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Environmental issues provide the backdrop for an array of novels, from suspense to romance to comedy. This bibliography includes books for young adults and adults. When looking at your library for fiction with environmental themes, some of the following subject headings may be helpful:
- Environmental protection – Fiction
- Hazardous wastes – Fiction
- Industrial pollution – Fiction
- Offenses against the environment – Fiction
- Pollution – Fiction
For an excellent list of picture books with environmental and nature themes, see Childsake's Nature and the Environment Booklist.
This list was compiled by Charlotte Roh, Lauren Bordson, and Laura L. Barnes.
Trends in Eco-Fiction
The Subfield That Is Changing the Landscape of Literary Studies
Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education exploring the increasing popularity of climate fiction in literary studies.
Formerly formerly Cli-fi Books, Eco-Fiction.com maintains a growing database and good sampling of fictional novels, short stories, anthologies, prose, film, and other arts, including science fiction, literary fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, with environmental themes, with a strong focus on climate change.
An independent blog devoted to books -- fiction and nonfiction -- with environmental and animal protection themes.
Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature
“New environmental literature” refers to literary works that focus on the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife. The organizers are looking for work that redefines notions of environmentalism and sustainability, particularly when it comes to animal protection. They are not seeking books about hunting, fishing, or eating animals—unless they are analogous to a good anti-war novel being all about war. Under these basic guidelines, however, they're open to reading a wide range of fiction and nonfiction with environmental and animal themes.
Environmental Book Festivals
The popularity of environmentally-themed fiction has grown such that many literary festivals now have environmental themes. There are even environmental book festivals and awards that are a great resource for environmental books. They include:
Green Book Festival
Founded in 2010, the Green Book Festival in San Francisco honors books that "contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment." It is a competition that includes a $1500 for the Green Book Festival Author of the Year and transportation to the event.
Green Earth Book Awards
Sponsored by the Newton Marasco Foundation, the goal of this award is to inspire youth to think about the environment. They also have a Read Green Program and Teach Green Program to further support environmental education, focusing on children and young adults.
SEJ's Rachel Carson Environment Book Award
Sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists, these award winners are fact, not fiction, but are comprised of some very compelling and readable reporting.