April 21, 2009

Earth Day books for kids

My daughter loves to read; a trait she got from her Mama! We've been reading books for Earth Day, and I thought I'd share some of what we've read so far.

Many of the traditionally recommended Earth Day books were checked out when we visited our local library (like Michael Recycle, The Carrot Seed, The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute Anymore, It's Earth Day, Little Critter, or The Whole Green World), so I just spent some time scanning the shelves. We ended up with mostly nature books, and we've combined reading with lots of playtime outside!

The Tree - Dana Lyons

This is a short book with beautiful illustrations and an important message about saving our forests.

A Tree This Tall - Inez Rice

C has asked to read this book several times already this week. It's a great book about a boy who lives in a big city. There are no trees on his block, and when he finds an acorn on the sidewalk, he decides to plant it, and he imagines what his tree will be like. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be in print anymore! We borrowed this copy from the library.

Where Does the Garbage Go? - Paul Showers

A great child-friendly explanation of what used to happen to our garbage, what happens now, and the importance of recycling. Too bad they don't talk about composting too though!

Can You Say Peace? - Karen Katz

Although this isn't an environmental book, it shows children all around the world and teaches you to say "peace" in many languages - certainly an important concept in preserving our planet!

Fancy Nancy, Explorer Extraordinaire! - Jane O'Connor

This one isn't a storybook like the other Fancy Nancy books; it's more of a guide to nature, with Nancy's quirkiness thrown in. It's cute, but I think C will enjoy it more when she's a bit older.

The Lost Lake - Allen Say

Follow a boy and his father on a journey to find a lake untouched by civilization.


Valerie said...

We love the book Where Does the Garbage Go, great pick!


Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Great book picks! I can't wait to check out The Tree! It looks beautiful.

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