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History

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.

Winners (also see subcategories)v1244

2016 winner Non-fiction y separately published work icon Atmospheric : The Burning Story of Climate Change Carole Wilkinson , Newtown : Black Dog Books , 2015 11022004 2015 single work information book young adult

'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)

2014 joint winner Younger Readers y separately published work icon The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land and Other Eco-tales Anne Morgan , Carindale : IP Kidz , 2013 7894837 2013 selected work short story children's

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)

2014 joint winner Young Readers y separately published work icon Bush Baby Rescue Rebecca Johnson , Melbourne : Puffin , 2013 Z1935714 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'Hi! I'm Juliet. I'm ten years old. And I'm nearly a vet!

A terrible bushfire has struck and Mum's vet clinic is in chaos. Every day more and more injured baby animals arrive. Chelsea and I have never been busier! There's an adorable baby koala to feed by hand, a fat little wombat to bandage, and a funny blue-tongued lizard that Max is determined to make his pet.

But who knew that babies needed so much feeding! I may never sleep again!' (Publisher's blurb)
(Joint winner with The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land and Other Eco-Tales by Anne Morgan and illustrator Gay McKinnon.)
2013 winner Primary y separately published work icon Tanglewood Margaret Wild , Vivienne Goodman (illustrator), Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2012 Z1866427 2012 single work picture book children's 'Tanglewood lives on an island far away, visited only by the wind. One day a bird shelters from the storm among its branches and a precious bond is formed. But Seagull belongs to the sky and, too soon, must leave. Will she ever return?' (Trove record)
2013 winner Preschool y separately published work icon The Last Dance Sally Morgan , Sally Morgan (illustrator), Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2012 Z1879769 2012 single work picture book children's 'Everyone needs a home, but some Australian creatures are losing theirs. From sandstone ridges to tropical beaches, from coastal woodlands to alpine streams, habitats are shrinking and changing. The animals in this book need help, and we are the only ones who can give it' (Publisher website).
2012 joint winner y separately published work icon One Small Island Alison Lester , Coral Tulloch (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2011 Z1795235 2011 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units) 'Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves.

'In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island's unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.

'This beautifully presented book leaves us with an important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?' (From the publisher's website.)
2010 joint winner y separately published work icon The Great Barrier Reef Book: Solar Powered Mark Norman , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2009 Z1696350 2009 single work picture book children's

"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.
2010 joint winner y separately published work icon Something About Water Penny Matthews , Tom Jellett (illustrator), Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2009 Z1574730 2009 single work picture book children's

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.
2009 joint winner y separately published work icon True Green Kids : 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet Kim McKay , Jenny Bonnin , Sydney : ABC Books , 2008 7813662 2008 single work information book children's

"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.
2009 joint winner y separately published work icon Tuart Dwellers Jan Ramage , Ellen Hickman (illustrator), Bentley : Western Australia. Department of Environment and Conservation , 2008 Z1573974 2008 single work picture book children's

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
2006 winner y separately published work icon Nature Hunt! Philip Blythe , Philip Blythe (illustrator), Surry Hills : Little Hare Books , 2005 8262936 2005 single work picture book children's

'Take a walk on the wild side with this interactive collection of puzzles and mazes set in the animal world! Ages 8+'

2005 winner non-fiction Greg Pyers 'for his outstanding contribution in helping educate kids about the world that we need and want' (The Wilderness Society website.)
2005 joint winner Picture Book y separately published work icon The World That We Want Kim Michelle Toft , Kim Michelle Toft (illustrator), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2004 Z1141462 2004 single work picture book children's

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)

2005 joint winner Picture Book y separately published work icon Belonging Jeannie Baker (illustrator), Jeannie Baker , London : Walker Books [London] , 2004 Z1134871 2004 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units)

'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)

2004 winner Non-Fiction y separately published work icon Antarctica, the Heart of the World Coral Tulloch , Sydney : ABC Books , 2003 Z1042550 2003 single work non-fiction children's

"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)

