Inspiring Environmental Stewards

The Green Earth Book Award

The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books. Over 128 winning and honor books have been honored since 2005. The award continues to garner attention from the literary world as an esteemed award, bringing recognition to authors, but more importantly, providing the award-winning books to children.

Each year, an expert jury selects books that best convey the message of environmental stewardship in these categories:

    • Picture Book:  books for young readers in which the visual and verbal narratives tell the story
    • Children’s Fiction: novels for young readers up to age 12
    • Young Adult Fiction: books for readers from age 13 to 21
    • Children’s Nonfiction: nonfiction books for readers from infancy to age 12
    • Young Adult Nonfiction: nonfiction books for readers from 12 to age 21


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2017 Award

Nominations for the 2017 Green Earth Book Award were due by January 5, 2017, and submissions are now under review by our esteemed panel of judges.

Darby Bade, CSRA International; Shanetia Clarke, Salisbury University, Faculty in Teacher Education; Patty Dean, Salisbury University, Associate Professor in Teacher Education; Tony Diecidue, Blue Canopy, Senior Manager, Next Generation Solutions Business Unit; Josh Falk, National Wildlife Federation, Manager for Kids and Nature; Tricia Fisher, Broadneck Elementary School, Fourth Grade Teacher; Doris Gebel, Children’s Literature Consultant; Nick Glass, TeachingBooks.net, Founder & Executive Director; Lydia Kline, National Institutes of Health, Science Policy Analyst; Ian Kline, The Cadmus Group, President and CEO; Laura Marasco, Salisbury University, Professor Emerita, Education Specialties; Cynthia McDermott, Antioch University, Director of the Education Department; Margy Meeks, Retired Librarian; Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Early Literacy/Outreach Librarian; Robin Richardson, Federal Government; Sharon Sheridan, GFWC West Virginia President-Elect 2014-2016; Retired Librarian; Erin Stutleburg, Salisbury University, Assistant Professor; Ed Sullivan, Author, Editor, and Educator; Tamara Teaff, Retired Librarian, Virginia Reader’s Choice Committee; Peter Trick, The Cadmus Group, Executive Vice President; Heather Vance-Chalcraft, East Carolina University, Professor of Biology; and Emily White, South Dakota State University, South Dakota Geographic Alliance, Alliance Coordinator

The long list will be announced in February 2017, and the short list will be announced at the end of March 2017. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.

2017 Short List

2017 Short List

  • Ada’s Violin, written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, written by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus and illustrated by Evan Turk (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • Because of an Acorn, written by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon (Chronicle Books)
  • Conservation of Endangered Species: Saving the Endangered Green Sea Turtle, written by Sarah Machajewski (Britannica Educational Publishing)
  • Dig Too Deep, written by Amy Allgeyer (Albert Whitman & Co)
  • Every Breath We Take: A Book About Air, written by Maya Ajmera and Dominique Browning (Charlesbridge Publishing)
  • Follow the Moon Home, written by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Meilo So (Chronicle Books)
  • Green City, written and illustrated by Allan Drummond (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Hopping Ahead of Climate Change—Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival, written by Sneed B. Collard III (Bucking Horse Books (Distributed by Mountain Press)
  • Inside an Osprey’s Nest, written by Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie (Schiffer Publishing)
  • Journey: The Amazing Story of Or-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History, written by Beckie Elgin (Inkwater Press)
  • Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs, written by Linda Vander Heyden and illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen (Sleeping Bear Press)
  • Pocket Change: Pitching in for a Better World, written by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Rescued, written by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic Press)
  • Saving Wonder, written by Mary Knight (Scholastic Press)
  • Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean, written by Maris Wicks (First Second/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • The Story of Seeds, written by Nancy Castaldo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Where’s the Elephant?, written and illustrated by Stephane-Yves Barroux (Candlewick Press)

