Inspiring Environmental Stewards

Green Earth Book Award Winners Announced

Winner_Gold  We celebrated our 10th anniversary of the Green Earth Book Award on Sept. 18-19 with a series of events that highlighted our signature youth and education programs during our Read Green Festival. In addition, we are marking our first decade of success with a donation of 10,000 environmental books with a message of stewardship to area schools.

“Being able to deliver engaging material about the environment in such a big way is a perfect representation of our first decade of success,” said Ian Kline, chairman of the board.  “We’ve engaged thousands of students with books, outdoor classrooms, and even a student-designed nature trail. The impact is incredible – we’ve seen children of all ages embrace environmental responsibility through our programs.”

The celebration kicked off with the official announcement of the 2014 winners for the Green Earth Book Award, which is a national recognition of authors and illustrators whose books best inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment. Also in its 10th year, the award has five categories. The 2014 winners are:

  •  Jennifer O’Connell – The Eye of the Whale a Rescue Story (picture book)
  • Kathi Appelt – The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (children’s fiction)
  • Suzanne Goldsmith, Washashore (young adult fiction)
  • Melissa Stewart and Higgins Bond – A Place for Turtles (children’s nonfiction)
  • Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie– Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest: A Photographic Journey Through the American Bald Eagle Nesting Season (young adult nonfiction)

The authors led the Read Green Festival by visiting five schools in and around the nation’s capital. They met with students to talk about environmental literature, what students can do to be environmental stewards, and answer students’ questions about their books. The festival culminated at Patterson Elementary School in Southwest DC, where all the authors gathered to work with students to create an environmental time capsule.

“In the past decade, we are proud to have bestowed the national Green Earth Book Award to over 100 critically acclaimed books and have donated thousands of these books to children and young adults,” said Amy Marasco Newton, founder and president of  The Nature Generation. “During the festival, a special magic begins when we bring our new winning eco-authors into the classroom — they make a deeper connection with the students and bring the message of stewardship alive.”

Following the festival, The Nature Generation and its Read Green committee members, including NBC 4 News Anchor Wendy Reiger, honored the authors at its annual Green Tie Reception. NPR’s Richard Harris delivered the keynote speech, emphasizing the educational links to addressing climate change and encouraging sustainability.

The 2014 winners are:

  •  Jennifer O’Connell – The Eye of the Whale a Rescue Story (picture book)
  • Kathi Appelt – The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (children’s fiction)
  • Suzanne Goldsmith, Washashore (young adult fiction)
  • Melissa Stewart and Higgins Bond – A Place for Turtles (children’s nonfiction)
  • Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie– Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest: A Photographic Journey Through the American Bald Eagle Nesting Season (young adult nonfiction)

Winner – Picture Book

eye of the whaleThe 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

Winner – Children’s Fiction

true-blue-scouts-of-sugar-man-swamp-9781442421080_hrThe 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

Winner – Young Adult Fiction

Washashore front cover.jpgWashashore, 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

Winner – Children’s Nonfiction

Layout 1A 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

Winner – Young Adult Nonfiction

InsideaBaldEagle'sNestFrontCoverInside 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

 

 

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Honor Winners

 

 

 

17165806Ellie’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)

 

 

 

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frogsong-bFrog Song, written by Brenda Guiberson and illustrated by Gennady Spirin (published by Henry Holt BYR, Macmillan Children’s)

 

 

 

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9781423174127Mousemobile, written by Prudence Breitrose and illustrated by Stephanie Yue (published by Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)

 

 

 

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parrots over puerto ricoParrots Over Puerto Rico, written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trombore and illustrated by Susan L. Roth (published by Lee and Low Books)

 

 

 

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lord of opiumThe Lord of Opium, written by Nancy Farmer (published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

 

 

 

 

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tapirThe Tapir Scientist:  Saving South America’s Largest Mammal, written by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

 

 

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