John Burroughs Riverby Award 2017
During his life, John Burroughs' nature essays for children were published in special school editions and caused nature study to blossom in classrooms all over America. The Riverby Award competition for excellent natural history books for young readers, recognizing outstanding natural history books for children that contain perceptive and artistic accounts of direct experiences in the world of nature, was established in 1988 to recognize Burroughs' efforts to awaken interest in young naturalists. Each year, the results of the competition are formally recognized at the John Burroughs Association's award ceremony, held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Association hopes that the list will encourage writers, artists, and publishers to produce books that invite young readers to explore the natural world for themselves.
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