We’re delighted to hear that so many of our books have received attention from The Nature Generation’s national Green Earth Book Award long list selectors! Now celebrating its 15thyear, this award directs attention to books for children and young adults that provide environmental themes and excellent storytelling.
“This long list of environmental stewardship books brings educators and parents top quality, well-vetted choices to give our next generation the gift of the love of nature—and the gift of understanding facts and science about the environment. These gifts are the tools they’ll use to solve the critical environmental issues the world is facing.” – Amy Marasco, The Nature Generation Founder and President
There are 68 titles on the long list, including picture books, children’s fiction, children’s nonfiction, young adult fiction, and young adult nonfiction. Publishers include large trade houses, specialized presses, university publishers, and independents. A tenth of that list comes from our clients, who are represented in the categories for picture books, children’s fiction, and children’s nonfiction. Short lists will be revealed in March and final announcement of the awards takes place in April.
That gives you plenty of time to enjoy sharing these with the young environmentalists in your life:
Errol’s Garden, written and illustrated by Gillian Hibbs and published by Child’s Play International, offers urban children a picture book model hero who finds ways to expand his food gardening in a densely built neighborhood.
Lucy and the Dragonfly, written by Caroline Hamel, illustrated by Lucie Papineau and published by Auzou, shows and tells picture book readers the story of girl who identifies with the Earth’s environmental decay and is cheered by actions taken to restore nature.
Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Scientis Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming, written by Sigrid Schmalzer, illustrated by Melanie Linden Chan and published by Tilbury House Publishers appeals to picture book reading children as well as older readers through adult, as it shows and tells the story of Chinese Pu Zhelong from farmboy to researcher.
The King of Bees, written by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated Jim LaMarche and published by Peachtree Publishers provides an inside look at the operations of a bee farmer and the social lives of honeybees.
The Flooded Earth, written by Mardi McConnochie and published by Pajama Press gives middle grade readers an age-appropriate climate fiction dystopia filled with adventure and character development that will leave readers on the lookout for its sequel (publishing this year).
Bat Citizens, written and illustrated by Rob
Laidlaw and published by Pajama Press combines information about these “ninjas of the night” with activities kids have undertaken to assure bats safe environments in our changing world.
Raising a Forest, written and illustrated by Thibaud Herem and
published by Cicada Books shares the architectural artist’s passion for gardening and shows how people can support trees’ and forests’ health.