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Wilderness Society announces 2016 children’s book award shortlists

The shortlists for the 2016 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced.

The shortlisted books in each category are:


  • Thirst (Lizzie Wilcock, Scholastic)
  • The River and the Book (Alison Croggon, Walker Books)
  • Mister Cassowary (Samantha Wheeler, UQP)

Picture fiction

  • Seagull (Danny Snell, Working Title)
  • A River (Marc Martin, Viking)
  • Once I Heard a Little Wombat (Renee Treml, Random House)


  • Atmospheric (Carole Wilkinson, Walker Books)
  • Platypus (Sue Whiting & Mark Jackson, Walker Books)
  • Phasmid (Rohan Cleave & Coral Tulloch, CSIRO).

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.


Category: Junior Local news