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Wilderness Society announces 2015 children’s book award shortlists

The shortlists for the 2015 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced, including a new category for nonfiction titles.

The shortlisted books in each category are:


  • Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle (Belinda Murrell, illus by Serena Geddes, Random House)
  • Those Eco-Pirate Kids (Jon Tucker, Storm Bay Books)
  • Rescue on Nim’s Island (Wendy Orr, illus by Geoff Kelly, A&U)
  • The Vanishing Frogs of Cascade Creek (Emma Homes, Spark Street)

Picture fiction

  • Zobi and the Zoox (Ailsa Wild, Briony Barr & Gregory Crocetti, illus by Aviva Reed, Scale Free Network)
  • The Duck and Darklings (Glenda Millard, illus by Stephen Michael King, A&U)
  • Rivertime (Trace Balla, A&U)
  • Run Tree Run (Kelly Alsop, illus by Boris Silvestri, JoJo Publishing)


  • Emu (Claire Saxby, illus by Graham Byrne, Walker Books)
  • Our Class Tiger (Aleesah Darlison, illus by Antonia Stylianou, OUP)
  • Found and Made: The Art of Upcycling (Lisa Hölzl, Walker Books).


The award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’. For more information, visit the Wilderness Society website here.



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