Zobi and the Zoox
Zobi and the Zoox is a beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, set on the Great Barrier Reef.
This 44-page children’s book features a cast of microbes, molecules and mucus – the microscopic members of the symbiotic society within coral. When their coral polyp home begins to bleach due to the warming ocean, our hero Zobi (a rhizobia bacterium) works together with a family of slow-but-steady Zoox (zooxanthellae) to try to save the day.
Launched at ArtPlay in March 2015 with an all-star panel, Zobi and the Zoox has also won or been shortlisted for a number of awards, including:
- Winner of a Puggle (the children’s choice award at the 2015 Environmental Award for Children’s Literature),
- shortlisted for the 2015 Environmental Award for Children’s Literature,
- shortlisted for the 2015 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year award, and
- shortlisted for the 2015 DeBary Outstanding Children’s Science Book Award.
You can learn more about Zobi and the Zoox and related resources – including how to purchase copies – at our dedicated Small Friends Books website.
The Small Friends Books team have delivered a range of storytelling and art-making workshops, such as a Regional Arts Victoria tour to a bunch of Victorian schools in 2016 and our Rights for the Reef workshops at the Australian Earth Law Alliance conference and with small groups of parents and children.
Get in touch with one of the book team if you’d like us to come out to your school or organisation.