The Nature Generation has announced the 2023 Green Earth Book Awards today – Earth Day – and I am so thrilled to announce that TROUBLE AT TURTLE POND was named an Honor Book!

I’m also so very happy for my friend Elaine Dimopoulos, whose incredilbe middle grade novel in verse TURN THE TIDE was the winner in the Children’s Fiction category! TURN THE TIDE is about a grassroots, kid-led movement to ban plastic bags in one Florida town, and was inspired by the real-life Indonesian climate activists Melati Wijsen and Isabel Wijsen, the cofounders of Bye, Bye, Plastic Bags.

The covers of this year’s winners and honors titles are below, and you can click here for the full list, including the 2023 Recommend Reads. Congratulations to everyone who was recognized! This whole list of environmentally-themed reads for children and young adults represents only a portion of the growing body of work that addresses climate and conservation issues. Together, these books offer so many paths to understanding and working for our planet; they offer young readers relatable characters grappling with real-life issues, actionable plans, accessible science, creative conservation, and – most importantly – inspiration and hope.

The Nature Generation is running a special Earth Day fundraiser for climate action. A $30 donation will contribute to the goal of donating 100 copies of CLIMATE ACTION, a GEBA award-winning title, into classrooms nationwide. You can read more about this initiative and make a donation here!