Amy’s Balancing Act

Welcome to the home of “Amy’s Balancing Act”, an inspiring tale about clean energy and the power of diversity.

This unique story packs the complexities and emotions of the journey to clean energy into an engaging, entertaining book that can be understood by children, their families and educators.

It provides a positive resolution to the climate wars – being respectful to the past while clear eyed about a brighter future.

Amy has always done things a certain way, but when her old horse gets ready to retire, Amy must find a fresh approach. With the help of some new friends, Amy discovers the power of teamwork and how to balance keeping the mail on time with having a lighter impact on the environment.

Praise for Amy’s Balancing Act

Get your copy

A limited run of signed first edition books are available for purchase here: bjornsturmberg.com/shop.

Or you should be able to find the books in your local or online bookstore of choice – if they’re not already stocking it please direct them to the distributor Woodslane.

While you wait for a hardcopy, here are some sample pages to spark your imagination…

Teaching resources

The good folk at Cool Australia have created three lesson plans based on Amy’s story. These are written for years 3&4, years 5&6, and for parents, and connect Amy’s lessons into the Australian curriculum.

As additional resources you may also wish to check out the following blog posts that dive into the story’s lessons on diversity, team work, and the transition from coal to clean energy: post 1, post 2.

News

To catch up on the backstory of the story, you can checkout the kickstarter campaign and blog posts here.

  • Amy launched in the Parliament of Australia
    Amy’s story has struck such a chord with political moment that Alicia Payne MP, the member for Canberra, hosted the national launch of Amy’s Balancing Act in Federal Parliament. The event included an enthusiastic speech from the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, the Hon Chris Bowen, as well as an impressive upside-down reading of… Continue reading
  • Story of the Week on LiSTNR platform
    Amy’s story is now available (for free) as an audiobook on the LiSTNR platform https://lnkd.in/d3rCVffgwhere it is currently the #StoryoftheWeek on Kinderling Kids Radio (which is a wonderful trove of stories!) Full disclosure, the journey of creating Amy’s Balancing Act and recording the audiobook has made it very apparent to me that it’s the illustrations… Continue reading
  • Being a part of Woodfordia
    I’ve always loved how the Woodford Folk Festival serves up fun for young and old. I’m delighted to be a part of this years festival with an adult talk with Prof Ian Lowe and a children’s talk about Amy’s Balancing Act. Above all, it’s simply going to be the best time introducing my son to… Continue reading
  • Amy is launched (in Sydney at least)
    Thanks to everyone who came out in #sydney for the launch of Amy’s Balancing Act. Particular shout out to all the #families (incl from Australian Parents for Climate Action) balancing work, #school, and bed routines! And of course to the special #bookreader Craig Reucassel #books are available now in your favorite #bookstore, and signed copies… Continue reading
  • Amy’s Balancing Act is now in stock!
    I’m delighted to announce that the first edition hardcover hard copies of my kids book Amy’s Balancing Act are now in stock! You can get signed copies from my online shop and regular copies from all good bookshops (if they don’t yet have them on bookshelves they can order them through the distributor Woodslane). To… Continue reading