I’m a fan of literary awards as it helps to separate the wheat from the chaff in a literary sense and they help when parents or educators are looking to purchase some quality titles. Literary awards are of course not the only way to choose quality books but they are a starting point. I am particularly fond of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature, managed by The Wilderness Society, as these annual awards highlight the best nature focused books and help young readers to develop their sense of responsibility for the environment. The awards were established in 1994 and The Wilderness Society has this to say about the awards: 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. Promoting a love of nature in children is one of the fundamental elements to building a society that respects and protects our unique landscapes. More here…
The image below featuring all 11 of the shortlisted books is available to download here as an A3 Poster. Print it and pop it up on the wall to promote the awards, the individual titles and a sense of the magic and joy of our natural environment.
Click on titles to add these shortlisted titles to your home, school or library collection.
Non-fiction Shortlist for 2018:
‘A Is For Australian Animals’ by Frané Lessac
‘Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground’ by Samantha Grover and Camille Heisler
‘Rock Pool Secrets’ by Narelle Oliver
‘Coral Sea Dreaming: The Picture Book’ by Kim Michelle Toft
Picture fiction Shortlist for 2018:
‘Can You Find Me?’ by Gordon Winch and Patrick Shirvington
‘Tilly’s Reef Adventure’ by Rhonda N Garward
‘Fluke’ by Lesley Gibbes and Michelle Dawson
‘Florette’ by Anna Walker
Winners from 2017 are below and they remain some of my favourite reads of the past year. Click on covers to add to your home, school or library collection.