Nature Book Week

On 5 September, join us for a week-long celebration of tales about our natural world, featuring beloved Australian authors, illustrators and storytellers

Nature Book Week is a space for people of all ages to celebrate nature writing in all its forms, from science writing to poetry, fiction and non-fiction. From 5-11 September, you're invited to a week of talks and events culminating in the announcement of the winners of the 2022 Karajia and Environment Awards for Children's Literature. We also welcome back Dr Jen Martin as our Nature Book Week Ambassador!

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Just announced: 2022 Karajia & Environment Awards for Children's Literature shortlists!

The shortlisted titles for the 2022 Environment Award for Children's Literature were announced on Facebook Live on Monday, 4 July. And our new Karajia Award for Children's Literature, which celebrates First Nations storytelling, was also revealed!

Get ready for this year's

#NatureBookWeek!

To get in the spirit of #NatureBookWeek, have a read of our special issue of Wilderness Journal dedicated to all things nature and books. Included are the five books that have influenced 2021 Nature Book Week Ambassador, Dr Jen Martin, throughout her life in natural science.

We've also compiled a list of some of the best nature books of recent times that should be on your shelves. From a life philosophy based on berries in Braiding Sweetgrass to the amazing way trees communicate in The Hidden Life Of Trees, there are plenty of awe-inspiring reads to get stuck into.

Meet our Nature Book Week Ambassador

Science communicator Dr Jen Martin was our 2021 Nature Book Week Ambassador.

Science communicator Dr Jen Martin was our 2021 Nature Book Week Ambassador.

“When kids read about our natural world, they feel more connected to nature. And feeling connected to nature helps us all to understand how precious our natural environment is, and how important it is we protect it.”
Dr Jen Martin

Dr Jen Martin spent many years working as a field ecologist until she decided the most useful thing she could contribute as a scientist was to teach other scientists how to be effective and engaging communicators. To that end, she founded and leads the University of Melbourne's acclaimed Science Communication Teaching Program.

Dr Jen Martin on an all-women expedition to Antarctica with Homeward Bound.

Dr Jen Martin on an all-women expedition to Antarctica with Homeward Bound.

Jen also practises what she preaches: for nearly 15 years she’s been talking about science each week on 3RRR, Australia’s largest community radio station, she writes a popular science blog, is a member of the Science Gallery Melbourne Leonardos and writes for CSIRO's Double Helix Magazine. She was named the 2019 Unsung Hero of Science Communication.

Books to good homes

The Nawarddeken Academy. Image: In kind from Nawarddeken Academy.

The Nawarddeken Academy. Image: In kind from Nawarddeken Academy.

As part of Nature Book Week, the Wilderness Society works with First Nations communities and schools, like the Nawarddeken Academy in Arnhem land and Deadly Science, to give the wonderful nature books we received for consideration a good home.

“The Nawarddeken Academy is thrilled to be receiving a donation of books from the Wilderness Society. Being located on an Indigenous ranger base in west Arnhem Land, we have limited access to quality printed texts that embrace the natural environment,” says Olga Scholes, Nawarddeken Academy Executive Officer.

“Our country is our classroom and local ecological knowledge is critical to Indigenous Language and Culture. In a remote bicultural school like ours, reading environmental stories from other parts of the world highlights the importance of caring for our local environment.”

Corey Tutt CEO and Founder of Deadly Science says the donation of books is “Incredible! Books are freedom. To provide these Deadly books to our students is just amazing. Who knows, maybe this might be the thing that helps our students find their deadly passion.”