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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: 20172016201520142013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007    


  • The 2018 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Winners


    The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World 
    by David R. Boyd; published by ECW Press


    Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change 
    by Geoff Dembicki; published by Bloomsbury USA


    Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution 
    by Marcus Eriksen; published by Beacon Press


    An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power: Your Action Handbook to Learn the Science, Find Your Voice, and Help Solve the Climate Crisis 
    by Al Gore; published by Rodale Books


    Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming 
    by Paul Hawken; published by Penguin Books


    Rewilding: Giving Nature a Second Chance 
    by Jane Drake and Ann Love; published by Annick Press


    Climate Migrants: On the Move in a Warming World 
    by Rebecca Hirsch; published by Twenty-First Century Books


    Creekfinding: A True Story 
    written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Claudia McGhee; published by University of Minnesota Press


    The Last Panther 
    by Todd Mitchell; published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers


    Green Planet (series) 
    by Rebecca Pettiford; published by Jump!


    If Sharks Disappeared 
    written and illustrated by Lily Williams; published by Roaring Book Press

      Pioneer Award Winner: Al Gore

    2019 Green Prize Submission Criteria

    The title must have been published in the United States in the 2018 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

    2019 Submission Deadline
    The submission deadline is March 1, 2019.


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