Established in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated annually every April 22 in support of our environment. This Earth Day, encourage your children to marvel in and take care of our earth’s resources. Here are some books to help you commemorate this significant day:
THE GREAT BIG GREEN by Peggy Gifford and illustrated by Lisa Desimini (Boyds Mills Press, Ages 4-7)
The thing is.. the thing is GREEN… but what is it? This colorful picture book features a lyrical riddle about the “great big green” that will have kids guessing as they try to figure out what exactly it is. They’ll soon find out that the great big green is actually our Earth, which is green… except where it’s blue. Lots of “green” things appear on each spread of this easy-to-share story, which lends itself to re-reading again, and again.
LOOK UP! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate (Candlewick, Ages 8-12)
Now that the weather is warmer, here’s a perfect book to encourage kids (and even adults!) to get outside and check out the most accessible wildlife around: birds. This introduction to bird watching features fun full-color illustrations that portray dozens of birds conversing about their unique characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types. Whimsical cartoons depict dialogues between birds, characters, and the reader. Interactive and enjoyable tips bring an age-old hobby to new life for the next generation of bird-watchers.
LAST-BUT-NOT-LEAST LOLA GOING GREEN by Christine Pakkala (Boyds Mills Press, Ages 7-10)
Lola Zuckerman – forever last (due to her last name starting with a “Z”), but never least – is determined to win her class’s “Going Green” contest this year. After all, her brother won it a few years ago. And she can’t allow her ex-best-friend Amanda Anderson (who is always first) to take this year’s prize. Will Lola’s “green” idea come out ahead of everyone else’s? This first title in a new chapter book series features an engaging story, along with some excellent “green tips” (such as recycling and composting) for a classroom or a home.)
THE LORAX by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 6-9)
Celebrating Earth Day wouldn’t be complete without reading this classic tale about preserving our environment. With unique characters and whimsical rhymes, Dr. Seuss tells a tale that’s also an ecological warning, and leaves the readers with a potent message: “Unless someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.”