A gift for Canberra

On Canberra Day 2013, we celebrated Canberra's 100th birthday! Phoebe's story was published by Canberra author Angela Moyle, with the intention that it would be her gift to Canberra to commemorate such a special occasion.

Bookmaking can take quite some time.  Once the decision was made to publish the book, it took nearly a year to be print-ready! Without the talents, direction and support of Australian artist Ian Coate it never would have all come together.

About Phoebe Digs Politics

The book is a story about a wombat who digs her way into Parliament House Canberra and has an encounter with some politicians and the media before being rescued by a trusty ACT Parks & Wildlife Ranger.

On 12 December 2013, the book was officially launched at Kingford Smith School in Holt with Education Minister Joy Birch in attendance. 100 books were donated to the ACT Government and these books were distributed to schools and libraries around Canberra.

The books are available for sale at different locations around Canberra - at Dymocks Belconnen, Harry Hartog Woden, The Botanical Gardens Bookshop, The National Library of Australia and of course at the Parliament House Giftshop!

It is also available to buy online here.

The following clip is a cute, one-minute-long book preview that will give you a sneak peak at the beautiful illustrations that are in the book.

Educational resources for Phoebe Digs Politics

Teaching resources relevant to the book that align with the Australian Curriculum are now available here.  There are some questions and facts about Canberra, wombats and Parliament and three worksheets for children F-2.