Announcing . . . a winner!


On the 50th-anniversary Earth Day, April 22, 2020, the Nature Generation organization announced the winners and honor books for the 2020 Green Earth Book Awards. Giraffe Extinction won! The books they select represent the best children’s and young-adult books that convey a message of environmental stewardship and inspire children and young adults to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment.

“On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we applaud the winning authors for motivating youth and shining a light on the environmental challenges that we continue to face,” said Amy Marasco, president and founder of the organization. “We recommend these books as a resource to all the teachers and parents giving Earth Day lessons from home this year.”

About the Author

Tanya Anderson is an award-winning children’s book writer and editor. Her lifelong love of books and words have given her the passion to create books for young readers who are not the usual eager readers. She cares about the reluctant reader, the one who wants something different, the one who looks at most books and thinks, “Borrring!”

As the editorial director at Darby Creek Publishing, she led a team of writers, illustrators, editors, and printers who made books that made reluctant readers’ eyes grow wide and minds open to the wonders inside those books. Books (that are still in print!!!) like:

Tales of the Cryptids by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyanne Young
Punished! by David Lubar
Venom by Marilyn Singer

As an author, Tanya finds stories that few people have heard. Both of her recent history titles won awards and received terrific reviews. Check them out on her Books page


For the young graphic novel reader, check out her retelling of the Native American myth about the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls.

Welcome to Tanya’s website. Feel free to check in any time—or drop her a note using the Contact Me form.