Inspiring Environmental Stewards

2016 Winning Authors are Honored, Meet with Students

The Green Earth Book Awards events last week were FANTASTIC! Our authors connected with over 2,000 students during visits to schools in Arlington, Chantilly, and Hamilton, Virginia, as well as Washington, DC and we donated several hundred books to the schools and students! Our authors were inspiring, too – hearing them speak to students and seeing their direct impact, and listening to their moving words as they accepted their awards was just amazing!

Our 2016 Winners:

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

Young Adult Fiction- The Beast of Cretacea, written by Todd Strasser (Candlewick Press)

Children’s Fiction –The Thing About Jellyfish, written by Ali Benjamin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

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

2016 Honor Award Winners:

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

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

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

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

Children’s Fiction – The Order of the Trees, by Katy Farber (Green Writers Press)

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

Children’s Nonfiction – Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall, written by Anita Silvey (National Geographic Society)


We announced our winners during an Earth Day field trip to the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, a group of 75 2nd graders helped announce the winners and gave their reactions to how the books inspired them to be good environmental stewards. The National Environmental Education Foundation was on hand to present a water testing activity to show the students the importance of keeping our streams, rivers and oceans clean.


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Each year we donate these award wining books to schools, hospitals and youth groups. Please consider making a contribution to The Nature Generation so we can give more of these inspirational books to our next generation of environmental stewards.

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