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  • The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

    The Library established the Green Prize to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books for
    adults and young people that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability.
    The City of Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan defines sustainability as “meeting current needs - environmental, economic,
    and social - without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.” The Green Prize is sponsored by the
    Santa Monica Public Library and the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. 

    Past winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature: 2019201820172016201520142013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007    


  • The 2019 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Winners

    Green Prize - Client Earth 

    Client Earth
    By James Thornton and Martin Goodman, published by Scribe US

     Green Prize - Formerly Known

    Formerly Known as Food: How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture
    By Kristin Lawless, published by St. Martin’s Press

     Green Prize - Poached

    Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking
    By Rachel Love Nuwer, published by Da Capo Press

     Green Prize - River of Lost Souls

    River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster
    By Jonathan P. Thompson, published by Torrey House Press

     Green Prize - Saudi America

    Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World
    By Bethany McLean, published by Columbia Global Reports

     Green Prize - Visionary Women

    Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World
    By Andrea Barnet, published by Ecco

     Green Prize - Desert Ecosystems

    Earth’s Ecosystems (Series)
    Published by 12 Story Library

    Forest/Freshwater/Grassland/Marine Ecosystems
    By Tammy Gagne

    Desert/Tundra Ecosystems
    By Mirella S. Miller

     Green Prize - The Environmental Movement

    The Environmental Movement: Then and Now
    By Rebecca Stefoff, published by Capstone Press

     Green Prize - Galapagos Girl

    Galápagos Girl/Galápagueña
    By Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Angela Dominguez
    Translated by Adriana Dominguez, published by Children’s Book Press

     Green Prize - Red Alert

    Red Alert! Endangered Animals Around the World
    By Catherine Barr, illustrated by Anne Wilson, published by Charlesbridge

     Green Prize - Spring After Spring

    Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement
    By Stephanie Roth Sisson, published by Roaring Brook Press                                                                 

     Green Prize - Thank You Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet
    By April Pulley Sayre, published by Greenwillow Books

     Green Prize - What is Climate Change What Is Climate Change?
    By Gail Herman, illustrated by John Hinderliter, published by Penguin Workshop

     Green Prize - Mary Oliver PIONEER AWARD
    Mary Oliver

    2020 Green Prize Submission Criteria

    The title must have been published in the United States in the 2019 calendar year. The titles should reflect basic sustainability criteria:
    -Future and long-term oriented
    -Awareness of ecological and resource limits
    -Regional as well as global in scope
    -Cognizant that everything is interconnected
    -Concerned with creating diverse and balanced communities
    -Inclusive of social equality and well-being
    -Supportive of public involvement in community decisions
    -Promotes environmental, economic or social equity ideals
    -Published using sustainable practices

    Titles are also judged on:
    -Effective presentation of material, including exceptional integration of text, illustration, and design
    -Distinctive literary quality
    -Originality of scholarship, including uniqueness of format or approach to the topic
    -Youth titles should be appropriate for children in grades K-12 and have potential for classroom use

    Green Prize Committee
    Books are judged by a panel of librarians, teachers, and local authorities on sustainability issues.

    Submission Guidelines
    Publishers, authors, and the public are welcome to suggest candidates for the Prize, and may submit more than one title. Publishers and authors should send two copies of the book and a brief cover letter that includes contact information, and indicates how you learned about the Green Prize.

    Send submissions to:
    Jen Ullrich
    Santa Monica Public Library
    601 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401, (310) 458-8316

    2020 Submission Deadline
    The submission deadline is March 1, 2020.


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