I'm honored to announce Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was one the 2015 Green Earth Book Award winners. Our Earth/Ocean needs to be honored every day and I'm ecstatic the work Patricia Newman and I envisioned about the SEAPLEX Cruise with scientists Miriam Goldstein, Chelsea Rochman, and Darcy Taniguchi came to fruition in the hands of our Editor Carol Hinz, Millbrook Press, and Lerner Publishing Group.
If you would like to help raise awareness about ocean pollution, I encourage you to join our movement. Currently we are working with students on how they can be instrumental in making a difference. Here in the Puget Sound and around the world teens are working on programs to stop the flow of pollution into the ocean by raising awareness about single use plastic and how to stop using it in our lives. The teens are working on a variety of ways to stop single use water bottles in their schools and discussing how plastic and pollution affects our environment. We would love to get everyone involved in this movement, if you would like to join the cause of raising awareness about this important issue, please contact us. We want everyone to rethink their relationship with our environment and to #BeTheVoice for the ocean and all it's inhabitants. My company was founded on the principle that we protect what we love. If we #LoveOurOcean we will protect it. Traveling to the great pacific garbage patch changed my life. Plastic is ubiquitous and you don't have to go to the middle of the gyre to find it. It is everywhere and it is important that we realize where it comes from, us.
The Nature Generation, a DC-based nonprofit created to inspire environmental stewardship, today announced the national 2015 Green Earth Book Award winners. The literature award is national recognition of authors and illustrators whose books best inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment.
“Each year I’m amazed at how magnificently our Green Earth Book Award winning authors are able to capture the wonder of nature and the importance of caring for the environment in their wonderful books,” said The Nature Generation Board Chairman Ian Kline. “These books will engage and inspire children and young adults in a way that only fantastic stories like these truly can.”
Patricia and I will be attending the annual Read Green Festival on September 29-October 1, 2015. If you are interested in bringing us to your organization or to a local school, please let us know as we can extend our days after the event. The Festival, a three-day event that works to get more environmental literature into the hands of kids through author visits and book donations, culminates with an Awards Ceremony and Green Tie reception honoring the winners on October 1 at the National Press Club.
Huge congrats to the five winners of the 2015 Green Earth Book Award:
- Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin – The Promise (picture book)
- Jennifer Donnelly – Deep Blue (children’s fiction)
- Eliot Schrefer – Threatened (young adult fiction)
- Patricia Newman and Annie Crawley -Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (children’s nonfiction)
- Paul Fleischman - Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines (young adult nonfiction)
The full press release is available for download here. Please consider purchasing a copy of Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for your local library, school, or a child in your life. All orders placed here will be personalized and signed by Annie Crawley!