Inspiring Environmental Stewards

Short List Winners Announced

We’ve announced the shortlist for our 2017 Green Earth Book Award, the national award that honors authors whose books best convey the environmental stewardship message to youth. We bestow it annually to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment.

“Indifference and even denial toward the science of climate change continues to escalate,” said Amy Marasco, president of The Nature Generation. “Each one of these amazing books counters this dangerous trend and encourages stewardship and the pursuit of science, which is even more critical moving forward if we are to raise a generation of children who are prepared to care for the planet.”

The shortlist includes titles published in 2016 in five categories. Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Nonfiction, Children’s Fiction, and Children’s Nonfiction and Picture Book. The winners and honor books will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

The books were vetted by a panel of esteemed judges representing environmental and educational organizations in private industry, associations, and governmental natural resource agencies, as well as college professors and elementary school teachers.  Click here to learn more about the award.

2017 Short List

  • Ada’s Violin, written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, written by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus and illustrated by Evan Turk (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • Because of an Acorn, written by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon (Chronicle Books)
  • Conservation of Endangered Species: Saving the Endangered Green Sea Turtle, written by Sarah Machajewski (Britannica Educational Publishing)
  • Dig Too Deep, written by Amy Allgeyer (Albert Whitman & Co)
  • Every Breath We Take: A Book About Air, written by Maya Ajmera and Dominique Browning (Charlesbridge Publishing)
  • Follow the Moon Home, written by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Meilo So (Chronicle Books)
  • Green City, written and illustrated by Allan Drummond (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Hopping Ahead of Climate Change—Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival, written by Sneed B. Collard III (Bucking Horse Books (Distributed by Mountain Press)
  • Inside an Osprey’s Nest, written by Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie (Schiffer Publishing)
  • Journey: The Amazing Story of Or-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History, written by Beckie Elgin (Inkwater Press)
  • Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs, written by Linda Vander Heyden and illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen (Sleeping Bear Press)
  • Pocket Change: Pitching in for a Better World, written by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Rescued, written by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic Press)
  • Saving Wonder, written by Mary Knight (Scholastic Press)
  • Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean, written by Maris Wicks (First Second/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • The Story of Seeds, written by Nancy Castaldo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Where’s the Elephant?, written and illustrated by Stephane-Yves Barroux (Candlewick Press)

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