Nothing captures the imagination of our children quite like a good story book. These books not only entertain and inspire children, but also encourage them to treasure and protect Australia’s unique natural environment. Bookmark this page and save this beautiful list of children’s books for the next time you and the kiddies are in need of a good read.
Australia is known to produce some of the very best in children’s books and the shortlist for the 2015 Environment Award for Children’s Literature – the only environment-themed award for children’s literature in Australia – is no exception. Hosted by The Wilderness Society, the award recognises books that promote a love of nature in children.
“The books and culture that the children of today absorb will shape the world of tomorrow,” says Lyndon Schneiders, the National Director of the Wilderness Society.
There are three award categories: picture fiction, non-fiction and fiction, and the winners will be selected by authors Barry Jonsberg and Christina Booth, with Morris Gleitzman presenting the award. Previous award winners include prestigious Australian authors such as Tim Winton, Colin Thiele, Paul Jennings, Jeannie Baker and Graeme Base.
- Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle by Belinda Murrell, illustrated by Serena Geddes
- Those Eco-Pirate Kids by Jon Tucker
- Rescue on Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr, illustrated by Geoff Kelly
- The Vanishing Frogs of Cascade Creek by Emma Homes
Picture fiction shortlist
- Zobi and the Zoox by Ailsa Wild (main), with Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti, illustrated by Aviva Reed
- The Duck and the Darklings by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King
- Rivertime by Trace Balla
- Run Tree Run by Kelly Alsop, illustrated by Boris Silvestri
Nonfiction book shortlist
- Emu by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Graham Byrne
- Our Class Tiger by Aleesah Darlison, illustrated by Antonia Stylianou
- Found and Made: The Art of Upcycling by Lisa Hölzl
We have a whole section of amazing children’s books to add to your library. And don’t forget to check out the books shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2015 Book of the Year award.