Happy Earth Day!
My father was the organizer of our town’s Earth Day celebration the first year it was held in 1970, so it holds a very dear place in my heart. I was smack dab in the middle, too, at 10 years old. With that in mind, here is a news release from The Nature Generation. I wish these books had been available for 10-year-old me:
April 22, 2016 — The Nature Generation, a nonprofit that inspires environmental stewardship, announced today the national 2016 Green Earth Book Award winners. The literature award is recognition of authors and illustrators whose books best inspire young readers to care for the environment. Second graders from Culbert Elementary School helped unveil the winners during a nature field trip at the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, Va.
“This year’s Green Earth Book Award winners are particularly poignant, introducing young readers to the vulnerabilities of humanity in terms of our connection to the natural world. In these winning books, the adversity and the struggles to make sense out of life lead to hope and beauty and lay the foundation for stories that inspire us to greatness. They will motivate young readers to view their relationship with nature differently, and to become future stewards of the natural world we live in,” said lead review panelist Dr. Ernie Bond, professor at Salisbury University and leading specialist in children’s and young adult literature.
The Stranded Whale, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Melanie Cataldo (Candlewick Press)
Crane Boy, written by Diana Cohn and illustrated by Youme (Cinco Puntos Press)
The Seeds of Friendship, written and illustrated by Michael Foreman (Candlewick Press)
Young Adult Fiction
The Beast of Cretacea, written by Todd Strasser (Candlewick Press)
The Thing About Jellyfish, written by Ali Benjamin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Sydney & Simon Go Green!, written by Paul A. Reynolds and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (Charlesbridge)
The Order of the Trees, by Katy Farber (Green Writers Press)
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)
Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall, written by Anita Silvey (National Geographic Society)