The winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2017

The winners of this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature were announced over the weekend. This annual Award is organised by the Wilderness Society and encourages children to take an interest in nature and feel a sense of responsibility for the places we love and our unique wildlife.

Here are the winners for all three categories…



Chooks in Dinner Suits by Diane Jackson Hill and Craig Smith

Chooks in Dinner Suits is the warmly funny account of one man’s quest to save a penguin colony, with two very unusual helpers. This story is based on true events that took place on Middle Island in Warrnambool!


Picture Fiction

Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy

This picture book is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy. Our reviewer, Angela Crocombe, describes it as a resoundingly beautiful book. Read her full review here.



Rainforest Camp (Juliet Nearly a Vet Book 12) by Rebecca Johnson and Kyla May

Juliet Nearly a Vet is a fun fiction series for ages 7 and up, featuring gorgeous illustrations by local illustrator Kyla May. Juliet wants to be a vet when she grows up, but when she decides she needs to start practising, her wonderful misadventures begin… In Rainforest Camp, Juliet and her friends are off to school camp – in a rainforest!

Find out more about the Environment Award for Children’s Literature here.