The Environment Award For Children's Literature

The Environment Award For Children's Literature

The Wilderness Society's annual celebration of Australia's finest children's nature authors

Every year the Wilderness Society shortlists the best children's nature books, before a panel of judges crowns a winner. Showcasing some of the best writers and illustrators working in children's literature, the award promotes a love of nature in kids.

We 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.

In 1994, a group of environmental educators in Tasmania wanted to celebrate books that promoted a love of nature, a sense of caring for the world, and curiosity in children.

This group quickly realised that there was no such award for excellence in environmental writing for children, so they asked the Wilderness Society to help. Thus, the Environment Award for Children’s Literature was born.

Promoting a love of nature in children is one of the fundamental elements to building a society that respects and protects the places we love.

The 2020 awards

The shortlist will be announced on 21 May. Meet this year's three incredible judges—TV star and children’s author Rove McManus, science communicator Dr Jen Martin and award-winning author David Lawrence, and see a full breakdown of the shortlisted titles once the shortlist has been revealed.  

Visit the Environment Award For Children's Literature website for details on the upcoming awards and email us for more information. 

A rich back catalogue

You can check out the entire catalogue of more than 25 years of children’s nature books.

Last year's award-winning book.

Two authors who now find their work in this collection are Trent Maxwell and David Lawrence. They won last year's Environment Award for Children's Literature with their book in the Maxi The Lifeguard series, The Stormy Protest

The Stormy Protest shows kids that they can stand up in their local community and do what’s right,” says Trent. “And hopefully they can protect our oceans for years to come.”

Learn more about Trent and how he bore witness to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, something that inspired him to want to safeguard oceans for future generations. 

Take your children's love of nature further

With the help of amazing authors and illustrators, we’ve put together lesson plans to help spark curiosity in kids. Write or illustrate stories about nature and let us know how you get on! 

For the grown-ups 

Image: Dan Haley

For grown-up book worms, we've compiled a list of some of the best nature books of recent times that should be on your shelves. From a life philosophy based on berries in Braiding Sweetgrass to the amazing way trees communicate in The Hidden Life Of Trees, there are plenty of awe-inspiring reads to get stuck into.