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The Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children’s Literature was set up to help promote a sense of caring and responsibility for nature through quality Australian children's books. The rationale for the Environment Award is to create positive attitudes towards and understanding of, the natural environment. Childhood is a time when most attitudes are formed. A good story can help children become receptive to a book's inherent values. The Environment Award encourages writers and illustrators who create books with environmental values.
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True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin (published by ABC Books) features 100 simple solutions to the environmental challenges facing kids today. The Wilderness Society commended the fun and easy ways the book shows kids how to make a difference to our environment such as planting an organic garden and calculating a family's/ school's carbon footprint.
Tuart Dwellers by Jan Ramage, with gorgeous illustrations Ellen Hickman, was published by the WADepartment of Environment and Conservation. This thoughtful pictorial celebrates the diversity, colour and ingenuity of the natural world. Young readers will enjoy tales about how a Crab Spider goes shopping and a Jewel Beetle becomes a seedpod. Tuart Dwellers was also short listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia - Eve Pownall Award and listed as an "Honour Book" in the Picture Book of the year Notable Books category.
Both True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet and Tuart Dwellers promote environmental values and sense of caring and responsibility for the environment.
Site Publishers Note: Tuart Dwellers is not currently available from most suppliers, includiing ours. However, the Department of Environment in Western Australia does appear to hold some stock. Distribution guys. Distribution.
2009 Other Shortlisted
Nyuntu Ninti (What You Should Know) by Bob Randall and Melanie Hogan ABC Books - Through thegentle and wise words of 'Uncle' Bob Randall, Nyuntu Ninti shows us what we should all know about an ancient and spiritual culture that is the very heart and soul of Australia. In this beautiful photographic book for young children, Bob Randall explains, in a simple but effective way, the Anangu people's relationship to all that is around them, and why we must learn to care for the earth, its plants and its creatures. Based on the award-winning documentary, Kanyini, Nyuntu Ninti, meaning 'what you should know', teaches us about the people who are at the heart of our country. More
Cat on the Island by Gary Crew. Illustrations Gillian Warden & Liz Kemp HarperCollins Publishers Australia - This is the true story of David and his father, who came to Stephens Island - a remote and pristine island off Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand in 1894. There they built a lighthouse to protect ships entering the strait. Oblivious of the potential damage to the environment, they chopped down the trees and ferns where the local birds sheltered, thereby demolishing their habitat. But worse than that, they brought their pregnant cat with them. The tiny Stephens Island wrens, being flightless, had no natural defences against the predators and were wiped out in less than two years. The event is cited as the only instance where one species has been directly responsible for the extinction of another. Of course, once they realised what had happened, conservation authorities began the official eradication of the cats, more
The Big Picture Book of Environments by John Long Allen & Unwin - Our Earth is a remarkable place. We need to celebrate its diverse and complex beauty, and save it for future generations. With stunning images and a child-friendly text based on the latest scientific research, The Big Picture Book of Environments explores the effects of changing climate on environments around the world, including the great rivers, deserts, Arctic regions, cities, abyssal depths and forests. This is the perfect introduction to the complexity of climate change and what we can expect in the future. More
Varanus the Gardening Goanna By Pauline Reilly. Illustrations Kayelene Traynor Bristlebird Books
Amazing Facts About Australian Mammals by Queensland Museum and Steve Parish Steve Parish Publishing
Amazing Facts About Australian Native Plants by Cathy Hope and Steve Parish Steve Parish Publishing
Eco-Warrior by Skye Bortoli ABC Books- The inspirational true story of one girl's amazing life journey and her fight to save the environment. At just 15, Skye is a passionate and highly awarded conservationist. Ages 12+. More
Climate Change by Angela Crocombe (Environment Australia series) Echidna Books
Water Supply by Angela Crocombe (Environment Australia series) Echidna Books
POW! Meet the Renewables by Caren Trafford. Illustrations Charlotte Lance Etram Publishing -Join the renewables as they discover what happens when fossil fuels burn and realease the Greenhouse Gang into the atmosphere. Ages 5+.
