Breaking Book News: 2021 Environment Award For Children’s Literature Shortlist Announced

Breaking Book News: 2021 Environment Award For Children’s Literature Shortlist Announced

Every year the Wilderness Society shortlists the best children’s nature books, before a panel of judges crowns a winner. Showcasing some of the best writers and illustrators working in children’s literature, the award promotes a love of nature in kids.

The winners will be announced in September at a special event during Nature Book Week (6 – 12 September).

The 13 books on the 2021 shortlist paint a vibrant picture of our environment – from astronauts longing for a life on earth, to First Nations stories and adventurous fairy possums. They also highlight the current climate issues facing the world today, with one book featuring a child’s desperate pleas for action falling on deaf ears as the seas rise around her town.

The shortlist is:

Picture Fiction

  • The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson, illustrated by Rovina Cai (Hachette Australia)
  • Bandits by Sha’an d’Anthes (Hachette Australia)
  • Give Me Some Space! By Philip Bunting (Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books)
  • Brother Moon by Maree McCarthy, illustrated by Samantha Fry (Magabala Books)
  • Larry Leadbeater: Field notes from a Fairy Possum by Jo Watson (Little Steps Publishing)

Non-Fiction

  • The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants by Philip Bunting. (Scholastic Australia—Omnibus Books)
  • Hold on! Saving the Spotted Handfish by Gina Newton, illustrated by Rachel Tribout (CSIRO Publishing)
  • Tree Beings by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Sandra Severgnini. (Exisle Publishing. EK Books Imprint)
  • Ninja Bandicoots and Turbo-Charged Wombats by Hazel Flynn. (Piccolo Nero. Black Inc Books)

Fiction

  • Edie’s Experiments 2: How to Be the Best by Charlotte Barkla, illustrated by Sandy Flett (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens by First Dog on the Moon (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Weirdo #15: Planet Weird by Anh Do, illustrated by Jules Faber (Scholastic Australia)

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