Earth Day Books the Whole Family Will Love

by Mindy Rhiger

 

Celebrate Earth Day and all that goes with it with these fun books!

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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!)

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.