Chelonia Green, Champion of Turtles by Christobel Mattingley Allen & Unwin- It's time to save the turtles! Chellie loves the beautiful green turtles on her tropical island home, especially since their scientific name is so close to her own. Every year she would watch them swim in the sea and make their long journeys up the beach to lay their eggs. But one day, Chellie makes a grim and horrible discovery - the rubbish pollution is threatening her beloved turtles, so she is forced to act. Can she save them before it is too late? More
The Dog that Dumped on My Doona by Barry Jonsberg Allen & Unwin -Blacky the dog is on a mission from God - and only Marcus can help him. More
Small Fry Outdoors: Inspiration for Being Outdoors with Kids - by Susie Cameron, Katrina Crook and Caroline Webster ABC Books- More
Going Bush by Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle (Allen & Unwin)
A landmark publication from an acclaimed team - a beautiful and exciting picture book containing a message of hope. Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle help sixteen children from eight schools in south-west Sydney explore their local environment and work collaboratively on art and writing. An inspiring model for the way harmony can be shared across the whole of Australian society. More
'Going Bush is a fascinating picture book that is genuinely inspiring.'Sunday Age11/3/07'...a great reminder of how children inhabit their environment - all of it and all the time...a detailed explanation of the sophisticated set of relationships between cultures, places and peoples of Australia.'Courier Mail, 31/03/07'...an absorbing book full of kids' own comments...this book is to be used rather than just read aloud.'Magpies, Vol 2
2008 Shortlist Picture Books
30 Amazing Australian Animals by Christopher Cheng and Gregory Rogers (Random House)
The Antarctica Book: Living in the Freezerby Mark Norman (Black Dog Books)
Weather or Not: It’s a Climate for Change by Caren Trafford and David Wilsher (Etram Publishing)
Wallabies, Wombats and other Mammals of Australia by Lee L. Curtis (New Holland Publishers)
* Uno’s Garden by Graeme Base (Viking) Penguin Books, and
* Leaf Litter: Exploring the Mysteries of a Hidden World by Rachel Tonkin (Angus & Robertson) HarperCollins
Picture Book Winner: Uno’s Garden by Graeme Base (Viking). This is a lively and lavishly detailed picture book about environmental sustainability. A whimsical imaginary landscape demonstrates the importance of learning from past mistakes to ensure a balanced and liveable future. The added puzzles and mathematical details make it a fascinating book for all ages. More
Non-Fiction Winne: is Leaf Litter: Exploring the Mysteries of a Hidden World by Rachel Tonkin (Angus & Robertson). Imagine sitting under a gum tree and discovering an astonishing new world of interconnection and unexpected beauty. This outstanding book will provide readers with hours of entertainment searching for the things described, while giving a superb demonstration of the interdependence of all life. More
Non-fiction Picture Book The Big Picture Book by John Long, illustrations Brian Choo (Allen & Unwin)
This book features four billion years of evolution in 48 pages, told in simple words and stunning images, using the latest scientific research. A must for adults as well as children. The universe is a mystery. The beginning of all things is a mystery. With a lyrical text and astounding images reflecting the latest scientific research, "The Big Picture Book" explores the origins of the universe and the solar system, and the evolution of life on Earth. Watch as continents shift over billions of years; as the first stirrings of life appear and evolve, over millennia, into the birds, beasts, plants and fish we know today. More
Picture Book Award (joint winners) Belonging by Jeannie Baker (Walker Books Australia)
As in the author's previous picture book, Window, this book is observed through the window of a house in a typical urban neighbourhood, each picture showing a year's developments. This is Window in reverse, though, with the land being reclaimed from built-up concrete to a gradual greening, shown through the artist's characteristic collage illustrations. More
About the Author
Jeannie Baker was born in England, but has lived in Australia for many years. Her illustrations have appeared in various publications, including The Sunday Times. She is the author/artist of several picture books, including the award-winning Where the Forest Meets the Sea, The Hidden Forest and Window, to which this new book is a companion.
