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Writing about the energy transition for children.

Use this topical children’s book to engage and educate students on the challenge of climate change and the energy transition. This resource is best suited to students in years R to 6 studying Biological and Earth and Space Science.

The energy transition: it’s super complicated, right? According to one researcher, it’s actually something a child could understand.

Amy’s Balancing Act, written by ANU’s Dr Bjorn Sturmberg and illustrated by Laura Stitzel, is a fable about clean energy. It aims to explain the complications of the energy transition to children, their families, and educators.

In this video, Cosmos chats with Bjorn about why you’d want to write a children’s book on energy and the transition to renewables, and what he hopes it will achieve.

There are many questions around the climate crisis that need to be answered. The book contains a section for unpacking the fable. This provides ideal opportunity to engage students in discussion around climate change and energy transition. It also highlights mindset changes and challenges, developing important scientific literacy skills.

You can access a digital copy of the book for educational purposes here, using the password SchoolAccess.

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Years: R – 6


Biological Sciences – Ecosystems

Earth and Space Sciences – Climate

Additional – Careers, Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Interdependence & Ecosystems

Earth and Space Sciences – The Earth’s Surface


F-6 & 9