The Santa Monica Public Library announced the 2008 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award winners during a ceremony Saturday, October 4th.

This is the second year the library has presented the Green Prize awards to honor authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability.

The 2008 Green Prize winners in each category are:

Adult Nonfiction: Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming by Paul Hawken, published by Viking Press;

Adult Reference: The Virtuous Consumer: Your Essential Shopping Guide for a Better, Kinder, Healthier World by Leslie Garrett, published by New World Library;

Adult Local Impact: The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes, and Stories from the Market and Farm by Amelia Saltsman, published by Blenheim Press;

Adult Honorable Mention: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, published by Harper Perennial;

Youth Nonfiction: One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss, illustrated by Rosemary Woods, published by Kids Can Press;

Youth Picture Book: On Meadowview Street written and illustrated by Henry Cole, published by Greenwillow;

Youth Local Impact: The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, published by Orchard Books;

Youth Honorable Mention: Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming by Jean Davies Okimoto, illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell, published by Sasquatch Books; and

Pioneer Award: The Lorax by Theodor Seuss Geisel, “Dr. Seuss,” published by Random House.

The City of Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan defines sustainability as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social — without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

Books published in the United States during the 2007 calendar year were eligible for the prize. Criteria included effective presentation of material, distinctive literary quality, and originality of scholarship.

Youth titles for consideration were required to have potential for classroom use and be appropriate for students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Information about the Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, or (310) 458-8600.