2017 Long List

PICTURE BOOK

  • Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, and illustrated by Evan Turk (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • Circle, by Jeannie Baker (Candlewick Press)
  • Did Tiger Take the Rain?, by Charles Norris-Brown (Green Writers Press)
  • Finding Wild, by Megan Wagner Lloyd and illustrated by Abigail Halpin (Alfred A. Knopf BFYR, Random House Children’s Books)
  • Follow the Moon Home, by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, and illustrated by Meilo So (Chronicle Books)
  • Gaia and the Golden Toad: A Tale of Climate Change, by Joan Muller (Mascot Books)
  • Green City, by Allan Drummond (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Green Is Good, by Elizabeth Gorcey and illustrated by Kajiah Jacobs (Bowie Books, LLC)
  • Greenling, Levi Pinfold (Candlewick Press)
  • Jake the Happy Trash Truck, written by Yvonne Osborne and Scott Osborne, and illustrated by Corbin Hillam (Crystal Publishing LLC)
  • Kenya’s Art, by Linda Trice and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell (Charlesbridge Publishing)
  • Mr. King’s Machine, by Geneviève Côté (Kids Can Press)
  • Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs, by Linda Vander Heyden and illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen (Sleeping Bear Press)
  • Prairie Dog Song, by Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth (LEE & LOW BOOKS)
  • Rainbow Weaver, Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri (Children’s Book Press/LEE & LOW BOOKS)
  • Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep, by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • The Lonely Giant, by Sophie Ambrose (Candlewick Press)
  • This is My Dollhouse, by Giselle Potter (Schwartz & Wade, Random House Children’s Books)
  • This Is the Earth, by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, and illustrated by Wendell Minors (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Tokyo Digs a Garden, by John-Erik Lappano and illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka (Groundwood Books)
  • Where’s the Elephant?, by Stephane-Yves Barroux (Candlewick Press)

CHILDREN’S FICTION

  • Ace, King of My Heart, by Lea Herrick and illustrated by Nora Howell, Krystal Colon, and David Herrick (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
  • Maybe a Fox, by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee (Atheneum Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
  • Pax, by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen  (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Saving Wonder, by Mary Knight (Scholastic Press)
  • The Wolf Keepers, by Elise Broach and illustrated by Alice Ratterree (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

  • Broken Wing, by David Budbill (Green Writers Press)
  • Dig Too Deep, by Amy Allgeyer (Albert Whitman & Co)
  • KABOOM!, by Brian Adams (Green Writers Press)
  • Keep Her, by Leora Krygier (She Writes Press)
  • Rescued, by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic Press)
  • Up from the Sea, by Leza Lowitz (Crown BFYR, Random House Children’s Books)

CHILDREN’S NONFICTION

  • A Home in the Biome:  A Home in a Coral Reef, by Louise and Richard Spilsbury (PowerKids Press, Rosen Publishing)
  • Ada’s Violin, by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Adventures in Nature: Creepy-Crawlies, by Cath Senker (PowerKids Press, Rosen Publishing)
  • Adventures in Nature: Pond Wildlife, by Clare Hibbert (PowerKids Press, Rosen Publishing)
  • After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary, by Dr. Brady Barr and Jennifer Keats Curtis, and illustrated by Susan Detwiler (Arbordale Publishing)
  • Animal Planet Chapter Books: Sharks!, by Lori Stein (Time Inc. Books)
  • Because of an Acorn, by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer, and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon (Chronicle Books)
  • Conservation of Endangered Species: Saving the American Bald Eagle, by Therese Shea (Britannica Educational Publishing)
  • Conservation of Endangered Species: Saving the Endangered American Alligator, by Jeanne Nagle (Britannica Educational Publishing)
  • Conservation of Endangered Species: Saving the Endangered Blue Whale, by Simone Payment (Britannica Educational Publishing)
  • Conservation of Endangered Species: Saving the Endangered Gray Wolf, by Shalini Saxena (Britannica Educational Publishing)
  • Conservation of Endangered Species: Saving the Endangered Green Sea Turtle, by Sarah Machajewski (Britannica Educational Publishing)
  • Conservation of Endangered Species: Saving the Endangered Grizzly Bear, by Justine Ciovacco (Britannica Educational Publishing)
  • Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet, by Nikki Tate (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Every Breath We Take: A Book About Air, by Maya Ajmera and Dominique Browning (Charlesbridge Publishing)
  • Grow! Raise! Catch!: How We Get Our Food, by Shelley Rotner (Holiday House)
  • Growing Peace, by Richard Sobol (Children’s Book Press/LEE & LOW BOOKS)
  • Journey, by Emma Bland Smith and illustrated by Robin James (Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books)
  • Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon: A True Story of Rescue and Rehabilitation, by Christie Gove-Berg (Adventure Publications)
  • Otters Love to Play, by Jonathan London and illustrated by Meilo So (Candlewick Press)
  • Pocket Change: Pitching in for a Better World, by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Science Comics, Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean, by Maris Wicks (First Second/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Sea Otter Rescue, by Suzi Eszterhas (Owlkids)
  • Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea, by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Raúl Colón (Simon & Schuster Paula Wiseman Books)
  • The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, by Jan Thornhill (Groundwood Books)
  • Welcome to New Zealand: A Nature Guide, by Sandra Morris (Candlewick Press)

