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Shortlist announced for Children's Literature Award


The Wilderness Society is proud to announce the shortlist for our 2013 Environment Award for Children’s Literature.

The Wilderness Society is proud to announce the shortlist for our 2013 Environment Award for Children’s Literature.

Each year, the award honours books that promote a sense of caring and responsibility for the environment through quality Australian children's books.

Winners will be announced to coincide with World Environment Day on 5 June, 2013.

Shortlisted books

Preschool category

By Penny Olsen and Penny O' Hara
Publisher: NLA Publishing

Rocky and Ruby Robin have decided to build a nest. Before they start, they visit all their friends to see what sort of nest would be best. Each nest is different, but the robins don’t feel that any of them is quite right for them. Find out which nest is best with this delightfully illustrated story.


By Ros Moriarty and Balarinji
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

The kangaroos hop, the butterflies fly, the echidnas shuffle across the land and down to the water's edge where a sleepy crocodile lies. A delightfully bright and cheerful book that introduces children to the animals in the Australian landscape while celebrating indigenous art in a joyous way.

By Sally Morgan
Publisher: Little Hare Books

Everyone needs a home, but some Australian creatures are losing theirs. From sandstone ridges to tropical beaches, from coastal woodlands to alpine streams, habitats are shrinking and changing. The animals in this book need help, and we are the only ones who can give it.

Primary category

By Meg McKinlay and Kyle Hughes-Odgers
Publisher: Fremantle Press

It was a red thing. It was a sparkly thing. It was a tiny, tiny thing. Tessa and Zachary have a machine that is swift and splendiferous. But one morning, the machine breaks down. Tessa and Zachary are forced to venture into the world where getting from here to there may never be the same...

By Margaret Wild and Vivienne Goodman
Publisher: Omnibus Books

Tanglewood lives on an island far away visited only by the wind. One day a bird shelters from the storm among its branches and a precious bond is formed. But Seagull belongs to the sky and, too soon, must leave. Will she ever return?

By Ann-Maree Thompson
Publisher: Ann-Maree Thompson

Based on the true environmental success story of Barren Box Swamp. Bizi the Musk Duck cannot believe his beloved swamp is dying. How can he leave his beautiful home? How can it be saved? A delightful read for any age and a fantastic teacher resource.

Meet our judges

The Environment Award for Children's Literature is judged by our esteemed Environmental Educators Panel plus two guest judges. In 2013, we're delighted to invite Jackie French and Dr Mark Norman to help judge the award.

Jackie French
One of Australia's best-loved authors, Jackie French's writing career spans 20 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, and more than 60 awards in Australia and overseas. Jackie is a passionate advocate for children as well as the conservation of wildlife and our planet. Jackie's book, The Tomorrow Book won the Environment Award for Children's Literature in 2011.

Dr Mark Norman
Mark is the head of Sciences at Museum Victoria where he leads a large and active team of curators, managers, postdoctoral fellows, students, associates and volunteers. For his own research he studies octopuses, squids, cuttlefishes and nautiluses (the cephalopods). Mark's book, The Great Barrier Reef Book: Solar Powered won the Environment Award for Children's Literature in 2010.

Environmental Educators Panel
This group, who established the Environment Award for Children's Literature almost 20 years ago,
have donated their summer holiday time over many years to promote the interests of environmental literature. The panel also holds a complete set of all books ever submitted for the award. This collection is a resource for academics and provides a unique historical perspective on changing values over time.

Award ceremony

Award winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Melbourne, and simultaneously on our website, to coincide with World Environment Day on 5 June. Get the event details.