The Green Earth Book Award

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Winner_Gold_EMBSo, this happened.

Really.

WASHASHORE was named the winner of the national 2014 Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult Fiction.

Honestly, I’m still a bit stunned. And I can’t stop admiring how that little gold sticker looks on the cover.

The Green Earth Book Award is given by The Nature Generation, a terrific group of people who make it their mission to find ways to connect children with nature. One of the things they do is give this annual award. And then, they raise money to purchase and donate copies of the award-winning books and other books with environmental themes to schools that need books. What a great organization to have embraced my book, right?

The award ceremony in Washington on September 18 was a dream come true. There was a green carpet. We posed for photos in front of one of those logo screen thingies. There were tons of environmentalists, all wearing green. There was NPR’s Richard Harris, giving the keynote address. There was a book signing. There was my book cover, projected on a screen for all to see. And there was me, up at the podium, giving an acceptance speech just like at the Oscars (well, ALMOST like at the Oscars) and receiving a check for $2,000 and a plaque and a big round of applause. There were gift bags, each of which contained a tasty cookie provided by my amazing publisher, Lucky Marble Books. There were desserts.

Also, there was a fantastic group of other winning authors, with whom I got to spend a little time. Kathi Appelt (the recipient of MANY awards, she told me “it never gets old.”). Jennifer O’Connell, whose paintings are as beautiful as her words. Melissa Stewart, who’s published over 150 books. Eagle experts Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig Koppie. And last year’s YA winner, Eliot Schrefer. I’m now a huge fan of his work.

There was also a school visit, to Glasgow Middle School in Alexandria, VA. The eighth graders there were bursting with questions, and our hour together passed in a flash. The Nature Generation donated 40 copies of WASHASHORE to the school for students to keep. Afterwards, one of the students suggested we get a photo together!

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And there was a visit with all of the winning authors to Patterson Elementary School in Southeast Washington, DC, where we made a time capsule along with students, containing lots of dreams for how the world will be in 30 years, along with copies of our books. The kids protested wildly when the principal closed and locked the time capsule!

It was a fantastic day and night, and I’m adding it to the pantheon of my favorite days ever. And now, back to work! But not before I share some pictures. And I’ll spare you my speech, but needless to say, I sent heartfelt thanks to The Nature Generation.

And, of course, to Dennis. You can see him in the photos below, posing with me and his wonderful mother Felicia (also an author!) in front of the celebrity photo backdrop.

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