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION

  • Hopping Ahead of Climate Change—Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival, by Sneed B. Collard III (Bucking Horse Books, distributed by Mountain Press)
  • Inside an Osprey’s Nest, by Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie (Schiffer Publishing)
  • Journey: The Amazing Story of Or-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History, by Beckie Elgin (Inkwater Press)
  • The End of Life as We Know It: Climate Change, A Threat to All Life on Earth, by Lisa A. Wroble (Enslow Publishing)
  • The End of Life as We Know It: Drying Up, Running Out of Water, by Lisa A. Wroble (Enslow Publishing)
  • The End of Life as We Know It: Starving, by Lisa A. Wroble (Enslow Publishing)
  • The Great White Shark Scientist, by Sy Montgomery and photographed by Keith Ellenbogen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • The Story of Seeds, by Nancy Castaldo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

A shout out to Salisbury /university’s Dr. Patty Dean and Erin Stutelber, for receiving and vetting this year’s nominations.

 

2016 Winner – Picture Book

The Stranded Whale, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Melanie Cataldo (Candlewick Press)

A tale of a child’s effort to rescue a beached whale evokes a fierce love of wildlife and a universal sense of loss. Sally and her brothers are walking home from school along the dunes in their Maine town when they come upon an   enormous whale stranded on the beach. They recruit  people to help, but the tide is going out quickly and the whale is just too big for them to save.  This authentic portrait of vulnerability is at once spare, moving, and honest, tender and heartrending. For readers ages 5-9.

Honor Winners:

Crane Boy, written by Diana Cohn and  illustrated by Youme  (Cinco Puntos Press)

The Seeds of Friendship,  written and illustrated by Michael Foreman (Candlewick Press)

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2016 Winner – Children’s Fiction

The Thing About Jellyfish, written by Ali Benjamin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting. As she travels the globe in search of answers, she gets a closer look at nature and science, and discovers the astonishing wonders of the universe.  Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death…and the potential for love and hope right next door.  Jellyfish was selected as a 2015 National Book Award finalist. For readers 10-13.

Honor Winners:

Sydney & Simon Go Green!, written by Paul A. Reynolds and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (Charlesbridge)

The Order of the Trees, written by Katy Farber (Green Writers Press)

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2016 Winner – Young Adult Fiction

The Beast of Cretacea, written by Todd Strasser (Candlewick Press)

The Beast of Cretacea is an environmental cautionary tale about a dying Earth.  In this futuristic retelling of Moby Dick, 17 year old Ishmael travels to a pristine planet called Cretacea and risks his life on a fishing crew that hunts down ocean-dwelling beasts to harvest and send back to the resource-depleted Earth. His journey with Captain Ahab becomes a quest to capture the elusive Great Terrafin and takes him on encounters with pirates and reveals mysteries about his past.  For readers ages 12 and up.

2016 Winner – Children’s Nonfiction

Children’s Nonfiction

Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue, written by Karen Romano Young and Daniel Raven-Ellison (National Geographic Society)

Kids can connect their love of animals with their passion to help save them, discovering amazing true adventure stories, gorgeous photography, hands-on activities, fascinating information, and more. Provides in-depth information about their habitats, challenges, and successes, so that kids can take action to help save these amazing endangered creatures.  For readers ages 10 and up.

Honor Winners:

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (Millbrook Press)

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall, written by Anita Silvey (National Geographic Society)

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“One of the beauties of the Earth Book Award is that it recognizes an author who’s writing about a topic that is of vital importance to our Earth, yet it’s an area that, until recently, received little attention.”

~ Pam Spencer Holley, author of the American Library Association’s Quick and Popular Reads for Teens ~

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