Long list for the 2017 Green Earth Book Award

The Green Earth Book Award is one of my favorite lists each year.  Awarded to children’s and young adult books that promote a message of environmental stewardship, the Green Earth Book Award is much-needed today.  As an English teacher who knows that books can be a gateway to the environment for many students, I love to peruse the award’s long list each year.  While I can sometimes predict that certain books will make it on the list I love learning about new books when they are nominated.

This year’s qualifying list is no exception.  I just added a number of books from the list to my TBR pile and I hope a few of them will be appropriate for my 9th grade curriculum.



  • Ace, King of My Heart, by Lea Herrick and illustrated by Nora Howell, Krystal Colon, and David Herrick (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
  • Maybe a Fox, by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee (Atheneum Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
  • Pax, by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen  (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Saving Wonder, by Mary Knight (Scholastic Press)
  • The Wolf Keepers, by Elise Broach and illustrated by Alice Ratterree (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)


  • Broken Wing, by David Budbill (Green Writers Press)
  • Dig Too Deep, by Amy Allgeyer (Albert Whitman & Co)
  • KABOOM!, by Brian Adams (Green Writers Press)
  • Keep Her, by Leora Krygier (She Writes Press)
  • Rescued, by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic Press)
  • Up from the Sea, by Leza Lowitz (Crown BFYR, Random House Children’s Books)



Kudos to the small presses (and sometimes self-published authors, too!) doing the work to get these stories out there to kids and teenagers.  Take note, major publishers:  we want and need books about environmental stewardship!