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Tracking the environment in Australian children’s literature: the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards 1955-2014

Babb, Yeyoung May, McBurnie, Janine and Miller, Kelly K. 2017, Tracking the environment in Australian children’s literature: the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards 1955-2014, Environmental education research, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1080/13504622.2017.1326020.

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Title Tracking the environment in Australian children’s literature: the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards 1955-2014
Author(s) Babb, Yeyoung May
McBurnie, JanineORCID iD for McBurnie, Janine orcid.org/0000-0003-2842-9557
Miller, Kelly K.ORCID iD for Miller, Kelly K. orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-6232
Journal name Environmental education research
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017-05-11
ISSN 1350-4622
1469-5871
Keyword(s) Children's Book Council of Australia
biodiversity
children's literature
environmental sustainability
picture books
Summary Popular and accessible before television and the internet, picture bookscapture the context of the time they were created and influence thegenerations of children who consume them. Depictions of the natural world have changed across several generations of picture books as seen in illustrations of all 249 books of an influential collection, the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards shortlists from 1955 to 2014. This study found that natural environments became proportionally less present in picture books over time while depictions of built environments increased. The presence of wild animals and native Australian animals also decreased over time. Sustainability themes and more realistic depictions of wild animals and biodiversity increased over time which reflects a growing ecological or environmental awareness, and diversification of environmental themes in recent picture books of this prominent Collection.
Notes In Press
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13504622.2017.1326020
Field of Research 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
0502 Environmental Science And Management
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, Informa UK
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30096060

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