2004 winner Fiction The Extinct Series Gary Crew , Mark Wilson (illustrator), 2003 series - author picture book children's
2004 winner Gary Crew The award recognises Gary Crew's 'extinction' series of illustrated children's books.
2003 winner Publishing Steve Parish
2003 winner Nonfiction y separately published work icon Solo Wildlife Omnibus Books (publisher), David Kennett , 2000 London : Southwood , 2000 Z1197826 2000 series - author information book novel children's Awarded to the series.
2003 winner Fiction y separately published work icon Blotsville Mary Steele , Flemington : Hyland House , 2002 Z971727 2002 single work children's fiction children's Old Mrs. Abigail Chattery stood at her farm gate and stared at the new houses from the estate spilling over the hill. 'Blots on the landscape, all of you!' she shouted. 'BLOTS!' Other citizens of Blotsville are also becoming increasingly uneasy. What is their slipper Mayor, H.P. Burpwistle, up to in the name of 'progress'? An unlikely group forms. Mrs. Chattery and old Mr. Blunt, their two wily pet birds Galahad and Sulf, young Max and Pippi Bitzer and their parents (who own the pet shop), band together and mount an eccentric campaign to show that true progress is measured by people's happiness.(Libraries Australia record).
2002 winner y separately published work icon Yellow-Eye David Spillman , Mark Wilson (illustrator), Flinders Park : Era Publications , 2001 Z938249 2001 single work picture book children's

'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)

2001 winner Senior Fiction y separately published work icon Remote Man Elizabeth Honey , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 2000 Z668019 2000 single work children's fiction children's humour Ned is a reptile freak and likes anything cool and wriggly - lizards, snakes, skinks. When he starts at a new school, he's the odd one out and his first friend is a computer. But he soon hooks up with Rocky and Kate and a chain of "Net nuts" around the world to outwit a ring of wildlife smugglers.
2001 joint winner Picture Book y separately published work icon The Hidden Forest Jeannie Baker , Jeannie Baker (illustrator), London : Walker Books [London] , 2000 Z835405 2000 single work picture book children's

'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)

2001 joint winner Picture Book y separately published work icon The Singing Hat Tohby Riddle , Tohby Riddle (illustrator), Ringwood : Penguin , 2000 Z668908 2000 single work picture book humour children's This picture book is a part fairy tale, part parable that tells of a man falling asleep in a park one day and finding himself the caretaker of a rare bird that has built a nest on his head. Ironical at times, it is a book for readers of all ages.
2001 winner Non-Fiction y separately published work icon The State of the Planet John Nicholson , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 2000 Z970717 2000 single work non-fiction children's

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.

2000 winner Non-fiction y separately published work icon Australian Guide to Endangered Animals Australian Threatened & Endangered Animals Sheree Marris , Moorabbin : Gould League of Victoria , 1999 7815558 1999 single work information book children's

"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)

2000 winner Fiction y separately published work icon On Different Shores Jen McVeity , New York (City) : Orchard Books , 1998 Z337839 1998 single work novel young adult 'Tess used to believe her father would always be there. But that was before he got caught up with his rising political career. Tess is different now, too. Shuttling between two homes and two mothers, she's dropped out of championship swimming and almost out of school as well. The only thing that interests her is leading a group of young environmental activists, the 'Green Guerillas'. And even though Tess never goes near the water now, she still has nightmares about drowning ... 'The warm characterizations save all the cliches surrounding broken families, this engrossing Australian tale has a refreshing view of children struggling with the fallout from divorce. Tess's growing awareness of her dad's imperfections and his realization of his own shortcomings make the ending not only happy, but believable.' (Libraries Australia record).
2000 joint winner Picture Book y separately published work icon Sand Swimmers : The Secret Life of Australia's Dead Heart Narelle Oliver , Narelle Oliver (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1999 Z820326 1999 single work picture book children's

'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)

