Books

The Dumpster Diver 

Author(s): Janet S. Wong

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

What’s It About? Using a humorous, dry tone wonderfully accented with whimsical watercolors by illustrator David Roberts, The Dumpster Diver focuses on the story of Steve the handyman who delights in outfitting his digs with rescued bits and pieces that people regularly purge from their homes. Accompanied by an eager and equally efficient dumpster diving team, an unexpected accident forces Steve’s eco-posse to instead go door-to-door for castaways so that they can build a wheel chair that will help facilitate his recovery. Little boys in particular will go crazy for the Inspector Gadget-like ideas and trash-to-treasure imagery pictured within.

The Earth Is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems About Our Planet 

Author(s): Barbara Brenner, editor.

Age Range: All ages

What’s It About? Just as appropriate for the budding eco-Shakespeare as for little ones who simply just appreciate the majesty of Mother Nature, this collection of 91 environmental-themed poems by the likes of Theodore Roethke, Shel Silverstein and Carl Sandburg helps to paint a cerebral picture of the treasures available right outside our window. Complementary watercolor illustrations by S.D. Schindler bring the magic to life, offering children a springboard for their own real-life environmental stewardship.

Here Comes The Garbage Barge! 

Author(s): Jonah Winter

Age Range: 4 to 8 years

What’s It About? Based on the true story about the town of Islip, New York which — when deluged with 3,168 tons of garbage and no feasible place to put it — heaped its junk on a barge destined for someone else’s backyard. Six months later, the garbage-filled tugboat ends up back right where it started (since everyone along the Atlantic coast refused its not-at-all-special delivery), with its contents ultimately burned in a Brooklyn facility. Winter manages to inject a welcome comical twist to this otherwise all-too-familiar reflection on people who adopt an out of sight, out of mind philosophy.

Green Street Cred: Chris Sickels’ irresistible illustrations offer further delight since they’re created with recycled objects that illicit imagination as well as trash-to-treasure creativity. (See exactly how his fantastic recycled sculptures were created here.)

The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming 

Author(s): Laurie David and Cambria Gordon

Age Range: 8 years and older

What’s It About? Offering an easy-to-digest understanding of how global warming impacts humans, wildlife and all natural systems, this fact-packed text is well-balanced with a writing style that inspires action rather than daunting or scaring the bejeezus out of its younger audience.

Green Street Cred: The book is made with 100% FSC-certified post consumer paper pulp printed with soy based inks. Furthermore, David is a well-known environmental activist and best-selling author with a comprehensive list of eco-credits to her name, including producer of two notable nature documentaries (An Inconvenient Truth and Too Hot Not To Handle).

Don’t Throw That Away! A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing

Author(s): Lara Bergen

Age Range: 4 – 6 years

What’s It About? Serving up the three Rs – recycling, reusing and reducing – in a simple yet visually effective style, this fun, exploratory book appeals to small hands with its use of flaps that, when lifted, reveal trash-to-treasure items that can be easily made with the assistance of a little creative ingenuity. Readers are led along their eco-journey thanks to the help of a pigtailed heroine outfitted in superhero gear (appropriately made with recycled items).

Green Street Cred: Printed with vegetable ink on 100% recycled, cardboard-like paper board.

Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet 

Author(s): Janet Wilson

Age Range: 7 to 12 years

What’s It About? How old do you really have to be to make a difference on behalf of Mother Nature? The ten profiles of real-life global eco-activists featured in this book prove that age is merely just a number. From Sam Levin’s student-run organic garden appropriately entitled Project Sprout (which continues supplying his school cafeteria and local food bank with fresh vegetables) to 14-year-old William Kamkwamba’s DIY windmill using nothing more than the assistance of a book (which resulted in his small African village enjoying electricity for the first time), Our Earth shows the younger generation that they can most certainly pave the way to a greener future.

Energy Bears Coloring and Activity Book (click to download)

Agre Range: 6 to 12 years

Cleaning up Litter – Help the Environment

This series introduces very young children to the concept of caring for the environment in an attractive and accessible way. Based on children’s real-life experiences, the books focus on things children can do to help the environment and keep the world around us clean. In this book, children learn what litter is, how it can harm the environment, and what they can do to help clean up litter.

Recycling (by Joan Kalbacken and Emilie U. Lepthien)

Shows different things that we use in our daily life and how much time it takes for each of them to decompose and how the recycling industry comes up with some thing new.

Reusing and Recycling

This title introduces young children to the concept of caring for our environment in an accessible, achievable, attractive and fun way. Ideas on how to conserve and nurture elements of the environment are included, and beautiful photography provides visual reinforcement of learning. Each title focuses on a different element of the environment, offering clear and comprehensive coverage of each topic.

Celebrate Earth Day

Everything you need to create a bulletin board and themed curriculum activities to go with it! The fold-out cover contains full-color punch-out pieces and the 16 page include patterns, clip art, activity pages, lessons and more! Included are borders, punch-outs, clip art, lettering, reproducible pages, curriculum activities, award and much more!Celebrate the many wonders of our planet as you observe Earth Day on April 22nd. As you talk about this attractive bulletin board and complete the activities on the pages that follow, your students will learn to appreciate the Earth. They will also learn the importance of recycling and picking up litter. Link up with students’ families in a parent letter, and practice math and language skills as you attempt to have a Happy Earth Day!http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Day-Bulletin-Board—Book/dp/1573103411/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334928723&sr=1-1

Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids

This lively and informative handbook explains the process of recycling from start to finish. The book focuses on 5 different types of rubbish – paper, glass, aluminium cans, plastic and polystyrene.

Arthur Turns Green (Arthur Adventure Series)

Arthur comes home from school and begins sneaking around the house, taking notes and talking about a Big Green Machine. D.W. is suspicious of her brother’s weird behavior, but when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, shereally gets the creeps! But it turns house Arthur is making a poster listing all the ways to save energy at home–and go green!

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