Animals, Earth Day

Don’t Let Them Disappear By by Chelsea Clinton

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Back of Book:

Did you know that blue whales are the largest animals in the world? Or that sea otters wash their paws after every meal? The world is filled with millions of animal species, and all of them are unique and special. Many are on the path to extinction.

In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals, sharing what makes them special, and also what threatens them. Taking readers through the course of a day, Don’t Let Them Disappear talks about rhinos, tigers, whales, pandas and more.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this picture book from Philomel Books in exchange for an honest review.
Chelsea Clinton has written a captivating picture book with a strong and important message about protecting our animals. The beginning of the book has a world map listing where the animals are, and a key explaining the terms used throughout the story.
Each page features a different animal and an explanation as to why they are endangered. The text is straight forward and easy to comprehend. I love that readers learn so many interesting facts about each animal. Each page ends with the phrase “don’t let them disappear” Readers can also look at the key and see why each animal is in danger. The illustrations by Gianna Marino are simply stunning. They bring life and depth to this book. The back of the book has information for readers on what they can do to help save endangered animals from going extinct.
This is a beautiful story and should be in every teacher’s library. I plan on incorporating several writing workshop assignments after we read it. A perfect book for Earth Day or any unit about protecting our planet earth.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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Biography, Earth Day

Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses by Shira Boss

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Back of Book:
This charming picture book tells the true story of Bob Redman, a child growing up in New York City. Tired of the noise, the people, and the rushing around, Bob took shelter in the natural beauty of Central Park—where he covertly built a series of amazing treehouses, starting with a simple platform and growing more and more elaborate over time. He played cat-and-mouse with the park workers, who kept tearing down his houses until he was finally caught. But his story ends with a happy surprise
My Review:
I shared this fun nonfiction biography with my class on Arbor Day. It shares the life of Bob Redman and his love of the trees in Central Park. Readers are swept away into the passion that Bob had for nature. every tree house he built got bigger and more elaborate! The text is written in a strong lyrical format that has stunning figurative language. Including metaphors, similes, and personification. Shira made sure that her book was not just a story but an experience. The illustrations by Jamey Christoph are whimsical and have an almost airy feel to them. Readers are able to feel like they are up in the treehouse with Bob. The back of the book has an epilogue that shares more about Bob Redman with readers. Overall, this is a truly stunning story and should b shared with readers in all classrooms.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Career Day, Earth Day

If I Were a Park Ranger By Catherine Stier

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Back of Book:
If you were a national park ranger, you’d spend every day in one of the most treasured places in America. You’d have an amazing job protecting animals, the environment, and our country’s natural and historical heritage, from the wilds of Denali to the Statue of Liberty!
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Catherine Stier in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to share this book with my class on Earth Day and during National Park Week. It is a terrific look at the many important aspects of a park rangers job. Each page is filled with fun descriptions of what park rangers that do every day. The text focuses on how they protect the animals, the environment, and the history of America. I loved the details that were on every page. I am lucky enough to live near a National Monument and felt like this book accurately describes the job that rangers do. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and show readers glimpses into the different parks across America. The back of the book has a note from the author that gives readers more information about science, art, and other aspects of the park. This is a perfect book to use as a read aloud or a book report. I also plan on adding it to my community helper reading list.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Biography, Earth Day

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng By Sophia Gholz

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Back of Book:
As a boy, Jadav Payeng was distressed by the destruction deforestation and erosion was causing on his island home in India’s Brahmaputra River. So he began planting trees. What began as a small thicket of bamboo, grew over the years into 1,300 acre forest filled with native plants and animals. The Boy Who Grew a Forest tells the inspiring true story of Payeng–and reminds us all of the difference a single person with a big idea can make.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Sophia Gholz in exchange for an honest review.
The Boy Who Grew A Forest is a beautiful picture book biography about the life and work of Jadav Payeng. Jadav saw a need in his community and worked hard to change the environment for the better. He planted one tree at a time until he had created an entire ecosystem. The simple lyrical text sweeps readers into the story of how Jadav spent his life making his small island a better place. The illustrations are gorgeous and eye-catching. I felt as if I was there watching the forest grow and the animals return. The back of the book has more information about Jadav Payeng as well as directions on how to plant your own seeds. This is a fantastic book to share with children during Arbor Day or Earth Day. A perfect addition to all school and elementary classrooms.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

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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Earth Day

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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Earth Day

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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Earth Day

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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Earth Day, Gardens and plants, Uncategorized

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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Earth Day

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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