Nature Book Week
is here!

On 7 September join us for a week
of events and inspired storytelling from Australia’s finest writers.

Our inherent need to connect with nature has never been more apparent in a year like 2020. When we can’t step outside to breathe the crisp air of the bush, nature books can take us there. 

The Wilderness Society is proud to announce the inaugural Nature Book Week, commencing on Threatened Species Day on 7 September. Books can inspire the next generation to be custodians of nature through creative writing and captivating illustration; Nature Book Week is a celebration of some of Australia’s finest storytellers.

We are excited to reveal that presenter, actor, children’s author and illustrator Rove McManus will be Nature Book Week’s first Ambassador. 

“I am thrilled to be the Ambassador of Nature Book Week. To think that there are people out there who are trying to, in a creative way, share the idea of how important it is to take care of our planet for the next generation, I think is a really important thing, because that's exactly what we're trying to do.”
Rove McManus—presenter, actor, children’s author, illustrator & Nature Book Week Ambassador.

Rove is part of an an event-filled week, with online readings, talks and awards, that kicked off with a live National Threatened Species Day discussion on Facebook and Youtube with author and conservationist, Tim Flannery.

He's also one of three judges for this year's Environment Awards For Children's Literature, which topped off Nature Book Week with a special awards ceremony on 10 September. Watch the full live event below as we reveal this year's winners.

An event-filled week

The Environment Award For Children's Literature

As part of Nature Book Week, the winners of the 2020 Environment Award For Children's Literature were announced in a live awards ceremony on 10 September. Watch the full event below, hosted by the Wilderness Society's National Campaigns Director Amelia Young and this year's three incredible judges—TV star and children’s author Rove McManus, science communicator Dr Jen Martin and award-winning author David Lawrence.

"The 10 shortlisted books this year were fantastic and there is something for everyone—whether you’re into graphic novels, Indigenous storytelling, tackling big issues like extinction, going on epic adventures or learning fun facts about all the wild and wonderful animals in Australia," says Rove. "I’m not going to lie, I would’ve loved to have this year’s shortlisted books around when I was a kid."

The winners!

From an extensive shortlist we are pleased to reveal the winners of the 2020 Environment Award For Children's Literature. 

In each category the winners are: 

Picture fiction: One Careless Night; written and illustrated by Christina Booth; published by Walker Books Australia.

Christina Booth said: "I am very honoured to have my book, One Careless night chosen as a winner of this important award. Every book that was entered is essential in the telling of stories that help engage, educate, and inspire our younger generation and adults to foster a love, a concern, and awareness of our environment.

"The story of the journey of the last known living thylacine is the story of all animals who have become extinct. I hope that this story will help to change attitudes and inspire action to ensure it is not the story for our current endangered species."

Fiction: Super Sidekicks 2: Ocean's Revenge; written and illustrated by Gavin Aung Than; published by Penguin Random House Australia.

Gavin Aung Than said: "What an honour! To be honest, Super Sidekicks: Ocean's Revenge just started out as a way for me to draw a giant plastic trash monster destroying Sydney. Thankfully, I was able to weave in a timely message about ocean waste and political negligence. I'm so happy that now more kid's might find this story and enjoy a fun superhero adventure that hides a sneaky environmental theme."

Non fiction: Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!; written by Tim Flannery. illustrated by Sam Caldwell; published by Hardie Grant Egmont.

Tim Flannery said: "I just can't believe that Weird, Wild, Amazing! has won this fabulous award! I'm just so delighted and humbled, and filled with joy at the thought of the award sticker on the book."

Check out the complete shortlist of titles that were considered in the gallery below. All of the titles can be purchased from Gleebooks, and 10 percent profits are donated to the Wilderness Society.

Giveaways!

We're also hosting two giveaways for Nature Book Week. One on Instagram and one on Facebook.

On Instagram we’re giving away seven prize packs! Five contain three books generously donated by Australian Geographic and two packs contain two books by Rohan Cleave published by CSIRO Publishing. To enter please post a photo of your favourite place to read and your favourite nature book on your Instagram feed (not stories!) using the hashtag #NatureBookWeekGiveaway and tagging @Wilderness_Aus. Entries close at 5pm on 14 September.

