Did you know that 99% of life on Earth is comprised of microbes, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa? Almost all of these are microbes are not just beneficial, they are essential to the health of all living entities and ecosystems. And yet, most children are taught to believe that microbes are harmful…We need new stories about our small friends.

Introducing Small Friends Books.

Written for 8-12 years old children (and curious minds of all ages), Small Friends Books is an eco-literature series which re-imagines the world from a microbial perspective. Beautifully illustrated and based on complex science, each story is inspired by an example of symbiotic partnership in the microscopic world. Created by artists, writers, scientists and educators, the series is co-published by art-science collective, Scale Free Network and CSIRO Publishing. The first title in the Small Friends Books series, Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching, was released in June 2018 and is available online and in bookshops around Australia.