Inspiring Environmental Stewards

2015 Shortlist Winners

The Nature Generation created the Green Earth Book Award to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment. This is an annual award for books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility we have to protect it.  Congratulations to the authors, illustrators, photographers, publishers, and others involved with these amazing environmental books.

The Green Earth Book Award recognizes books in five categories – Picture Book, Children’s Fiction, Children’s Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Young Adult Nonfiction. In each category, the author/illustrator are awarded $2,000.

Winners and honor books will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Our winners will be awarded during our Read Green Festival at an event on October 1, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

And without further ado, the 2015 Green Earth Book Award Short List:


  • A Bird on My Hand by Mary Bevis and illustrated by Consie Powell
  • A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz and Catia Chien
  • Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm and illustrated by Molly Bang
  • E-I-E-I-O:  How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Matthew Myers
  • Five Famous Mice Meet Winston of Churchill by Jean Davies Okimoto and illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell
  • Hope Springs by Eric Walters and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
  • Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
  • Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
  • Old Manhattan Has Some Farms by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by Kate Endle
  • Sequoia by Tony Johnson and illustrated by Wendall Minor
  • The Great Big Green by Peggy Gifford and illustrated by Lisa Desimini
  • The Promise by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Laura Carline
  • Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube by Pat Mora and illustrated by Melio So
  • The Cod’s Tale by Mark Kurlansky and illustrated by S.D. Schindler


  • A Bird On Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
  • Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade by Beth Handman, Kenny Bruno, and Antonia Bruno and illustrated by Janet Pedersen
  • Mystery of the Eagle’s Nest by Tamra Wight and illustrated by Carl DiRocco
  • Ospreys in Danger by Pamela McDowell and illustrated by Kasia Charko
  • Saving Sammy by Eric Walters and illustrated by Amy Meissner
  • TreeCat by Jackie McFadden and illustrated by Tara Thelen
  • Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest by Anna Branford and illustrated by Elanna Allen
  •  Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly


  • Blue Iguana by Wendy Townsend
  • Parched by Georgia Clark
  • Pills and Starships by Lydia Millet
  • Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
  • The Starling God by Tanya Sousa and illustrated by Jacob Grant
  • Threatened by Eliot Schrefer



  • Because I Am a Girl by Rosemary McCarney and Jen Albaugh
  • Every Last Drop:  Bringing Clean Water Home by Michelle Mulder
  • Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis and John Gomes
  • Plastic, Ahoy!:  Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman and Annie Crawley
  • Recycling Day by Edward Miller
  • Skydiver:  Saving the Fastest Bird in the World by Celia Godkin
  • The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees:  A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle
  • The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature by Education Staff of Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Sarah Schmidt, Editor; and Laszlo Veres
  • Who Needs A Reef? by Karen Patkau


  • Beetle Busters by Loree Griffin Burns and Ellen Harasimowicz
  • Breath of Wilderness by Kristin Eggerling and the Olson Family
  • Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cat by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop
  • Eyes Wide Open:  Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman
  • Severn and the Day She Silenced the World by Janet Wilson and Janet Wilson
  • The Changing Climate of Asia by Patricia K. Kummer
  • The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans by Elizabeth Rusch
  • Wild Ocean by Matt Dembicki

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