"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr Seuss
We couldn’t agree more with the infamous Dr Seuss, but we also believe that children’s books have a profound effect in shaping who we become as grown ups. The stories we read and enjoy as kids impact the adventures we take, the way we see and experience our landscapes, and sometimes our outlook on life.
We believe that promoting a love of nature in children is one of the fundamental elements to building a society that respects and protects our unique landscapes. That’s why since 1994, the Wilderness Society has awarded outstanding children’s books that promote a love of nature and a sense of caring and responsibility for the environment.
We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to present the shortlist for the 2014 Environment Award for Children’s Literature.
For this year’s award there are two categories: Picture Fiction and Younger Fiction.
In the Picture Fiction category we have five shortlisted books:
Welcome Home by Christina Booth (Ford Street Publishing)
The Twelve Days of Christmas Island by Teresa Lagrange (Allen & Unwin)
Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester (Penguin Group Australia)
The Curious Explorer’s Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals by Marc Martin (Penguin Group Australia)
Rainforest Lullaby by Sally Odgers, Illustrated by Lisa Stewart (Scholastic Press)
In the Younger Fiction category we have three shortlisted books:
Girl v the World: Sophie Bennett Saves the Planet by Meredith Badger (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Bush Baby Rescue: Juliet Nearly a Vet, Book 4 by Rebecca Johnson, Illustrated by Kyla may (Penguin Group Australia)
The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land and other eco-tales by Anne Morgan, Illustrated by Gay McKinnon (Interactive Publications)
EACL 2014 Shortlist
A huge congratulations to these amazing, shortlisted authors and illustrators!
Please check out these amazing books at your local bookstore or library. Stay tuned for our announcement of the winners later this winter.