Nature Book Week and Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2021 Shortlist

Nature Book Week starts on Monday 6 September.

The Wilderness Society will announce the winners of the 2021 Environment Award for Children’s Literature (EACL).

The shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants (Philip Bunting, Omnibus Books)
  • Hold on! Saving the Spotted Handfish (Gina Newton, illus by Rachel Tribout, CSIRO Publishing)
  • Tree Beings (Raymond Huber, illus by Sandra Severgnini, EK Books)
  • Ninja Bandicoots and Turbo-Charged Wombats (Hazel Flynn, Piccolo Nero)

Picture fiction

  • The Giant and the Sea (Trent Jamieson, illus by Rovina Cai, Hachette)
  • Bandits (Sha’an d’Anthes, Hachette)
  • Give Me Some Space! (Philip Bunting, Omnibus Books)
  • Brother Moon (Maree McCarthy, illus by Samantha Fry, Magabala Books)
  • Larry Leadbeater: Field notes from a Fairy Possum (Jo Watson, Little Steps Publishing)


  • Edie’s Experiments 2: How to be the best (Charlotte Barkla, illus by Sandie Flett, PRH)
  • The Carbon-Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable EnviroTeens (First Dog on the Moon, A&U)
  • The Power of Positive Pranking (Nat Amoore, PRH)
  • Weirdo #15: Planet weird (Anh Do, illus by Jules Faber, Scholastic).

Now in its 27th year, the EACL highlights ‘page turning stories and delightful illustrations that spark curiosity’.

Last year’s winners were One Careless Night (Christina Booth, Walker) for picture fiction, Explore Your World: Weird, wild, amazing! (Tim Flannery, illus by Sam Caldwell, Hardie Grant Children’s Books) for nonfiction, and Super Sidekicks 2: Ocean’s revenge (Gavin Aung Than, Puffin) for fiction.

For more information about the awards, visit the website.

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