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Environment Award for Children’s Literature winners announced

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On World Environment Day, the Wilderness Society was pleased to announce the winners of our 20th Environment Award for Children's Literature at a special event at Readings in Melbourne.

Yesterday, on World Environment Day, the Wilderness Society was pleased to announce the winners of our 20th Environment Award for Children's Literature at a special event at Readings in Melbourne. The winners were announced by Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester, and the Wilderness Society's Maritza Schafer.

In the Preschool category, writer and artist Sally Morgan took home the award for The Last Dance, a book about creatures losing their habitat and our need to protect it.

Sally Morgan shot to literary fame with My Place, a book about discovering her Aboriginal heritage at age 15 that sold more than half a million copies in Australia, has been published around the world and won the first of Morgan’s two Australian Human Rights Commission Literature awards. She is the director of the Centre for Indigenous History and the Arts at the University of Western Australia.

One of the judges of this year's award, multi-award-winning children’s author Jackie French, described The Last Dance as “beautifully illustrated, this book is another in a long series of books about extinctions, and why they occur.”

 

The Primary School category was won by Sydney-based writer Margaret Wild and illustrator Vivienne Goodman for Tanglewood, about the relationship between a tree and a seagull and the nature of relationships and loneliness.

Margaret Wild is one of Australia’s leading children’s book authors and has won three Children’s Book Council of Australia Children’s Book of the Year awards. She has written more than 40 children’s books including Toby, Our Granny, Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Feather Boa and Woolvs in the Sitee. Vivienne Goodman has illustrated many book covers, postage champs and children’s books including Guess What? by Mem Fox.

Jackie French described Tanglewood as “breathtaking in its beauty and simplicity, this book shows both the web of life, ecology and friendship. The understated analogy between the interdependence of a simple ecology as well as a social network is glorious in both concept and execution. This is an extraordinary book, joyous, transcendent and profound.”

Jackie French was joined in her judging role by Museum Victoria’s Head of Sciences, Dr Mark Norman, and a panel of environmental educators.

Previous winners of the Wilderness Society Environmental Award for Children’s Literature include great Australian writers Tim Winton, Colin Thiele, Paul Jennings, Jeannie Baker and Graeme Base.

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See shortlisted books for the 2013 Award.

See past winners of the Environment Award for Children's Literature.