by Mindy Rhiger
Celebrate Earth Day and all that goes with it with these fun books!
My Mama Earth: Watch the wonder experienced by a small child journeying through the world and taking in the many magnificent aspects of nature. This imaginative and lyrical picture book showcases the love between a mother and child, celebrating the ever-changing beauty of the natural world along the way.
Make a reusable cloth bag with Gabby and Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington. This brightly colored picture book follows Gabby and her Grandma as they have a green day by making their own cloth bags (instructions included), visiting the Farmer’s Market, and recycling. (See if you can spot the baby in a sling. You might miss it if you don’t look closely! So nice to see baby-wearing in a picture book!)
Plant a tree. Jerry Pallotta’s Who Will Plant a Tree? shows how trees are planted naturally by various animals. It finishes by saying that people can plant trees too. This Teacher’s Guide from Sleeping Bear Press has a few activities, but what would be better than to get out an plant a tree yourself? Of course, if you can’t plant a tree, you might try this Make a Recycling Tree activity from Education.com.
Turn trash into treasure. Use the book Half of an Elephant by Gusti as inspiration to create collages out of trash. This activity guide from Kane/Miller Publishers gives some more ideas for found art projects. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art offers this Trash to Treasure activity for preschoolers.
If you need more inspiration, try Get Out!: 150 Easy Ways for Kids & Grown-Ups to Get into Nature and Build a Greener Future by Judy Molland. It is filled with simple ideas that could have you building, collecting, or recycling this Earth Day. Here are a few sample tips from the book courtesy of the author’s web site. Or add to your Earth Day reading list with this bibliography from School Library Journal.