2000 joint winner Picture Book y separately published work icon Mahogany the Mystery Glider Jill Morris , Sharon Dye (illustrator), Queensland : Greater Glider , 1999 Z835117 1999 single work single work non-fiction information book children's children's The Mahogany Glider is a rare species of glider which was missing for 106 years before being rediscovered in a swamp in North Queensland.
1999 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon Islands In My Garden Jim Howes , Roland Harvey (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Roland Harvey Books , 1998 Z834424 1998 single work picture book children's The back garden provides a home for dragonflies, worms, shield bugs, ladybirds, frogs, beetles, earwigs, butterflies, spiders, and many other mini-beasts.
1998 winner Non-fiction Australian Guide To... Guide to Australian Wildlife Gould League of Victoria (publisher), series - publisher information book children's At the time of award, there were two titles in the series: Seashores and Pondlife.
1998 winner Senior Fiction y separately published work icon Blueback Tim Winton , Sydney : Pan , 1997 Z935140 1997 single work children's fiction children's 'Abel Jackson loves to dive. He's a natural in the water. He can't remember a time when he couldn't use a mask and snorkel to glide down into the clear deep. Life is tough out at Longboat Bay. Every day the boy helps his mother earn their living from the sea and the land. It's hard work but Abel has the bush and the sky and the bay to himself. Until the day he meets Blueback, the fish that changes his life. An ecological novel on a boy who protects a fish from property developers and rapacious fishermen. The boy befriends the fish, a blue grouper while diving for abalone, his family's trade. Blueback is about people learning from nature.' (Source: Trove)
1998 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon One Child Chris Cheng , Steven Woolman (illustrator), Flinders Park : Era Publications , 1997 Z847687 1997 single work picture book children's 'One child is a picture book illustrated by the magical Steven Woolman. It is about kids, our planet and what one child can do. Global warming, habitat destruction, the accumulation of waste, pollution and many other environmental aspects are part of this title. [It is] a simple text with richly coloured illustrations drawing on the imagery of an old stained glass window that is gradually cleaned to reveal the beauty underlying the pollution. This is a hopeful book about the environment for young children. One child saw trees torn from the ground; saw oceans stained with waste, no longer blue and clean; saw skies choking, blocking the sun. What could just one child do about the devastation of our planet?' (Source: Author's website)
1997 winner y separately published work icon High Valley Colin Thiele , Montville : Walter McVitty Books , 1996 Z833027 1996 single work children's fiction children's

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)
1997 winner y separately published work icon Spiders Spin Webs Yvonne Winer , Karen Lloyd-Jones (illustrator), Hunters Hill : Margaret Hamilton Books , 1996 Z1051043 1996 single work picture book children's Rhyming text describes how, when, where, and why spiders spin webs, plus detailed illustrations and a spider identification guide.
1996 winner y separately published work icon The Story of Rosy Dock The Story of Rosie Dock Jeannie Baker , Jeannie Baker (illustrator), Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 1995 Z822052 1995 single work picture book children's "For thousands of years changes in the Australian desert landscape have been made by the wind and sometimes the rain, but when settlers from Europe arrive with seeds, the wilderness undergoes a different change."
1995 Special Award Pauline Reilly for her Picture Roo Books about Australian Animals illustrated by Will Rolland and Gayle Russell, published by Kangaroo Press.
1995 winner Picture Book section y separately published work icon The Fisherman and the Theefyspray Paul Jennings , Jane Tanner (illustrator), Ringwood : Viking , 1994 Z838017 1994 single work picture book children's fable "An old fisherman hooks a species of fish he has never seen before and is torn between keeping it to show to his friends and seeing it free." (Source: Trove)
1994 inaugural winner Adolescent Readers Section y separately published work icon Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster Tim Winton , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1993 Z1487507 1993 single work novel young adult humour

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)

1994 Environmental Publishing Moondrake Australia Special award.
1994 inaugural winner Younger Readers y separately published work icon Life in a Rotten Log Kathie Atkinson , Kathie Atkinson (illustrator), New South Wales : Allen and Unwin , 1993 Z837639 1993 single work information book children's

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.

1994 inaugural winner Picture Books y separately published work icon V for Vanishing : An Alphabet of Endangered Animals Patricia Mullins , Patricia Mullins (illustrator), Sydney : Margaret Hamilton Books , 1993 Z833453 1993 single work information book children's

An alphabet book featuring illustrations of endangered and extinct animals from around the world.

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