Green Earth Book Award

Using the power of story to teach children about our natural environment and the responsibility we all have to protect it.

Winner_GoldThe 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

Green Earth Book Award Winners List  May  2014

Click here for a Earth Book Award Fact Sheet 


2014 Green Earth Book Award Shortlist Announced

Judges have selected a shortlist of books vying for for the 2014 Green Earth Book Award. The award honors authors whose books best convey the environmental stewardship message to youth. It is given annually to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment. The shortlist includes titles published in 2013 in five categories. The Nature Generation will bestow the award to authors during its 10th Anniversary Read Green Festival on September 18-19 in the nation’s capital. Click here to see the shortlist.


 2014 Awards and Read Green Festival


read green festival 2014 book tree All are welcome to join us September 18, 2014 in our nation’s capital for the Green Earth Book Award ceremony and tenth anniversary celebration!

Click here to learn about Festival Activities including author visits to schools, book donations, the Awards Ceremony and Green Tie Reception. 

Questions?  Contact Jenny Schmidt,

Nominations for 2014 Green Earth Book Awards are now closed.


NatGen Brings the Green Reading Challenge to Area Schools

Each year, our judges read hundreds of environmental books and then present the Green Earth Book Award to those they deem the best in environmental stewardship literature.  NatGen has invited students from area schools to tell us what they think, too!

From March 21 – May 15, students from participating schools are invited to take the Green Reading Challenge by reading and reviewing as many environmental books as they can— at least half of them from our Green Earth Book Award winners list!  For each book they read, they’ll fill out a book review form or create a fun video/trailer.

At the end of the Reading Challenge (it ends on May 15, 2014), we will award a Kindle to the student from each school submitting the most reviews.

If you are a teacher or a youth group leader and want to participate, please contact

Click here for Student Instructions for Reading Challenge

Click here for School Instructions for Reading Challenge

Green Earth Book Award Winners List

Forms can be submitted to or mail to: The Nature Generation, 3434 Washington Blvd. 2nd Floor AC 2021 A, Arlington, VA 22201, ATTN:  Reading Challenge.

“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


2013 Green Earth Book Award Winners

April 2013 marked the ninth annual Green Earth Book Award, the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adults. The Green Earth Book Award each year brings an expert jury together to determine winning children and young adult books with a message of environmental stewardship. The books raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that we have to protect it.

The annual awards are presented at Salisbury University’s Read Green Festival in Maryland. The award ceremony was held at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art to honor 2013 Green Earth Book Award winners, including the following authors who were present at the awards ceremony: Loree Griffin Burns, Phillip Hoose, Andri Snaer Magnason, Eliot Schrefer, Melissa Stewart, and Tiffany Trent. The authors also participated in panel discussions and school visits, creating a wide variety of options for the public to interact with these amazing literary professionals.  Read more…

Click here to view author acceptance speeches (video courtesy of Ralph Quattruci, Ventana Productions)

Click here to learn more about the Green Earth Book Award


Picture BookThe Family Tree, written and illustrated by David McPhail

published by Henry Holt and Co.

A young boy and his animal friends get together to save a tree which has given them so much.



Children’s Fiction: One White Dolphin, by Gill Lewis

published by Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Story of friendship and community taps into the radiance of nature and explores timely environmental issues.


Children’s Nonfiction  Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard, by Loree  Griffin Burns and photographed by Ellen Harasimowicz

published by Henry Holt and Co.

Encourages children to perform field experiments to help scientists learn more about the environment.


Young Adult Fiction:  Endangered, by Eliot Schrefer

published by Scholastic

The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos –and herself–from a violent coup.



Young Adult Nonfiction:  Moonbird:  A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, by Phillip Hoose

published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Through stirring images and prose, explores the tragedy of extinction and ways to save the Moonbird.


2013 Honor Award Winners:

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A Place for Bats, written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond (published by Peachtree Publishers)





Momentum, by Saci Lloyd  (published by Holiday House)





Puffling Patrol, written by Ted Lewin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin (published by Lee & Low Books)





Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World, written by Laurie Lawlor and illustrated by Laura Beingessner (published by Holiday House)






The Hop, written by Sharelle Byars Moranville and illustrated by Niki Daly (published by Disney Hyperion)




The Story of the Blue Planet, written by Andri Snaer Magnason and illustrated by Aslaug Jonsdottir (published by Seven Stories Press) 




The Unnaturalists, by Tiffany Trent (published by Simon & Schuster/ S&S Books for Young Readers)




 “I am honored to be the recipient of the Green Earth Book Award!  And I appreciate all your efforts to make children aware of what they can and must do to protect our environment.” 

-Marc Brown, 2012 GEBA winner, Arthur Turns Green


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