Inspiring Environmental Stewards

Celebrating the Best in Environmental Lit

The Nature Generation annually bestows the national Green Earth Book Award to authors who write children’s and young adult books that best convey the message of environmental stewardship.

Since 2005, we’ve honored over 150 winning and honor books in the Picture Book, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Children’s Nonfiction and Young Adult Nonfiction categories. The award brings recognition to the winning authors, and we also pass on the message of stewardship by donating their inspirational books to students throughout the nation.

We’ll honor the 2017 winners’ for their excellence on the evening of November 8, 2017 at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center, a high-tech audio visual collaboration lab in our nation’s capital.   If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jenny Schmidt (

The evening includes a short awards ceremony, cocktail reception and panel discussion featuring 2017 Green Earth Book Award winners Nancy Castaldo (Young Adult Nonfiction winner for The Story of Seeds); Mary Knight (Children’s Fiction winner for Saving Wonder); and Maris Wicks (Children’s Non-Fiction winner for Science Comics: Coral Reefs – Cities of the Ocean).

While the winners are in town, we’ve invited them to share their knowledge and stories with kids and young adults at elementary, middle and high schools throughout the area.  We donate each authors’ books to the students and schools as well, including Lafayette Elementary School (Washington, DC), Hillsboro Charter Academy (Hillsboro, Virginia), Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.), and Swanson Middle School (Arlington, VA).

It’s up to all of us.

Join the individuals and business who care greatly about the environment as they support our award, our books donations, and seed grant programs to kids. By sponsoring our Read Green Program efforts, you are helping bridge the gap in environmental literacy.

Click here to see Read Green Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to make a donation.


A huge thank you to our event host and Presidential sponsor, Booz Allen Hamilton, and also to Cadmus, The Excalibur Group and LinTech Global.

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2016 Read Green Festival

The 2016 Read Green Festival was incredibly inspirational! We celebrated and honored our 2016 Green Earth Book Award winners on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on October 27, 2016. Listening to the moving words by these amazing authors was fantastic. One author was so moved by what she’d already heard that she scrapped her prepared remarks so she could speak more directly from the heart – with tears in her eyes!

Thanks to Wendy Rieger, NBC4 news anchor for emceeing our event, and to Jim Foster, President of the Anacostia Watershed Society for being our keynote speaker!

During the Festival, our 2016 winning authors connected with over 2,000 students during visits to schools in Arlington, Chantilly, and Hamilton, Virginia, as well as Washington, DC. Plus, we donated several hundred books to the schools and students!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Green Earth Book Awards happen – review panelists, board members, volunteers, schools, students, and community members.



Click here to learn more about the 2016 winners.

Watch the Video

Our winning authors are always delightful, and the author school visits fun and educational, and our Award Ceremony /Green Tie Reception inspiring. Throughout our Read Green Festivals, our authors visit five area schools and we donate books to the schools and students.  Check out our video highlighting our programs and winning authors!

Click here to check out pictures from past years

Thank you!

The financial support from these sponsors helps us teach kids how to be responsible environmental stewards through using our award winning books.  We donate the books to schools across the nation and also work to get the authors into the classroom.


"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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