On Facebook, we’re giving away a full set of the 2020 Environment Award for Children’s Literature—that’s 10 children’s books! To enter please visit this Facebook post and leave a comment with a picture of your favourite place to read. Entries close at 5pm on 14 September. You must currently live in Australia to enter—check out the terms and conditions.

Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem by Candice Lemon-Scott; Illustrator: Aśka; Designed by Rachel Lawston Publisher: New Frontier Publishing; Category: Fiction "The Eco Rangers, Ebony and Jay, are having so much fun at the local adventure park. But when they find two abandoned baby bats, they rescue them right away. Then they discover more microbats inside an old rollercoaster ride. Can the Eco Rangers save the animals in time before the ride is destroyed?

Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem by Candice Lemon-Scott; Illustrator: Aśka; Designed by Rachel Lawston Publisher: New Frontier Publishing; Category: Fiction "The Eco Rangers, Ebony and Jay, are having so much fun at the local adventure park. But when they find two abandoned baby bats, they rescue them right away. Then they discover more microbats inside an old rollercoaster ride. Can the Eco Rangers save the animals in time before the ride is destroyed?

Wilam by Andrew Kelly & Aunty Joy Murphy Illustrator: Lisa Kennedy; Publisher: Walker Books Australia; Category: Picture Fiction As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home.

Wilam by Andrew Kelly & Aunty Joy Murphy Illustrator: Lisa Kennedy; Publisher: Walker Books Australia; Category: Picture Fiction As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home.

One Careless Night by Christina Booth Publisher: Walker Books Australia; Category: Picture Fiction "Where the mist swallows mountains and winds whisper through ancient trees, a mother and her pup run wild and free. They hunt, but they are also hunted. Carted away. Sold for bounty. And then, one careless night … The last thylacine is gone.

One Careless Night by Christina Booth Publisher: Walker Books Australia; Category: Picture Fiction "Where the mist swallows mountains and winds whisper through ancient trees, a mother and her pup run wild and free. They hunt, but they are also hunted. Carted away. Sold for bounty. And then, one careless night … The last thylacine is gone.

Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney Publisher: National Library of Australia (NLA Publishing); Category: Nonfiction Did you know that platypus have retractable webbing on their hind feet to enable an easy transition from swimming to digging? In "Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures", readers are constantly introduced to facts that delight, amaze and induce sheer wonder at the clever design and adaptability of our much-loved native fauna.

Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney Publisher: National Library of Australia (NLA Publishing); Category: Nonfiction Did you know that platypus have retractable webbing on their hind feet to enable an easy transition from swimming to digging? In "Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures", readers are constantly introduced to facts that delight, amaze and induce sheer wonder at the clever design and adaptability of our much-loved native fauna.

The Fate Of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Category: Picture Fiction A stunningly presented modern-day fable from world-renowned talent Oliver Jeffers.

The Fate Of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Category: Picture Fiction A stunningly presented modern-day fable from world-renowned talent Oliver Jeffers.

A Hollow is a Home by Abbie Mitchell Illustrator: Astred Hicks; Publisher: CSIRO Publishing; Category: Nonfiction Take a peek into the world of tree hollows and the animals that call them home. To you and me, a tree hollow is just a hole or tunnel in a tree or branch. But to an animal, that hollow may be a bedroom, a hiding place, nursery or shelter. It is the ultimate tree house! Find out how hollows are created, why they are threatened, and meet scientists who spend their time hollow-hunting.

A Hollow is a Home by Abbie Mitchell Illustrator: Astred Hicks; Publisher: CSIRO Publishing; Category: Nonfiction Take a peek into the world of tree hollows and the animals that call them home. To you and me, a tree hollow is just a hole or tunnel in a tree or branch. But to an animal, that hollow may be a bedroom, a hiding place, nursery or shelter. It is the ultimate tree house! Find out how hollows are created, why they are threatened, and meet scientists who spend their time hollow-hunting.

