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Green Earth Book Award

An initiative of the Public Environmental Charity, the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF), in partnership with Salisbury University in Maryland, the Green Earth Book Award promote books that inspire a child to grow a deeper appreciation, respect and responsibility for his or her natural environment. This is an annual award for books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that we have to protect it. The Green Earth Book Award is awarded in four categories:

  • Picture Book: for books for children from pre-school to age 8 where the pictures and illustrations are as important as the text
  • Children’s Fiction: encompasses novels for young readers up to age 12
  • Young Adult Fiction: includes books for readers from age 13 to 21
  • Nonfiction: includes books for readers from infancy to age 21

The award in each of the four categories is comprised of a monetary award of $1,000 to the author and $1,000 to the illustrator (or $2,000 if the author and illustrator is the same person). In addition, $250 in Green Earth Book Award-winning books will be donated to a Title I school in Northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, DC.

2010 Green Earth Book Award

Miss Fox's Class Goes Green, written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Anne Kennedy
(published by Albert Whitman & Company)
Earth in the Hot Seat: Bulletins from a Warming World, written by Marfe Ferguson Delano (published by National Geographic Children's Books)
Operation Redwood, written by S. Terrell French (published by Abrams/ Amulet Books)

The Carbon Diaries 2015 written by Saci Lloyd (published by Holiday House)

2010 Honor Books
A Place for Birds, written by Melissa Stewart
and illustrated by Higgins Bond (published
by Peachtree Publishers)
A Summer of Silk Moths, written by Margaret
Willey (published by Flux)
Heroes of the Environment, written by Harriet
Rohmer and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin
(published by Chronicle Books)
Mission: Save the Planet: Things YOU Can Do to Help Fight Global Warmi… written by Sally Ride & Tom
O'Shaughnessy (published by Roaring
Brook, An Imprint of MacMillan Children's
Publishing Group)
Recycle this Book: 100 Top Children's AuthorsTell You How to Go Green, written by Dan
Gutman (published by Random House
Children's Books)
Redwoods, written and illustrated by Jason
Chin (published by Roaring Brook Press, An
Imprint of MacMillan Children's Publishing
SCAT, written by Carl Hiaasen (published by
Random House Children’s Books)
The Curious Garden, written and illustrated by
Peter Brown (published by Little Brown
Books for Young Readers)
The Frog Scientist, written by Pamela S.
Turner and photographed by Andy Comis
(published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Books for Children)

2009 Green Earth Book Award Winners

Co-Winners — Picture Book Category
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai (Frances Foster Books) written and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola (published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers)

Varmints, written by Helen Ward and illustrated by Marc Craste (published by Candlewick Press)

Winner — Children’s Fiction Category

Night of the Spadefoot Toads written by Bill Harley (published by Peachtree Publishers)
Co-Winners — Young Adult Fiction Category

The Blind Faith Hotel , written by Pamela Todd (published by Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Write Naked ,written by Peter Gould (published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers)

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Winner — Nonfiction Category

MySpace/OurPlanet: Change Is Possible written by the Myspace Community, Jeca Taudte, and Dan Santat (published by The Bowen Press)

Honor Books

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World , written and illustrated by Melanie Walsh (published by Candlewick Press)

Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery , written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Joy Allen (published by Viking Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose , written by Diana Leszczynski (published by Random House Children’s Books)

Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life , written by Linda Siversten and Tosh Siversten (published by Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing)

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming (About Our Changing Climate) , written by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch (published by Dawn Publications)

Science Warriors: The Battle Against Invasive Species (Scientists in the Field) , written by Sneed B. Collard III (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Last Wild Place , written by Rosa Jordan (published by Peachtree Publishers)

The Wolves Are Back written by Jean Craighead George and illustrated by Wendell Minor (published by Dutton Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Tin Lizzie , written and illustrated by Allan Drummond (published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers)

Whirlwind: The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 2 , written by David Klass (published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers)

When Santa Turned Green , written by Victoria Perla and illustrated by Mirna Kantarevic (published by Thomas Nelson Inc.)

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2008 Winners
Winner — Children Fiction Category

Winston of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming , written by Jean Davies Okimoto and illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell (published by Sasquatch Books)

Winner — Young Adult Fiction Category

The Chronicles of Faerie: The Light-Bearer's Daughter , written by O. R. Melling (published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Winner — Nonfiction Category

Down-to-Earth Guide To Global Warming , written by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon (published by Scholastic, Inc.)

Honor Books

Adventures of Riley--The Polar Bear Puzzle , written by Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz (published by Eaglemont Press)

An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming , written by Al Gore and adapted by Jane O’Connor (published by Viking Children’s Books)

On Meadowview Street , written and illustrated by Henry Cole (published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

The Companions Quartet, Book One: Secret of the Sirens , written by Julia Golding (published by Marshall Cavendish Children’s)

The Sorta Sisters , , written by Adrian Fogelin (published by Peachtree Publishers)

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Winner — Children Category

Uno's Garden , written and illustrated by Graeme Base

Winner — Young Adult Fiction Category

Flash Point , written by Sneed B. Collard III

Winner — Nonfiction Category

A Place for Butterflies , written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond

Honor Books

Abigale the Happy Whale , written by Peter Farrelly and illustrated by Jamie Rama

All the Way to the Ocean , written by Joel Harper and illustrated by Marq Spusta

Firestorm: The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 1 , written by David Klass

Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool , written by Doug Wechsler

Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies , written by Jill Wolfson

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea (Scientists in the Field) Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea (Scientists in the Field) , written by Sy Montgomery and illustrated by Nic Bishop

Saving The Buffalo , written by Albert Marrin

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Winner - Children Category

Near One Cattail: Turtles, Logs And Leaping Frogs (Sharing Nature with Children Book) , written by Anthony D. Fredericks and illustrated by Jennifer DiRubbio

Winner - Young Adult Category

Let the River Run Silver Again!: How One School Helped Return the American Shad to the Potomac River Ù And How You Too Can Help Protect And Restore Our Living Waters , written by Sandy Burk

The World That We Want , written and illustrated by Kim Michelle Toft

Circles Of Hope , written by Karen Lynn Williams and illustrated by Linda Sport

The Secret Under My Skin , written by Janet McNaughton

Winner - Children Category

The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle, written and illustrated by Lynne Cherry

Honor Books - Children Category

Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth (Aspca Henry Bergh Children's Book Awards (Awards)) , written by Rochelle Strauss and illustrated by Margot Thompson

Garden of the Spirit Bear: Life in the Great Northern Rainforest (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (Awards)) , written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and illustrated by Deborah Milton

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