Desert Lake

Author Pamela Freeman

Illustrator Liz Anelli

Publisher Walker Books

Genre Australian picture book

A stunning picture book that celebrates the beauty of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

It’s raining up north and soon everything will change for the desert lake.

The dry salt bed of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre shimmers in the desert heat. But far up north, the rains have come. Water is flooding into empty riverbeds and swirling down towards the lake. Soon everything will change.

Beautifully written narrative that explores the unique story of one of Australia’s most amazing phenomenon.

Features lyrical narrative and well-researched facts by award-winning author Pamela Freeman and stunning original mixed media illustrations by Liz Anelli.

A wonderful new addition to the acclaimed and award-winning Nature Storybook series, which provides memorable reading experiences, combining narrative and factual forms.

For ages 5 and up


Pamela Freeman is an award-winning author whose work ranges from picture books to adult novels. She is best known for her Floramonde series of fantasy novels. The Castings Trilogy is Pamela’s highly successful fantasy series for adults published by Hachette Australia. In addition to this, she teaches creative writing to adults at the Australian Writers’ Centre. Victor’s Challenge won the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Short Fiction/Illustrated Work/Picture Book and was a Notable Book in the Younger Readers Category, CBCA Awards, 2010. Mary’s Australia was shortlisted for the 2015 CBCA Eve Pownall Award.

Liz Anelli has recently come to live in Newcastle, NSW, having previously lived and worked as an illustrator in England. She has a huge passion for drawing and keeps rows of sketchbooks in her studio. Alongside books and other illustration commissions Liz has been a key activist for ‘The Campaign For Drawing’, facilitating numerous international ‘Big Draws’ for the past thirteen years. She also has been much involved with creative child learning in schools and community settings. Liz won an Australia Council grant to visit and research Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

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