By: Abigail Richards
Author Loree Burns is no stranger to earning praise for her countless works, but her most recent honor might be a bit more special since it's an accolade for her efforts in teaching youngsters to take care of the environment. According to The Banner, Burns was toasted with the Green Earth Book Award for Children's Nonfiction for her latest book, "Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard."
The Green Earth Book Awards were founded by The Nature Generation in 2005, and since then, the panel of judges has worked hard to honor the top authors in the green, environmentally friendly genre. Though very honored, Burns admitted she didn't even know her book was nominated for one of the Green Earth awards.
"I did not even know I was nominated," Burns told the publication. "What's so interesting to me is that this book is the least driven by environmental concerns and is really about slowing down and paying attention to the natural environment."
According to The Nature Generation's official website, other winners this year include "The Family Tree," by David McPhail in the Picture Book category and "One White Dolphin" by Gill Lewis in the Children's Fiction section.