Thursday, March 31, 2016

April means Earth Day and Geen Earth Book Awards: Circles of Hope

April 22 is Earth Day.  What better to celebrate than with the Green Earth Book Awards?  Circles of Hope was a winner in 2006. 

The award given by The Nature Generation is meant to help inspire Environmental Stewardship.  Circles of Hope is in the company of a selection of wonderful, inspiring and important books for children.  The list includes Picture books, fiction, non-fiction, Chapter books and Young Adult in a list of award winning books since 2005.

The short listed books for the 2016 awards  on Earth Day have been chosen. 

See the list here.  And go to The Nature Generation for their entire list of award winners. 

Get Reading and Sharing.  Encourage Stewardship of our earth.  Plan your celebration for Earth Day.

Young Adult Fiction
A 52-Hertz Whale, written by Bill Sommer and Natalie Haney Tilghman (Carolrhoda Lab™ - Lerner Publishing Group)
The Beast of Cretacea, written by Todd Strasser (Candlewick Press)

Children’s Fiction
Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue, written and illustrated by Paige Braddock (Andrews McMeel Publishing, Inc.)
Sydney & Simon Go Green!, written by Paul A. Reynolds and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (Charlesbridge)
The Neptune Challenge, written by Polly Holyoke (Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
The Order of the Trees, written by Katy Farber (Green Writers Press)
The Thing About Jellyfish, written by Ali Benjamin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Picture Book
Crane Boy, written by Diana Cohn and illustrated by Youme (Cinco Puntos Press)
The Hornless Rhinoceros, written and illustrated by Robin W. Radcliffe (Living Fossil Productions)
The Seeds of Friendship, written and illustrated by Michael Foreman (Candlewick Press)
The Stranded Whale, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Melanie Cataldo (Candlewick Press)
Toad Weather, written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez (Peachtree Publishers)

Children’s Nonfiction
Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue, written by Karen Romano Young and Daniel Raven-Ellison (National Geographic Society)
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (Millbrook Press)
Trash Talk:  Moving Towards a Zero-Waste World, written by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers)
Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall, written by Anita Silvey (National Geographic Society)
What's the Buzz:  Keeping Bees in Flight, written by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox (Orca Book Publishers)

 “Since 2004, we have recognized over 136 books Green Earth Book Award winner and honor books that inspire our youth to protect the planet.  We are proud to promote these books through our reading and donation programs and see first-hand how kids learn about the environment through these beautifully-written books,” said Amy Marasco Newton, founder and president of The Nature Generation.   
The Nature Generation is an environmental non-profit that inspires and empowers youth to make a difference through innovative environmental stewardship programs in literature, science, and the arts. It relies on the generous donations of individuals and partner organizations, like Luck Companies, to implement its programs and create outdoor classrooms that benefit our environment and provide stewardship and educational opportunities for all ages.  NatGen thanks the Sustainable Partners whose contributions support its mission: Acorn Financial, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Cadmus Group, Chartis, The Council Oak, CSRA, Dominion, Kelly Drye Warren LLP, Luck Companies, Middleburg Bank, PPC, Salisbury University, and Tetra Tech.  For more information, visit

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Look what they are Reading in Zambia!

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