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Congrats to REDWOOD!

thumb_operationredwoodCongrats to S. Terrell French and the fabulous people at Amulet — Operation Redwood just won the 2010 National Green Earth Book Award for Children’s Fiction! Following is the press release:

The 2010 Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) Annual Green Earth Book Award winners reinforce the importance of environmental stewardship to our nation’s youth at a time when the country is renewing its focus on climate change and other environmental issues.

Every year, NMF, a non-profit environmental charity, partners with Salisbury University in Maryland to honor and promote environmental books that inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment. The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult literature.

“One of the beauties of the Newton Marasco Green Earth Book Award is that it recognizes an author who’s writing about a topic that is of vital importance to our Earth, yet it’s an area that, until recently, received little attention,” said Pam Spencer Holley, past Green Earth Book Award judge and author of the American Library Association’s Quick and Popular Reads for Teens.[…]

“The 2010 Green Earth Book Award goes to authors who have captured the essence of stewardship,” said Amy Marasco Newton, president and founder of the Newton Marasco Foundation. “Through their words and illustrations, these books not only raise awareness of environmental issues, but also instill a sense of responsibility for nurturing, protecting and defending the natural environment. I encourage educators, parents, grandparents, and youth clubs to include these books in their programs to help spread the word of what the next generation of environmental stewards can accomplish!”

I’m so pleased for Susannah, whose book really was a labor of love.

Has anyone else gotten some great news lately? Let’s turn the comments into a feast of congratulations!

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