Blueberry Award




Natural Start Alliance Blueberry 2023 Webinar
Friday, March 15, 2024, 11 am
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Early Childhood Investigations Webinar:  Award-Winning Nature Books for Teachers, Children and Families in Your Program
Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 1:00 PM CST
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Environmental Education Association of IL 2024 Conference and Annual Meeting: Go Wild with Nature Books
Friday, March 22, 2024, 12:30 PM CST
Decatur, IL
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Want to hear Blueberry Committee librarians share about some of the 2022 Blueberry Winners? The webinar is already recorded and ready to play! Watch here.

Book Submissions Guidelines for Publishers and Authors/Illustrators

Blueberry Criteria

  • Proffers excellence in children’s literature in writing, art, and design
  • Shares nature, nature intersections, or climate peril with kids in developmentally appropriate, truthful ways
  • Reflects the diversity of people in our world
  • Delivers content grounded in real science
  • Incites kids to action that would make a real difference
  • Bonus: Topics that coincide with the City of Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) goals!
  • Must be published in the US in the year of review (2023 etc,) 

Contact Info

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Send ARC’s to: 

Martha Meyer
Evanston Public Library
ATTN Blueberry Awards
1703 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

We can receive submissions up until January 5 of 2025 for the 2024 Blueberry Awards. 


Do you have questions about how your organization can be involved with the Blueberry Award (Librarians, Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Librarians & Teachers, Forest and Nature Preschools, Center Directors, Nature Center and Ecology Center staff, Park District employees etc.)

Email me!

Martha Meyer
Evanston Public Library
Early Learning and Literacy Department
Blueberry Lead
Children’s Services Desk: 847-448-8610
1703 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

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