Green Earth Book Awards 2023 Winners

Green Earth Book Awards 2023 Winners

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Children’s books concerning the atmosphere don’t typically get the sort of mainstream consideration as fantasies and literary fiction. The Nature Generation’s annual Green Earth Book Awards assist generate a few of that worthwhile e-book buzz for environmental-themed books aimed toward younger folks. The books they honor encourage youth to develop a deeper appreciation, respect, and accountability for his or her pure atmosphere – and that’s one thing to have fun.

The Green Earth Book Awards selects winners and honors runners-up within the classes of image books, and fiction and nonfiction at each kids’s and younger grownup studying ranges. Green Earth Book Award winners are indispensable reads for budding environmentalists of any age. Discover the 2023 winners beneath.

Picture Books


To Change a Planet
by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Rahele Jomeour Bell (Scholastic Press)

This 12 months’s successful image e-book stunning, color-saturated illustrations comply with numerous characters by means of their day by day lives till their tales finally converge in a local weather march on Washington. Well researched environmental messages are introduced in calm, easy language that even the youngest kids can perceive.


It’s Up To Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet
by Christopher Lloyd, ahead by, King Charles III, HRH and, 33 totally different illustrators (What on Earth Books)

The title is already lengthy, however the intelligent subtitle “The Children’s Terra Carta” is revealing. This image e-book is predicated on the Terra Carta, a roadmap to sustainability issued by King Charles III, and his Sustainable Markets Initiative. Half of all proceeds will go to the The Prince’s Foundation, a charity established by now-king Charles to show how Nature will be put on the coronary heart of human actions.

Our Green City
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Colleen Larmour (Kids Can Press)

In this image e-book concerning the components of constructing and sustaining a inexperienced metropolis, a various solid of characters strikes by means of a metropolis, educating kids methods to make even city ecosystems more healthy for all residing issues. Children are inspired to interact with the illustrations by figuring out components known as out within the lyrical textual content.

Scrap Metal Swan
by Joanne Linden, illustrated by Estrellita Caracol (Barefoot Books)

In playful, rhyming textual content and combined media illustrations, this e-book tells the story of a various neighborhood that comes collectively to clean up a polluted riverfront, and of the POC artist and her youngster who use the recovered scrap materials to make an exquisite sculpture. The e-book was impressed by a true-life artwork mission.

Children’s Fiction


Turn the Tide
by Elaine Dimopoulos (HarperCollins)

This story in verse offers a double dose of hope, when the protagonist, a 12-year-old piano participant Mimi, learns the true story of Melati and Isabel Wijsen, sisters her age whose lobbying efficiently resulted in a ban on single use plastic bags on their house island of Bali. Mimi is impressed to kind a kid-led grassroots motion to do the identical factor in her Florida neighborhood.


Legend Keepers: the Partnership
by Bruce L. Smith (Hidden Shelf Publishing House)

In this sequel to the award-winning Legend Keepers: The Chosen One, awkward 12-year-old Garson’s environmental journey is sparked by asking a single query on the faculty science honest. Soon he’s fascinated by glaciers. When he climbs the glacier close to his house, he befriends a mountain goat that lives there. Beginning to see the impacts of local weather change on the glacier by means of the eyes of his animal buddy, Garson is reworked into an environmental advocate.

Trouble at Turtle Pond
by Diana Renn (Regal House Publishing, Fitzroy Book Imprint)

In an environmental twist on the custom of kid-sleuths, 11-year-old Miles tries to go away behind his repute as a troublemaker and management his ADHD when he strikes to Marsh Hollow. His new neighbor invitations him to affix the Backyard Rangers, and collectively they uncover proof of poaching that places the delicate turtle inhabitants in danger.

by C.C. Harrington (Scholastic Press)

Maggie Stephenson is extra involved together with her stutter that makes her terrified to talk up in school than environmental points. But when she finds a snow leopard cub– an deserted sufferer of wildlife trafficking – in Wildoak Forest, she discovers that each the leopard and the forest are in peril.

Children’s Nonfiction


Fresh Air, Clean Water: Our Right to a Healthy Environment
by Megan Clendenan, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin (Orca Book Publishers)

Profiling children around the globe who’re taking environmental motion, this e-book presents the case that residing in a wholesome atmosphere is a human proper and options important court cases which are working to legally set up that proper. This e-book offers a basis for understanding how industrial exercise has led to local weather change and presents quite a lot of sensible approaches to environmental activism.


A Kid’s Guide to Saving the Planet: It’s Not Hopeless and We’re Not Helpless
by Paul Douglas, illustrated by Chelen Ecija (Beaming Books)

The subtitle says all of it. Meteorologist Paul Douglas presents real looking, confirmed options to battle local weather change and explains how younger folks will be a part of the answer by making sensible decisions.

Sharks Forever: The Mystery and History or the Planet’s Perfect Predator
by Mark Leiren-Young (Orca Book Publishers)

Long misunderstood, sharks play a key function in marine ecosystems however face myriad threats. This e-book takes a deep dive into the lives of sharks––their habitat, biology, habits and personalities, and the most important threats to their existence, from marine air pollution and overfishing to bycatch and shark-fin soup. But it additionally presents sharks in a brand new mild, trying previous the stereotypes to disclose that some sharks are cute and tiny, whereas others even have social lives.

The Global Ocean
by Rochelle Strauss, illustrated by Natasha Donovan (Kids Can Press)

Once upon a time, sailors sailed the seven seas. But as we speak we perceive that each one the world’s marine techniques make up a linked system of 1 nice, international ocean. This e-book explores the ocean’s monumental affect on the planet, and humans’ harmful influence on the ocean. But it additionally affords hope by highlighting many inspiring initiatives underway to cease and even reverse the harm.

Young Adult Fiction


Two Degrees
by Alan Gratz (Scholastic Press)

To many children – and adults – local weather change is simply too summary to spark concern. This e-book makes the impacts of local weather change concrete and relatable by means of thrilling journey tales about 4 children combating for his or her lives within the midst of local weather disasters, together with a California wildfire, a Florida hurricane, and an encounter with a displaced polar bear.


Front Country
by Sara St. Antoine (Chronicle Books)

Ginny Shepard is worked up to spend a month hiking within the Montana backcountry as an alternative of taking school prep courses; she’s much less excited concerning the tech-addicted boys who’re additionally on the journey, or the truth that it’s designed for youths who want “further assist.” But a month within the nice outside offers her a brand new perspective on her companions, and on the issues that she should face when she goes again to the “entrance nation.”

Young Adult Nonfiction


Salmon: Swimming for Survival
by Rowena Rae (Orca Book Publishers)

This is quantity eight within the Orca Wild sequence of books specializing in keystone and threatened species like orcas and grizzly bears. It explains the distinctive biology of salmon, their cultural and financial significance, and the necessary function they play in ecosystems. Finally, it introduces people who find themselves working to guard salmon from the numerous threats they face.


Where Have All the Birds Gone: Nature in Crisis
by Rebecca E. Hirsch (Twenty-First Century Books)

To a child, it would seem to be there are birds in all places. But since 1970, practically 30 % of all birds within the United States and Canada have vanished. Even adults will likely be fascinated to see how human exercise from metropolis lights and skyscrapers to pet cats and pesticides has impacted wild birds.

If you’re in search of much more nice books on the atmosphere, take a look at The Nature Generation’s Awards full 2023 list of winners, honors, and really helpful studying. You may take a look at past years’ winners and Earth911’s lists of books about climate change and different eco-themed reading for youths.