A Children's non-fiction book written by Dr Samatha Grover and Illustrated by Camille Heisler, published by CSIRO Publishing

Listed as a 2018 CBCA Notable in the Eve Pownall Award category for Information Books​

Shortlisted for the Environmental Award for Children’s Literature 2018

Included in the 2019 NSW Premiers Reading Challenge List



Have you ever wondered what happens in the earth underneath us? James has, and he wants to learn more about soil. In Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground, James discovers that soil is not just dirt for digging in. He explores how plants and animals live in soil, how soils are formed, how they differ, and the ways that soil is essential in our lives.

Written by Samantha Grover, a soil scientist and parent, and with engaging illustrations by artist Camille Heisler, Exploring Soils will take you to an underground world filled with activity and discoveries.

This book aligns with Australian curriculum and Soil Science Australia's "Soils in Schools" initiative and is supported by teacher resources, making it a perfect read for children 6-9 years old who are interested in the natural world around them, teachers and librarians, and parents and families.

Children's Literature

Grover, S. and Heisler, C. (Illustrator), (2017). Exploring Soil: A Hidden World Underground. Clayton South, Vic., Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Teacher Notes is a free downloadable PDF document created to support the use of this book in the classroom.​

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Dr Samantha Grover and her plant ecologist partner have two young boys who are fascinated by the natural world. Their endless questions and the UNESCO International Year of Soils combined to inspire Dr Grover to create this book to share the wonder of soils with a wider audience.

Camille Heisler is an Illustrator and Artist who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. Camille is passionate about nature, colour, and investigating ways to communicate the wonders of the environment. Camille's artwork often focusses on overlooked and undiscovered elements. For this book, Camille enjoyed the challenge and wonder of working with pencil and watercolour.