On World Environment Day (5 June) each year, the Wilderness Society announces the winner of its Environment Award for Children’s Literature.
The award honours books that promote a sense of caring and responsibility for the environment through quality Australian children's books. To be eligible for the award, a book might highlight an environmental issue or create a sense of awe and wonder for the natural world.
The award is open to fiction and non-fiction in the categories of picture book, primary readers and secondary readers.
Source: http://www.wilderness.org.au/childrens-book-award-introduction Sighted: 10/12/2013.
'Talking about the weather used to be small talk, now it's the hottest topic on Earth.
'We can't survive without Earth's atmosphere, yet most of the time we ignore it. We treat our atmosphere as a rubbish dump for our greenhouses gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is changing Earth's climate.
'Atmospheric cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it. This could be the most important book of your life.' (Source: back cover)
In Anne Morgan's delightful collection of organically-grown eco-tales, a prince wants to marry the young woman with the smallest carbon footprint in the land; Space Cadet Lox finds out why a planet is like a bowl of porridge; a girl in a little green hoodie tries to save an endangered wolf; and Chicken Licken warns the sea is rising. (Source: Trove)
"With stunning, brilliantly coloured photographs, this book is a visual feast of the marine environment that is the Great Barrier Reef. Well laid out, facts are presented in a way that is both accessible and engaging with memorable headings, break-out boxes, sidebars and easy to understand text. This is a valuable resources that will stimulate students and leave a lasting impression about the beauty and fragility of this natural wonder." (Source: Teacher's notes)Joint winner with 'Something About Water' by Penny Matthews, illustrated by Tom Jellett.
Mr Fowler, Robbie's teacher at school, explains how the water cycle works, and says theres a lot kids can do to help the planet. This book shows how small things can make a big difference. (Publisher's blurb)Joint winner with 'The Great Barrier Reef Book: Solar Powered' by Dr Mark Norman.
"True Green Kids is crammed full of 100 fun, easy and practical things you can do to become a green change agent at home, at school and in your community." (Source: back cover)No category.
From the break of dawn to nightfall, the tuart is not as it appears. Leaves and bark, trunk and branches - all are places of pretence, traps and trickery. Find out what surprise a "moon crater" might hide and why a bullseye borer drills holes; how a crab spider goes shopping and a jewel beetle becomes a seedpod. (Source: Trove)Joint winner with Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
'Take a walk on the wild side with this interactive collection of puzzles and mazes set in the animal world! Ages 8+'
Nine different habitats and forty-five fascinating creatures feature in this spectacular portrayal of the rare and fragile beauty of North Queensland. Search through the ecosystems, discover the unique creatures and find out how these environmental worlds interact. (Source: Trove)
'An alienating city street gradually becomes a place to call home. Little by little, baby Tracy grows. She and her neighbours begin to rescue their street. Together, children and adults plant grass and trees and bushes in the empty spaces. They paint murals over old graffiti. They stop the cars. Everything begins to blossom. Belonging explores the re-greening of the city: the role of community, the empowerment of people and the significance of children, family and neighbourhood in changing their urban environment. The streets gradually become places for safe children's play, and community activity and places for nature and wonder.'
(Source: Author's website, http://www.jeanniebaker.com/picture_books_index.htm)
"Antarctica is the highest, driest, windiest, coldest, cleanest, most isolated and most peaceful continent on Earth. It is a continent of wilderness, a place of enormous size and energy, of constant change and of great and rare beauty. To enter into Antarctica is to enter into a powerhouse, into the very heart of our Earth. Children can undertake their own journey to Antarctica with this comprehensive and highly illustrated guide. Learn about Antarctica's unique geography, its captivating animal and plant life, its history of human exploration and scientific research. Discover what it's like to live in an Antarctic station and how to survive on the ice. Read interviews with people who have worked in Antarctica as chefs, electricians, ice pilots, scientists and more." (Source - HarperCollins)
'The Yellow-eye fish were becoming scarce. Neither the Impatjara Aboriginal community nor the white community could find the answer. This is a story about communication; the ways different cultures approach problems and how how they view the world.' (Publication summary)
'A stunning exploration of a beautiful but endangered world, by the creator of the award-winning "Where the Forest Meets the Sea"
'Looking for his lost fish trap, Ben thinks he sees something dark moving under the water. Is it a creature or only his imagination? Diving into the sea with his friend Sophie, he is amazed to discover a wonderful hidden world – and the rich variety of creatures that live there.' (Publication summary)
This text distils what is known about global warming, pollution, population pressure, resource use, extinction and other environmental issues, with examples from all over the world. Having set out the problems, the author explains what is being done and suggests additional actions.
"Australia has lost more species of mammal than any other continent in the world and many other Australian animals are endangered. This book highlights both the folly of European approach to the Australian environment and the work of volunteers, scientists, farmers and environment works toward saving threatened species.
This book looks at over sixty species. It examines the reasons for their decline and what is being done to save them. It covers a broad range of interesting animals. It introduces a complex topic in a positive, realistic and simple way." (Source: back cover)
'The Dead Heart is a desert wilderness in the centre of Australia. It is difficult to imagine anything can exist in such a harsh place. But the Dead Heart has a secret. It holds amazing stories of adaptation and survival. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers like Charles Sturt and learn what the indigenous people of this land first discovered: not all is quite as it seems.' (Publication summary)
High Valley is a sleepy, remote town. The soil is rich, the rainfall heavy, the climate warm, the farms and gardens green, the people happy ... until the arrival of two strangers changes their lives forever ...'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.' (Wilderness Society website)
In the sequel to Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo, nothing's simple for Lockie Leonard. Dumped by his girlfriend, he's back to being the loneliest kid in town until he makes friends with the wierdest human being he's ever met. As if that isn't enough, Lockie decides to save his town from industrial pollution. In the middle of all this the inevitable happens - yes, he falls in love: he drops like a ton of bricks for a girl who's not even out of primary school yet, and to make matters worse she surfs better than he ever will. Can a thirteen-year-old surf rat have a headbanger for a best friend, stay in love with an eleven-year-old grommet and still save the world? (Adapted from Trove)
Life cycles in nature are explained to children through the story of a fallen tree - the tree may die but it provides food and shelter to a wealth of animals and plants.
An alphabet book featuring illustrations of endangered and extinct animals from around the world.