The World that we Want by Kim Michelle Toft (University of Queensland Press)
Lyrical text and striking illustrations weave together the air, rain forest, mangrove, beach, tide pool, reef, atoll, and oceanto show how these habitats are all interconnected. An in-depth look at these environments and the animals that live in them is offered along with notes about dangers that threaten their survival. More
Non-Fiction Award: Greg Pyer2009 | 2008| 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 |2003 |2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 |1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | back to top | home page
Picture Book Award : The Extinction Series by Gary Crew. Mark Wilson (Lothian Books)
Non-Fiction Award Antarctica: The Heart of the World by Coral Tulloch (ABC Books)
Lifetime Achievement Tricia Oktober for Bush Secrets, Wetlands, Rainforest, Reef, etc. (Hodder Headline)
Fiction: Blotsville by Mary Steele. Illustrations Jiri Tibor Novak (Hyland House).
Non-fiction: Solo Wildlife series by David Kennet (Omnibus Books).
Publishing: Steve Parish for his outstanding contribution to environmental publishing.2009 | 2008| 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 |2003 |2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 |1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | back to top | home page
Picture book: Yellow-eye by David Spillman, illustrated by Mark Wilson (Era).
Non-fiction: Greg Pyers for his outstanding contribution to environmental non-fiction for children.
Non-fiction * The State of the Planet by John Nicholson (Allen & Unwin)
* The Hidden Forest by Jeannie Baker, illustrated by Jeannie Baker (Walker Books)
* The Singing Hat by Tohby Riddle, illustrated by Tohby Riddle (Viking, Penguin)
* Remote Man by Elizabeth Honey, illustrated by Elizabeth Honey (Allen & Unwin)2009 | 2008| 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 |2003 |2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 |1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | back to top | home page
* Mahogany the Mystery Glider by Jill Morris, illustrations Sharon Dye (Greater Glider)
* Sand Swimmers: The Secret Life of Australia's Dead Heart by Narelle Oliver (Lothian)
* Islands in My Garden by Jim Howes, ill. Roland Harvey (Roland Harvey Books)
* Australian Guide to series published by Gould League of Victoria. Titles include Pondlife2009 | 2008| 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 |2003 |2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 |1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | back to top | home page
* One Child by Christopher Cheng, illustrated by Steven Woolman (Era Publications)
* Blueback by Tim Winton, illustrated by Karen Louise (Pan Macmillan)
* The Incomplete Book of Australian Mammals by Ronald Strahan, illustrated by Pamela Conder (Kangaroo Press)
* Spiders Spin Webs by Yvonne Winer, illustrated by Karen Lloyd-Jones (Margaret Hamilton Books, Sydney NSW)
* High Valley by Colin Thiele (Walter McVitty Books, Montville QLD)
Colin Thiele was honoured not only for High Valley, but also for his numerous other children's books with an environmental ethic - the environmental equivalent, you might say, of Oscar's Lifetime Achievement Award.
* The Story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker (Random House)
* Small Worlds series; Spotlight on Spiders and It's a Frog's Life! by Densey Clyne (Allen & Unwin)
1995 Award Winners
* The Fisherman and the Theefyspray by Paul Jennings, ill. Jane Tanner (Viking)
* to Pauline Reilly, for her Picture Roo Books about Australian Animals; Emu, Sugar-glider, Kangaroo, etc. ill. Will Rolland & Gayle Russell (Kangaroo Press)
* The Deliverance of Dancing Bears by Elizabeth Stanley (Cygnet Books)
* Secrets of the Rainforest by Margaret Dunkle, ill. Dailan Pugh (Hyland House)
* A Matter of Cats by Elizabeth Hutchins (Hyland House)
* Lucy and the Whale by Jonathan Harlen, ill. Rachel Tonkin (Omnibus)
* Who did That? by Jill Bruce, ill. Jan Wade (Kangaroo Press)
* Rainforest Animals by Chris Cheng (Ashton Scholastic)2009 | 2008| 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 |2003 |2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 |1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | back to top | home page