Nautilus Book Awards 2011–Silver Awards

The winners of the Nautilus Book Awards have been announced.  The Nautilus Awards describe themselves as: “Gold and Silver awards are given to print and audio books of exceptional merit that make a literary and heartfelt contribution to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change, as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspiration.”

They give awards in a wide range of categories, several of which are for books for children and teens.  These are books that libraries often miss, since they are primarily small press and therefore not reviewed in the larger library review journals.

2011 Silver Nautilus Award Winners

Children’s Picture Books (preschool – Grade 2)


The Gift of Grace by Grace Mary McClelland, illustrated by Nancy Moskovitz

The Secret of Pig Island by Jennifer R. Nolan, photographs by Jim Abernethy

What Does It Mean to Be Present? by Rana Di Orio, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler


Children’s Illustrated (Grades 3-6)


Splinters by Kevin Sylvester

The Gift by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Rob Ryan

Tree Song by H. E. Stewart


Children’s Nonfiction (Grades 1-6)


Molly the Owl: The True Story of a Common Barn Owl That Ends Up Being Not So Common After All by Eric Blehm, illustrated by Christopher Adams

Philanthropy: A Big Word for Big-Hearted People by Jan Helson & Rachel Annette Helson

Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could by Sandy Nathan


The Tiny Plant That Saved Our Planet by Mark Edwards, illustrated by Lynne Avril

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak, illustrated by Sarah Ackerley


Middle Grade & Teen Fiction


Grease Town by Ann Towell

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

Riding Out the Hurricane by Maeve McMahon


Travels with Gannon & Wyatt by Patti Wheeler & Keith Hemstreet

Winter Shadows by Margaret Buffie


Middle Grade & Teen Nonfiction


Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Earth Heroes: Champions of Wild Animals by Bruce and Carol Malnor, illustrated by Anisa Claire Hovemann

Teen Esteem: A Self-Direction Manual for Young Adults by Pat Palmer & Melissa Alberti Froehner


Weird Is Normal: When Teenagers Grieve by Jenny Lee Wheeler

Yes You Can! Your Guide to Becoming an Activist by Jane Drake & Ann Love


Children’s Books with Audio

Little Chief and Mighty Gopher: The Pemmican Frenzy by Victor Lethbridge

Jyoti for Kids: A Meditative Technique for Purification by the Light by Simhananda

Starabella: Welcome to a Bright New World by Sharon, Tara & Dana Fialco, illustrated by Anton Petrov

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