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.