Earth Day

Redwoods by Jason Chin

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Back of Book:
A ordinary subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests. As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels―all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. Crammed with interesting and accurate information about these great natural wonders.
My Review:
I remember standing in front of the Redwood Trees in awe of the majesty of them! This picture book beautifully captures the beauty of the trees. I love that this book is filled with amazing facts about the trees. It teaches readers about what kind of bugs and animals call the Redwoods home. I love that the book also labels the parts of the tree. The scientific research that was done for this book was well documented. There is a note in the back of the book that shares that the Redwoods are in danger and should be protected for all to see. The illustrations are beautiful and follow the young boys journey as he learns about a world that he had never heard of before. A perfect book to read for Arbor Day.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches

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Back of Book: Peek into this diary of an aluminum can as it goes on a journey from inside a bauxite rock, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a display on a bookshelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into its new life…as a baseball bat!

My Review:
I love that this amazing story about the creation and adventures of an aluminum can. Readers follow along with this fun and humorous first-person narrative. I love using this story to discuss point of view. It gives a different perspective of the importance of recycling. A perfect book for preschool and Kindergarten age groups.
Ages 4 and up
26 Pages

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Miss Fox’s Class Goes Greenby Eileen Spinelli

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Back of Book:

When Miss Fox shows up at school riding her bicycle, Mouse asks, “Do you have a flat tire?” “No,” Miss Fox tells her students. “I am going green!” Soon everyone in the class is working to keep the earth healthy. Mouse takes shorter showers (and does her singing after!); Bunny brings a cloth bag to the supermarket; and Possum turns the lights off when he goes out. And Miss Fox’s simple act has ripples even beyond her own students…soon the whole school starts riding their bikes–including the principal.

My Review:

The Miss Fox books are some of my favorite book to read aloud in my classroom. My students always love hearing these stories. Miss Fox’s Class goes green is a great book to share for Earth Day. I love that Miss Fox has her class give her ideas on how they can help the planet. The text gives readers great examples of ways that they can make their classroom and their homes a greener place. The illustrations are bright and very cute. I am a huge fan of the entire Miss Fox series/

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

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Back of Book:
Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers’ user’s guide to life on Earth. He created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents. Be it a complex view of our planet’s terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it’s big), or a guide to all of humanity (don’t be fooled, we are all people), Oliver’s signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents.
My Review:

Oliver Jeffers is an incredibly talented author and illustrator who crafted a perfect read aloud for Earth Day. I love that the book describes the different terrain that can found around earth. I also love that this book shows the many types of people groups that can be found on earth. The text is rich in figurate language as well as humor. The illustrations are colorful and draw readers into the text. A perfect addition to any Earth Day unit study. I am looking forward to sharing this book with my classroom.
Ages 5 and up
48 Pages

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Anywhere Farm By Phyllis Root

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Back of Book:
You might think a farm means fields, tractors, and a barnyard full of animals. But you can plant a farm anywhere you like! A box or a bucket, a boot or a pan — almost anything can be turned into a home for green, growing things. Windows, balconies, and front steps all make wonderful spots to start. Who knows what plants you may choose to grow and who will come to see your new garden?
My Review:
This is a great book to share with children. This book shows readers that they can create a garden no matter where they life. It doesn’t take much to create one, you simply need soil, sunshine, some water and a seed. I love that this book encourages young and old alike to go and plant something beautiful. Many children who live in the city, do not realize that they can grow things in a planter box, or a small plot of earth. This story is beautifully crafted, with a rhyming pattern that readers won’t soon forget. The illustrations are diverse and show many different kinds of people planting seeds. Karas did a terrific job of drawing readers into each setting. Candlewick Press has published another fantastic picture book.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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It’s Earth Day! (Little Critter) By Mercer Mayer

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Back of Book:

Little Critter is on a mission! After watching a film about climate changes at school, Little Critter decides to do his part to slow down global warming. With the help of his family and friends, Little Critter begins to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Together they learn about the importance of not wasting water or energy. Join Little Critter as he plants a tree, makes a climate control machine, and helps the polar bears.

My Review:

I have always been a fan of the Little Critter books. This story is a great addition to any books discussing Earth Day.  Little Critter does everything he can to try to slow global warming. This story discusses recycling, planting trees, and conserving water. This book is a great read aloud for a younger audience to discuss the importance of protecting the earth.

Ages 4 and up

28 Pages

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Earth Day Everyday By Lisa Bullard

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Back of Book:

On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an Earth Day club with her friends. What can you do to make every day Earth Day? Do your part to be a planet protector! Discover how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more with Tyler and Trina in the Planet Protectors.

My Review:

My spring break is this week, so my class will be celebrating Earth Day on Monday. Earth Day Every Day is a perfect introduction to what Earth Day is about.  It fallows Trina as she discusses all the different ways humans can help save the earth. The book is broken up in sections, this makes it perfect to read to younger, more wiggly audiences.  The back of the book has directions to make a compost pile. It also has a glossary with Earth Day vocabulary.  I am looking forward to reading this to my students on Monday.

Ages 4 and up

24 Pages

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