Thursday, February 05, 2009

2009 Green Earth Book Award Winners

The winners of the Green Earth Book Award were recently announced. Given by the Newton Marasco Foundation in partnership with Salisbury University, this award recognizes books that inspire children and young adults to appreciate and care for the natural environment. You can read about the prize criteria at the Newton Marasco Foundation site.

Picture Book Winners (2)
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
written and illustrated by Claire Nivola
(nominee for 2008 Cybils nonfiction picture book)

written by Helen Ward and illustrated by Marc Craste

Children's Fiction Winner

Night of the Spadefoot Toads
written by Bill Harley

Young Adult Fiction Winners (2)

The Blind Faith Hotel
written by Pamela Todd

Write Naked
written by Peter Gould

Nonfiction Winner

My Space/Our Planet: Change is Possible
written by the Myspace Community, Jeca Taudte, and Dan Santat

Honor Books
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World
written and illustrated by Melanie Walsh
(nominee for 2008 Cybils nonfiction picture book)

Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery
written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Joy Allen

Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose
written by Diana Leszczynski

Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life
written by Linda Siversten and Tosh Siversten
(nominee for 2008 Cybils nonfiction MG/YA)

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming
written by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch

Science Warriors: The Battle Against Invasive Species
written by Sneed B. Collard III

The Last Wild Place
written by Rosa Jordan

The Wolves are Back
written by Jean Craighead George and illustrated by Wendell Minor

Tin Lizzie
written and illustrated by Allan Drummond

Whirlwind: The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 2
written by David Klass

When Santa Turned Green
written by Victoria Perla and illustrated by Mirna Kantarevic

For more information on this award and its past winners, check out the March 2008 issue of Book Links and the article "The Green Earth Book Award" by Fred Chapel, Sharon James, and J. Cynthia McDermott.


  1. Thanks so much for posting this list! I didn't even know this award existed (I know, bad librarian, bad) and both my husband and I are "green" obsessed. We plan to teach our children just how to live a responsible life in a "non-green" world. I'm checking ALL of these out!

  2. Yeah, same here -- I had no idea such an award exists. Next time around, I may have to blog about my own ignorance.

  3. This is a great event that I went to last year. It is held in conjunction with Salisbury University's Childrens Literature Festival in Salisbury, Maryland. Had the opportunity to meet authors and attend panel discussions for free. It is held in April. Definately worthwhile!

  4. The Children's Literature Festival at Salisbury University will be held April 15-16. In addition to the award winners who are able to attend this year's Festival Betsy Lewin (Click Clack Moo) Ted Lewin (Peppe the Lamplighter), Holly Black (Spiderwick Chronicles), and Phillip Hoose (We Were There Too) will be there. The animated version of Varmints will be screened (if you haven't seen the trailer visit much more. All free.