Christmas is just around the corner but there’s still time to get affordable, thoughtful easy-to-wrap gifts from our Publishing team.
We’ve got something to suit all the special people in your life, especially if they’re science lovers. In fact, we’ve got a book for each of the twelve days of Christmas.
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me… a subscription to Double Helix
Double Helix magazine
Ideal for the child or young adult in your life, Double Helix is packed with fun, exciting and quality articles, to spark their interest in science and technology and keep them busy over the holidays!
Two salty ships
Southern Surveyor: Stories from Onboard Australia’s Ocean Research Vessel by Michael Veitch
These tales of adventure and discovery at sea aren’t about pirates or mermaids, they are the true stories from on board Australia’s national research vessel, the Southern Surveyor. While it doesn’t have cannons over the bow or buried treasure, it does have exploding underwater volcanoes and sunken WWII shipwrecks.
Three (not turtle) doves
Pigeons and Doves in Australia by Joseph Forshaw and William Cooper
Calling all bird watchers. Forget turtle doves, these common urban birds are much easier to spot. This illustrated classic covers all 30 native pigeons and doves you can reference on your nature walks this summer.
Four fancy phasmids
Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch
Stick this one in your stockings: Our first ever children’s book is the stunningly illustrated true story of the phasmid and its remarkable journey back from extinction.
Five marvelous mammals
The Complete Guide to Finding the Mammals of Australia by David Andrew
You won’t see a reindeer on Aussie soil anytime other than Christmas Eve but we’ve got you covered for locating your favourite local mammals with this book. From whales, dolphins and dugongs to koalas, platypuses and Tassie devils, this guide will give you all the details need to find them in their natural habitats.
Six Aussie Alps
Australian Alps by Deirdre Slattery
If you’re heading up to the mountains this Christmas, you’d better pick yourself up a guide to Australia’s highest mountains before you trek off. This illustrated guide has all you need to know about the plants, animals, climate and history of the Australian Alps national parks.
Seven dancing dingoes
The Dingo Debate: Origins, Behaviour and Conservation edited by Bradley Smith
There’s no dancing around the fact that dingoes can get a bit of a bad wrap but these native dogs are intriguing to say the least. Sink your teeth into this great read over the holidays.
Eight penguins prancing
Penguins: Their World, Their Ways by Tui De Roy, Mark Jones and Julie Cornthwaite
We may not get our white Christmas here in Oz but with over 400 photographs of pretty penguins, this book is sure to get you in the spirit.
Nine brazen bushrangers
Ned Kelly: Under the Microscope edited by Craig Cormick
This other man with a beard can save your Christmas if you’re stuck for ideas. Although Ned Kelly and his gang have been celebrated in biographies, artwork and stories, there are many pieces of his history that remain unknown. Most notably, the whereabouts of his head.
Ten seasons changing
Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia’s Changing Seasons by Timothy Entwisle
If you’re sipping on a festive drink around the BBQ thinking that Sprummer just isn’t as hot as it used to be, you might be interested in picking up a copy of this book to find out why.
Eleven gardens growing
Australian Garden Rescue: Restoring a Damaged Garden by Mary Horsfall
Those lucky enough to have some time off over the holiday period will probably get stuck into some must needed garden maintenance. So if your garden is feeling a bit neglected (or you want to send a hint to your significant other), this is the book for you!
Twelve fables foiled
The Explainer: From Deja Vu to Why the Sky Is Blue, and Other Conundrums
If you want to look like a smarty-pants at the dinner table this Christmas, then you had better read up on the latest collection of explainers from news website The Conversation which answers the questions on everyone’s mind. This one is sure to make you the most informed dinner guest at any party.
Check out these titles and some other gift ideas on the CSIRO Publishing website and get free postage when you enter the promo-code online! Make sure you order before 16 December to get them delivered in time for Christmas.