The Environment Award for Children’s Literature: Nature Book Week 7 – 13 September 2020

The Environment Award for Children’s Literature: Nature Book Week 7 – 13 September 2020

The Wilderness Society is launching the very first Nature Book Week (7-13 Sept). Its focus is the importance of books in connecting us to nature. In a year like 2020, our inherent need to connect with nature has never been more apparent. When we can’t step outside to breathe the crisp air of the bush, nature books can take us there. Books can inspire the next generation to be custodians of nature through creative writing and captivating illustration; Nature Book Week is a celebration of some of Australia’s finest storytellers.

The launch of Nature Book Week coincides with Threatened Species Day: 7th September.

During Nature Book Week the winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature will be announced at a special awards ceremony on September 10.  This prestigious award that has been running for 26 years.  You can find all ten shortlisted books here

Presenter, actor, children’s author and illustrator Rove McManus will be Nature Book Week’s first Ambassador.

“I am thrilled to be the Ambassador of Nature Book Week,” says Rove.

“To think that there are people out there who are trying to, in a creative way, share the idea of how important it is to take care of our planet for the next generation, I think is a really important thing, because that’s exactly what we’re trying to do.”

Rove will be presiding over an event-filled week, with online readings, talks and awards, kicking off with a live National Threatened Species Day discussion on Facebook with author and conservationist Prof. Tim Flannery.

Tim’s new children’s book Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!, made it into the shortlist for this year’s Environment Award For Children’s Literature. Nature Book Week culminates with the eagerly anticipated announcement of the winners of the 2020 EACL in a live award’s ceremony. The judging panel, comprising science communicator Dr Jen Martin, award-winning author David Lawrence and Nature Book Week Ambassador Rove McManus, will be there to explain why they chose the winning titles in this Facebook Live event on 10 September.

As part of Nature Book Week The Wilderness Society is working with Indigenous communities and schools, like the Nawarddeken Academy in Arnhem land, to give the fantastic nature books we received for consideration a good home.

“The Nawarddeken Academy is thrilled to be receiving a donation of books from The Wilderness Society. Being located on an Indigenous ranger base in west Arnhem Land, we have limited access to quality printed texts that embrace the natural environment,” says Olga Scholes, Nawarddeken Academy Executive Officer.

“Our country is our classroom and local ecological knowledge is critical to Indigenous Language and Culture. In a remote bicultural school like ours, reading environmental stories from other parts of the world highlights the importance of caring for our local environment.”

So join us for a week of inspired storytelling from Australia’s finest writers and illustrators, helping us to celebrate the talented people who continue to promote a love of nature in children.



Do you know what a tree hollow is?
To you and me, a tree hollow is just a hole, cavity or tunnel in a tree or branch. But to an animal, that hollow may be a bedroom, hiding place, nursery or shelter. It is the ultimate tree house!Come and take a peek inside the amazing world of tree hollows and discover more than 340 species of incredible Australian animals that call hollows home. With colour photos of glorious gliders, darting dunnarts, minute microbats and many more, this book is full of fun facts about animals that use tree hollows as places for resting, nesting or hiding.Find out how hollows are created, why they are threatened, and meet scientists who spend their time hollow-hunting. There are also plenty of tips on how you can spot hollows yourself, help to protect the environment and encourage habitat for hollow-dependent animals.Perfect for primary-aged readers.
Tim Flannery
About the author

Tim Flannery

Professor Tim Flannery is one of the world’s leading scientists, explorers and conservationists. He’s spent most of his life studying the natural world – from mammalogy to palaeontology – and has had some incredible adventures along the way, including floating down crocodile-infested rivers and wrestling pythons. He’s discovered 75 new species of animals – some that are still living, and others that have been preserved as fossils. He’s worked at museums and universities in Australia and around the world, including as Director of the South Australian Museum, Visiting Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Australian Museum. He established and co-chaired the Copenhagen Climate Council, was appointed Australia’s first Climate Commissioner and is the Founder and Chief Councillor of the Australian Climate Council. In 2007, he was named Australian of the Year. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and more than thirty books, including the award-winning Here on Earth (2010), Atmosphere of Hope (2015) and The Weather Makers (2005), which has been translated into over 20 languages. His books for children include the best-selling Explore Your World: Weird Wild, Amazing! and Explore Your World: Deep Dive into Deep Sea.

Books by Tim Flannery

Abbie Mitchell
About the author

Abbie Mitchell

Abbie Mitchell is an environmental educator who provides school and community programs to celebrate and promote Australian biodiversity. She lives in the bush with her husband, two kids, some stingless beehives and a couple of charismatic dogs – and lots of native creatures.

Books by Abbie Mitchell


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