You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell Illustrator: Astred Hicks; Designer: Elysia Clapin; Publisher: Pantera Press; Category: Nonfiction Kids are on a mission to make our Earth a better, safer, happier place, and you can join in!

You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell Illustrator: Astred Hicks; Designer: Elysia Clapin; Publisher: Pantera Press; Category: Nonfiction Kids are on a mission to make our Earth a better, safer, happier place, and you can join in!

Super Sidekicks 2: Ocean's Revenge by Gavin Aung Than Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia; Category: Fiction The Mother of the Seas is sick of humans using the oceans as a junkyard, so she decides to give the land dwellers a taste of their own medicine. Prepare for an unbelievable underwater menace that threatens to destroy the entire world!

Super Sidekicks 2: Ocean's Revenge by Gavin Aung Than Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia; Category: Fiction The Mother of the Seas is sick of humans using the oceans as a junkyard, so she decides to give the land dwellers a taste of their own medicine. Prepare for an unbelievable underwater menace that threatens to destroy the entire world!

One Tree by Christopher Cheng Illustrator: Bruce Whatley; Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia; Category: Picture Fiction One tall tree on the mountain once marked Grandfather’s farm. Now there is a busy city and Grandfather lives with us in our apartment.

One Tree by Christopher Cheng Illustrator: Bruce Whatley; Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia; Category: Picture Fiction One tall tree on the mountain once marked Grandfather’s farm. Now there is a busy city and Grandfather lives with us in our apartment.

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing! by Tim Flannery Illustrator: Sam Caldwell; Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont; Category: Nonfiction Get ready for a whole new look at the world around you. You’re about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals on the planet. Are zombie jellyfish real? Do frogs like opera? Which animals eat poop? (And more importantly, WHY?!) What’s it like to wrestle a python?

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing! by Tim Flannery Illustrator: Sam Caldwell; Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont; Category: Nonfiction Get ready for a whole new look at the world around you. You’re about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals on the planet. Are zombie jellyfish real? Do frogs like opera? Which animals eat poop? (And more importantly, WHY?!) What’s it like to wrestle a python?

Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem by Candice Lemon-Scott; Illustrator: Aśka; Designed by Rachel Lawston Publisher: New Frontier Publishing; Category: Fiction "The Eco Rangers, Ebony and Jay, are having so much fun at the local adventure park. But when they find two abandoned baby bats, they rescue them right away. Then they discover more microbats inside an old rollercoaster ride. Can the Eco Rangers save the animals in time before the ride is destroyed?

Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem by Candice Lemon-Scott; Illustrator: Aśka; Designed by Rachel Lawston Publisher: New Frontier Publishing; Category: Fiction "The Eco Rangers, Ebony and Jay, are having so much fun at the local adventure park. But when they find two abandoned baby bats, they rescue them right away. Then they discover more microbats inside an old rollercoaster ride. Can the Eco Rangers save the animals in time before the ride is destroyed?

Wilam by Andrew Kelly & Aunty Joy Murphy Illustrator: Lisa Kennedy; Publisher: Walker Books Australia; Category: Picture Fiction As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home.

Wilam by Andrew Kelly & Aunty Joy Murphy Illustrator: Lisa Kennedy; Publisher: Walker Books Australia; Category: Picture Fiction As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home.

One Careless Night by Christina Booth Publisher: Walker Books Australia; Category: Picture Fiction "Where the mist swallows mountains and winds whisper through ancient trees, a mother and her pup run wild and free. They hunt, but they are also hunted. Carted away. Sold for bounty. And then, one careless night … The last thylacine is gone.

One Careless Night by Christina Booth Publisher: Walker Books Australia; Category: Picture Fiction "Where the mist swallows mountains and winds whisper through ancient trees, a mother and her pup run wild and free. They hunt, but they are also hunted. Carted away. Sold for bounty. And then, one careless night … The last thylacine is gone.

Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney Publisher: National Library of Australia (NLA Publishing); Category: Nonfiction Did you know that platypus have retractable webbing on their hind feet to enable an easy transition from swimming to digging? In "Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures", readers are constantly introduced to facts that delight, amaze and induce sheer wonder at the clever design and adaptability of our much-loved native fauna.

Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney Publisher: National Library of Australia (NLA Publishing); Category: Nonfiction Did you know that platypus have retractable webbing on their hind feet to enable an easy transition from swimming to digging? In "Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures", readers are constantly introduced to facts that delight, amaze and induce sheer wonder at the clever design and adaptability of our much-loved native fauna.

The Fate Of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Category: Picture Fiction A stunningly presented modern-day fable from world-renowned talent Oliver Jeffers.

The Fate Of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Category: Picture Fiction A stunningly presented modern-day fable from world-renowned talent Oliver Jeffers.

A Hollow is a Home by Abbie Mitchell Illustrator: Astred Hicks; Publisher: CSIRO Publishing; Category: Nonfiction Take a peek into the world of tree hollows and the animals that call them home. To you and me, a tree hollow is just a hole or tunnel in a tree or branch. But to an animal, that hollow may be a bedroom, a hiding place, nursery or shelter. It is the ultimate tree house! Find out how hollows are created, why they are threatened, and meet scientists who spend their time hollow-hunting.

A Hollow is a Home by Abbie Mitchell Illustrator: Astred Hicks; Publisher: CSIRO Publishing; Category: Nonfiction Take a peek into the world of tree hollows and the animals that call them home. To you and me, a tree hollow is just a hole or tunnel in a tree or branch. But to an animal, that hollow may be a bedroom, a hiding place, nursery or shelter. It is the ultimate tree house! Find out how hollows are created, why they are threatened, and meet scientists who spend their time hollow-hunting.

You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell Illustrator: Astred Hicks; Designer: Elysia Clapin; Publisher: Pantera Press; Category: Nonfiction Kids are on a mission to make our Earth a better, safer, happier place, and you can join in!

You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell Illustrator: Astred Hicks; Designer: Elysia Clapin; Publisher: Pantera Press; Category: Nonfiction Kids are on a mission to make our Earth a better, safer, happier place, and you can join in!

Super Sidekicks 2: Ocean's Revenge by Gavin Aung Than Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia; Category: Fiction The Mother of the Seas is sick of humans using the oceans as a junkyard, so she decides to give the land dwellers a taste of their own medicine. Prepare for an unbelievable underwater menace that threatens to destroy the entire world!

Super Sidekicks 2: Ocean's Revenge by Gavin Aung Than Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia; Category: Fiction The Mother of the Seas is sick of humans using the oceans as a junkyard, so she decides to give the land dwellers a taste of their own medicine. Prepare for an unbelievable underwater menace that threatens to destroy the entire world!

One Tree by Christopher Cheng Illustrator: Bruce Whatley; Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia; Category: Picture Fiction One tall tree on the mountain once marked Grandfather’s farm. Now there is a busy city and Grandfather lives with us in our apartment.

One Tree by Christopher Cheng Illustrator: Bruce Whatley; Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia; Category: Picture Fiction One tall tree on the mountain once marked Grandfather’s farm. Now there is a busy city and Grandfather lives with us in our apartment.

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing! by Tim Flannery Illustrator: Sam Caldwell; Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont; Category: Nonfiction Get ready for a whole new look at the world around you. You’re about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals on the planet. Are zombie jellyfish real? Do frogs like opera? Which animals eat poop? (And more importantly, WHY?!) What’s it like to wrestle a python?

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing! by Tim Flannery Illustrator: Sam Caldwell; Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont; Category: Nonfiction Get ready for a whole new look at the world around you. You’re about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals on the planet. Are zombie jellyfish real? Do frogs like opera? Which animals eat poop? (And more importantly, WHY?!) What’s it like to wrestle a python?

So come join us...

for the inaugural

Nature Book Week

We'd love it if you could participate by sharing your favourite nature books—maybe put together a display in your bookstore, library (if possible) or your personal library or online. If you do put together a collection of your favourite nature books or you simply want to tell us why nature books are important to you, please use #NatureBookWeek to share the love.

In the meantime, for grown-up book worms, we've 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.

See you on 7 September!