Add these titles to the other great books in last year’s Earth Day post.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977
The Cloud Spinner. Michael Catchpool. Knopf, 2012.
Use only what you need is the message in this cautionary tale of a boy with a talent for spinning clouds into fabulous glimmering fabric. When the King discovers his talent, he commands the boy to create extravagant clothes for the entire royal family at great cost to the Earth. Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-5th grade
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth. Mary McKenna Siddals. Tricycle Press, 2010.
A rhyming alphabet recipe for compost illustrated with multicultural collages. Author’s Compost note explains why some unusual things, like laundry lint, make good compost. Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-4th grade
Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green. Eileen Spinelli. Albert Whitman, 2009.
Miss Fox gets her class interested in “going green” when they learn she is riding her bike to school. They decide to help the earth by using cloth bags, turning off lights, taking shorter showers. A good discussion starter. Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade
The Green Mother Goose : Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time. Jan Peck & David Davis. Sterling, 2011.
Thirty Mother Goose rhymes have been reworked to encourage eco-friendly habits. There are some great reminders of small things we can do to make the earth a better place. Recycling, organic gardening, conservation are all touched upon. Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-6th grade
In the Garden with Dr. Carver. Susan Grigsby. Albert Whitman, 2010.
This is a fictionalized account of how George Washington Carver, known as the “Plant Doctor”, taught children in an Alabama school and their parents how to grow plants successfully without depleting the soil of nutrients. Born as a slave, he was dedicated to helping farmers in the south improve their lives. Inspiring. Children will want to know more about this man who was ahead of his time. Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade