Hats Off! to Sam Love whose children’s book My Little Plastic Bag (with illustrator Samrae Duke) won a Silver Medal for Children’s Picture Books in the International Nautilus Book Awards. The Nautilus Book Awards are an annual accolade of books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Established in 1998, they are considered "major" book awards and have been conferred on prominent authors including The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amy Goodman, the Prince of Wales, and Desmund Tutu. Most Nautilus Awards are granted to books from major commercial presses or occasionally, independent presses. My Little Plastic Bag is independently published by Sam. The Nautilus Book Award recipients are selected through a three-tier process presided over by an assembly of editors, professors, writers, librarians, publishers, schoolteachers and bookstore owners. "The issue of plastic in our water is a critical issue," Sam says. "I’m glad we can help educate children about this."