Episode 14 - Wizz Bang Books

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Idan Ben-Barak holds a BSc in medical science, an MSc in microbiology, and a PhD in the history and philosophy of science. His first book, Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World has been published around the world and won the 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F (Science Books and Films) Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult category. An excerpt from his most recent book, Why Aren't We Dead Yet? The Survivor's Guide to the Immune System, was runner-up in the 2015 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Idan lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children. 


Find Idan online at:

Website: http://www.idanbb.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idan.benbarak


Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before - like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt. The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world.


Kids Capers - Book Mashups

The kids get their experiment on and take their two favourite books into the lab for some weird and wacky book mashups.


REBECCA - 14yrs - VIC


Friday Barnes by R.A. Spratt


The Lorax by Dr Suess


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ABILENE - 8yrs - NSW 


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson


WeirDo by Anh Do


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MARISSA - 6yrs - SA


Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird


her own story 'Icecream'


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Whatcha Readin?

Kate recommends Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching written by Ailsa Wild, illustrated by Aviva Reed, created by Briony Barr and Dr Gregory Crocetti and published by CSIRO publishing.


Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros

Liz recommends Cyril and Pat, written and illustrated by Emily Gravett and published by Two Hoots.



Truly Tan Jen Storer


Nat recommends Dinosaur Day Out, written and illustrated by Sara Acton and published by Walker Books.





Kate gives a shout-out this episode to all the fabulous books shortlisted for the 2018 Environment Award for Children’s Literature. It’s a great list of fiction and non-fiction books selected because they promote a love of nature, a sense of caring for the world and curiosity. There are some really beautiful books on the list so check them all out at www.eacl.org.au


On Our Radar

On Nat's Radar is the Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program by the CBCA. She is lucky enough to be going down to Melbourne for two weeks to do a bunch of incredible kidlit stuff AND is being mentored by one of One More Page's favourite authors, Jane Godwin.


If you want to find out more about the program (or even apply for next year) check out the CBCA website at:


Competition Details


This episode, we’re giving away the gorgeous non-fiction book Ocean Emporium, written by Susie Brooks and illustrated by Dawn Cooper, and published by Red Shed, part of Egmont UK.


Head to our WIN page and let us know in 25 words or less if you were a scientist, what you would want to discover about the world and why? Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 21st August to be in the running. 

Other Bits & Pieces

If you couldn't get enough of Kate's bad science jokes (seriously, what's wrong with you?), then head to www.it.businessinsider.com/scientific-chemistry-jokes-puns-2017-6/ for more!


To illustrator Marianne Khoo for designing the One More Page podcast logo and other associated images.

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