Inspiring Environmental Stewards

Best in Children’s Stewardship Books

We are proud to announce our long list for the 2017 national Green Earth Book Award, which we bestow annually to children’s and young adult literature that best convey the message of environmental stewardship.  Nearly 150 books were nominated this year in five categories: picture book, children’s fiction and nonfiction; and young adult fiction and nonfiction.

For the past 13 years, we’ve bestowed the award to bring national recognition to important works and their authors with its highly qualified “seal of approval” for environmental literature.  The winners are chosen by a panel of literary, environmental and educational professionals.

“This long list of environmental stewardship books helps bridge a gap in environmental literacy by providing educators, librarians and parents excellent, well-vetted choices to keep the love of nature—and the facts about the environment—in the forefront of kids’ imagination,” said The Nature Generation founder and president, Amy Marasco.

“When the facts of science—which must drive national environmental and energy policy—are not valued, how can that policy be effective? When the science of climate change is not recognized, how can we take necessary action? And when environmental data sets are erased from official government websites, how can we know and teach truth?” Marasco added. “Now, more than ever, these books can deliver the message that must to be heard by our young generation.”

The short list will be announced in late March with the Green Earth Book Award winners announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.

The Green Earth Book Award Long List:


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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.


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