Access wombat resources from your library or resource centre.

  • “The secret world of wombats” by Jackie French provides an excellent and entertaining source for all things wombat.
  • “The wombat who talked to the stars” by Jill Morris is an excellent source for the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats.


Catterwell, Thelma. “Sebastian lives in a hat”. Illustrated by Kerry Argent
Fox, Mem. “Wombat Divine”. Illustrated by Kerry Argent
French Jackie. “Baby wombat’s week”. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
French, Jackie. “Diary of a wombat”. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
French, Jackie. “The warrior: the story of a wombat”. Illustrated by Bettina Guthridge
French, Jackie. “The wombat and the Grand Poohiam”. Illustrated by Andrew Marlton
Maber, Frances. “Willit’s friends”. (sound recording)
Maber, Frances. “Willit’s friends: a baby wombat’s first year”. Illustrated by Alexander Hills
Maber, Frances. “Willit the amazing wombat: a story in two parts”. Illustrated by Alexander Hills
Morris, Jill. “Harry the Hairy-nosed Wombat”. Illustrated by Tina Wilson
Morris, Jill. “Wombat down below”. Illustrated by Lucy Everitt
Morris, Jill. “The wombat who talked to the stars; the journal of a Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat”
Park, Ruth. “Adventures of a muddle-headed wombat”.
Smith, Ivan. “Death of a Wombat”. ( and audio by the Australian Broadcasting Commission)
Trinca, Rod. “One woolly wombat”. Illustrated by Kerry Argent
Vaughan, Ann. “Wombat stew”. Illustrated by Pamela Lofts
Pugh, Judith. “Wombalong”. Illustrated by Clifton Pugh


French, Jackie. “How to scratch a wombat”. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
French, Jackie. “The secret life of wombats”. Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
Johnson, Rebecca. “Wombat’s friend”. Illusrated by Steve Parish
Johnson, Rebecca. “Wombat’s secret”. Illustrated by Steve Parish
Krus, Sara Louise. “Wombats”.
Morris Jill. “Golden Wombats”. Illustrated by Jane Burrell
Morris, Jill. “The wombat who talked to the stars; the journal of a Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat”
Pyers, Greg. “Common Wombat”.
Reilly, Pauline. “Vomba the wombat”. Illustrated by Kayelene Traynor
Smith, Meredith J. “Marsupials of Australia”.
Stewart, Robin. “Wombat”. Illustrated by Yvonne Ashby
Stone, Lynn. “Wombats”.
Triggs. Barbara. “The wombat: common wombats in Australia”. (for teacher reference)
Woodford, James. “Secret life


Advocacy – Supporting a particular cause
Arid – Very dry
Biologist – Scientist who studies animals and plants
Burrows – Tunnels dug in the ground where wombats live
Colony – A group of wombats
Conservation – Keep from harm or loss
Critically endangered – Very close to extinction
Diprotodon – Pre-historic wombat-like animal
Endangered – May not be able to survive
Environment – Where animals and plants live
Establish – set up
Extinct – When the last animal dies
Fossil – Animal or plant remains from long ago.
Gestation – Time for a female to carry a developing embryo or young
Habitat – Natural home of a plant or animal
Herbivore – Animals who eat only plants
Herbivorous – Eating only plants
Latitude – Any distance north or south of the equator
Legislation – Laws made by parliament
Legislation – Legal ways to protect wombats
Longitude – Distance east or west of the prime meridian or line from the North to the South Pole
Maintain – Continue and support
Mammal – Animal that produces milk for its young
Mange – Parasite that kills wombats
Marsupial – Mammal with a pouch
Metabolism – A chemical process occurring in a cell
Muscular – Wombat legs and back
Nocturnal – Moving mostly at night
Pasture – An area covered with grass
Pouch – Where baby wombats stay
Predators – Animals or snakes, which can harm wombats
Sedges – Grass-like plants usually growing in swampy areas
Semi-arid – Partly dry
Skeleton – Bones left after an animal has died
Species – Type of plant or animal
Sub-zero – Below freezing
Sustainable – Can continue in an adequate fashion
Threatened – In danger of becoming extinct
Translocation – Move to another site
Tuber – Swollen end of an underground stem
Viewpoint – Having ideas about