The Wilderness Society believes that children’s books have a profound impact in shaping who we become as grown-ups. The stories we read and enjoy as kids impact the adventures we take, the way we see and experience our landscapes, and sometimes our outlook on life.
In 1994, a group of environmental educators in Tasmania wanted to celebrate books that promoted a love of nature, a sense of caring for the world, and curiosity in children.
This group quickly realised that there was no such award for excellence in environmental writing for children, so they asked the Wilderness Society to help. Thus, the Environment Award for Children’s Literature was born.
Promoting a love of nature in children is one of the fundamental elements to building a society that respects and protects our unique landscapes. That’s why, since 1994, the Wilderness Society has awarded outstanding children’s books that promote a love of nature and a sense of caring and responsibility for the environment.
Every year, the Wilderness Society opens submissions for fiction and nonfiction children’s books through their website. Submissions are currently open for the 2015 Award and close on 31 March 2015.
There are also several other ways to get involved in this year’s Award. The Environment Award for Children’s Literature is offering competitions for schools and libraries to engage children in our amazing natural world through books. If you’re interested in learning more about these competitions, please sign-up for news via their website.
And if you’re a fan of bookmarks, there are some terrific printable bookmarks to download from the website too!