Award of The Week-The Green Earth Book Award


The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books. Over 128 winning and honor books have been honored since 2005. Each year, an expert jury selects books that best convey the message of environmental stewardship in these categories:

Picture Book: Books for young readers in which the visual and verbal narratives tell the story
Children’s Fiction: Novels for young readers up to age 12
Young Adult Fiction: Books for readers from age 13 to 21
Children’s Nonfiction: Nonfiction books for readers from infancy to age 12
Young Adult Nonfiction: Nonfiction books for readers from 12 to age 21


Complete list through the years available here

The 2018 shortlist is available at
and the winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2018

The Green Earth Book Award

2017 Winners in each category

Picture Book Winner
9781452112411 Follow the Moon Home
By: Philippe Cousteau & Deborah Hopkinson

A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl’s attempts to help save their babies from man-made light.
Children’s Fiction Winner
0545828937 Saving Wonder
By: Mary Knight

Curley Hines has lost his father, mother, and brother to coal mining, and now he lives with his grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Wonder Gap, Kentucky. When the mining company prepares to destroy their mountain, he must use the words his grandfather has taught him to save Red Hawk Mountain, even if it means losing the life he loves.
Children’s Non-Fiction Winner
61RzJKXI9OL._AC_US218_ Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean
By: Maris Wicks

A colorful graphic novel that explores how coral reefs are formed, their ecosystem, and how they are connected to the rest of the planet.
Young Adult Fiction Winner
9780807515808 Dig Too Deep
By: Amy Allgeyer

When a nearby mountaintop removal mine is suspected of contaminating the water and sickening the residents of a small Kentucky town, sixteen-year-old Liberty Briscoe searches for answers.
Young Adult Non-Fiction Winner
9780544320239 The Story of Seeds: from Mendel’s garden to your plate, and how there’s more of less to eat around the world
By: Nancy Castaldo

With the growth of genetically modified foods, the use of many seeds is dwindling–of 80,000 edible plants, only about 150 are being cultivated. With a global cast of men and women, scientists and laypeople, and photographic documentation, Nancy Castaldo chronicles where our food comes from, and more importantly, where it is going as she digs deeper into the importance of seeds in our world.

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