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 80 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
Nominations for 2015 Green Earth Book Award Now Being Accepted
The 2014 Read Green Festival
Our 2014 Read Green Festival in September was a resounding success!
Our winning authors were delightful, the author school visits were fun and educational, and our Award Ceremony /Green Tie Reception was inspiring.
Throughout the 2014 Read Green Festival, our authors visited five area schools in DC, Arlington, and Fairfax, reaching over 500 kids. We were also able to donate 500 books to the schools and students. Our sponsorship effort was fantastic, raising $85K for the Festival. During the Award Ceremony and Green Tie Reception, we raised an additional $1,500 through our raffle and direct donations to 10,000 Book Fund.
None of this would have been possible without our 2014 Honorary Read Green Committee, sponsors, board members, partners and volunteers!
We hope everyone was inspired as we are to make a difference in the lives of children and to engage their help in addressing the environmental challenges that face us.
2014 Winner – Picture Book
The Eye of the Whale – A Rescue Story, written and illustrated by Jennifer O’Connell (published by Tilbury House)
O’Connell describes the rescue of a humpback whale that was found tangled in lines from crab traps miles off the coast of San Francisco. A team to try to save the massive creature. What happened next provides a captivating ending to this unusual tale and will spark discussion of the whale’s ability to experience and demonstrate emotions. O’Connell’s attractive paintings–many of them full spreads, some with insets–show the rescue from above and below the ocean surface and the tiny size of the divers compared with that of the whale, which is shown from many perspectives. Recommended Age: 5 to 10
2014 Winner – Children’s Fiction
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, written by Kathi Appelt (published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man—the massive creature who delights in delicious sugar cane and magnanimously rules over the swamp—is an honor, and a big responsibility Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn is not a member, but he loves the swamp something fierce, and he’ll do anything to help protect it. And help is needed, because world-class alligator wrestler Jaeger Stitch wants to turn the swamp into an Alligator World Wrestling Arena and Theme Park. Newbery Honoree and National Book Award finalist. Recommended Age: 8-12
2014 Winner – Young Adult Fiction
Washashore, written by Suzanne Goldsmith (published by Lucky Marble Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing)
Fourteen-year-old Clementine Harper must spend a winter on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her mother. She’s what the locals call a “washashore”—someone who’s come to live on the island but isn’t from there. Far from the city life she knows, her best friend and the father she adores, Clem doesn’t fit in. But when she finds a fallen bird—an osprey—she also finds a role for herself helping to bring back the endangered birds, and learns that there are some things you can’t save and some things you can—like osprey nests and, maybe, a lonely boy named Daniel. Recommended Age: Age 11-up
2014 Winner – Children’s Nonfiction
A Place for Turtles, written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond (published by Peachtree Publishers)
In simple yet informative language, A Place for Turtles introduces young readers to the ways human action or inaction can affect turtle populations and opens kids’ minds to a wide range of environmental issues. Describing various examples, the text provides an intriguing look at turtles, at the ecosystems that support their survival, and at the efforts of some people to save them. At the end of the book, the author offers readers a list of things they can do to help protect these special creatures in their own communities. Recommended Age: 6-10
2014 Winner – Young Adult Nonfiction
Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest: A Photographic Journey Through the American Bald Eagle Nesting Season, written by Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie (published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.)
Take a photographic journey of American Bald Eagles during nesting season. Through breathtaking images captured in eagles’ natural habitats, this factual account offers a rare glimpse into the behaviors and activities of America’s national symbol as it prepares a nest, mates, lays eggs, and raises its young. Travel with adult eagles as they gather nest materials, forage for prey, and ward off intruders into their territory. Inside the nest, observe how eaglets grow from hatchlings into fledglings, and experience first flight. Included are tips for observing eagles and a glossary of terms. Recommended Age: 13-21
2014 Honor Winners
Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell, written by Judith L. Li and illustrated by M.L. Herring (published by Oregon State University Press)
Frog Song, written by Brenda Guiberson and illustrated by Gennady Spirin (published by Henry Holt BYR, Macmillan Children’s)
Mousemobile, written by Prudence Breitrose and illustrated by Stephanie Yue (published by Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
Parrots Over Puerto Rico, written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trombore and illustrated by Susan L. Roth (published by Lee and Low Books)
The Lord of Opium, written by Nancy Farmer (published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal, written by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)