A good environment for reading

It’s the time of year for book award shortlists, and one that’s just been announced promotes not just a love of reading, but also a love of nature. The shortlist for the Wilderness Society’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature recognises some gorgeous books that encourage a sense of caring and responsibility for the environment.

Appearing in the list are several titles by authors who have recently held popular events here at Wild Things. Renee Treml visited us last July to read from the delightful Once I Heard a Little Wombat, which is on the Picture Fiction shortlist.

little wombat  mister cassowary  river

Another Wild Things visitor whose book appears on the Fiction shortlist is Samantha Wheeler, with her story of a boy who learns about Australia’s endangered dinosaur-like bird in Mister Cassowary. Also featured on the Fiction shortlist is Alison Groggon’s The River and the Book, a favourite with Wild Things staff.

To see all the books on the Environment Awards shortlist, have a look at the official website. You’ll also find there details about a competition, being run in conjunction with the awards, that uses nature to inspire children to write or draw.



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