Inspiring Environmental Stewards

2016 Green Earth Book Award Shortlist Announced

We announced the shortlist for the 2016 Green Earth Book Awards, our national award that 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 2015 in four categories. Young Adult Fiction, Children’s Fiction, Picture Book, and Children’s Nonfiction. No books in the Young Adult Nonfiction category were selected this year. A group of second graders will help announce the winners on Earth Day, April 22, 2016 at an event on the Chapman DeMary Nature Trail in Purcellville, Va. The Nature Generation will bestow the awards to winning authors during its annual Read Green Festival held this fall in the nation’s capital.

Young Adult Fiction

A 52-Hertz Whale, written by Bill Sommer and Natalie Haney Tilghman (Carolrhoda Lab™ – Lerner Publishing Group)

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

Children’s Fiction

Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue, written and illustrated by Paige Braddock (Andrews McMeel Publishing, Inc.)

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

The Neptune Challenge, written by Polly Holyoke (Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)

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

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

Picture Book

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

The Hornless Rhinoceros, written and illustrated by Robin W. Radcliffe (Living Fossil Productions)

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

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

Toad Weather, written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez (Peachtree Publishers)

Children’s Nonfiction

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

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

Trash Talk:  Moving Towards a Zero-Waste World, written by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers)

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

What’s the Buzz:  Keeping Bees in Flight, written by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox (Orca Book Publishers)

“Since 2004, we have recognized over 136 books Green Earth Book Award winner and honor books that inspire our youth to protect the planet.  We are proud to promote these books through our reading and donation programs and see first-hand how kids learn about the environment through these beautifully-written books,” said Amy Marasco Newton, founder and president of The Nature Generation.


To learn how you can support the Green Earth Book Award and book donations as a sponsor at our annual Read Green Festival, click here.



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