One of the best ways to participate in EE Week is to incorporate environmentally-themed reading into classroom lessons and activities. Check out the list below to find some good reads for your students. Also see our list of EE Week suggested reading for educators.
All the Way to the Ocean
ISBN # 978-0971425415
All the Way to the Ocean teaches children how they can participate in keeping our oceans clean.
Animal Poems of the Iguazú/Animalario del Iguazú
Francisco X. Alarcón
ISBN # 978-0-89239-225-4
Award-winning Chicano poet Francisco X. Alarcón and celebrated artist Maya Christina Gonzalez address wildlife and habitat preservation with a bilingual environmental poetry collection about one of the wonders of the natural world-the Iguazú rainforest of South America.
The Armadillo from Amarillo
When an armadillo named Sasparillo wants to know where on earth he is, he leaves his home in San Antonio and travels north through the canyons and prairies of Texas. In Amarillo he meets an eagle and, with her help, finds the answer to his question-as well as lots of adventures.
Attracting Birds, Butterflies & Backyard Wildlife
David Mizejewski and Glee Bare
In this handsome book, Mizejewski, manager of the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program, offers a short guide to creating gardens and yards that promote ecological balance and provide natural habitats for a wide variety of wildlife, birds, butterflies, toads, snakes, bats, bees and necessary predators such as spiders, beetles, owls and hawks.
Bag in the Wind
ISBN # 978-0763630010
Kooser's circular story follows a plastic bag as it travels a chain of happenstance from landfill, to tree, to stream and among various citizens of a nearby town, including a young girl, a homeless man and a shopkeeper.
The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore)
Stan & Jan Berenstain
ISBN # 978-0679823513
When careless citizens pose a threat to Bear Country's environment, Brother and Sister Bear form the Earthsavers Club. Their spirited ecological efforts deliver a timely message about the urgent need to mend our polluting and wasteful ways.
The Blues Go Birding Across America
Carol L. Malnor and Sandy F. Fuller
An introduction to the world of birds and natural history for kindergarten through fourth graders. The Blues Go Birding Across America follows five bluebird siblings on a bird watching journey across America. The Blues humorously observe an albatross in Hawaii, ring-billed gulls in San Francisco Bay and a spoonbill in Okefenokee Swamp
Backyard Birds (Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists)
Karen Stray Nolting, Jonathan Latimer
ISBN #: 978-0395922767
Backyard Birds is a wonderful handbook for the novice birder. Whether your young bird-watcher is a curious casual observer or a more systematic collector of sightings, he or she will find this guide informative and easy to follow.
Camp Out! The Ultimate Kid’s Guide
Whether you're planning an over night in the backyard or a weekend in the wilderness, this book is packed with stuff to know. The basics, from gearing up to choosing a site to building a tarp tent. Tasty outdoor recipes: Solar Oven Pizza, Chow Down Chili and s' more's of course—with 8 variations. Plus: how to keep a Field Journal, exploring the nighttime sky, creepy campfire stories, and when it's time to go home, leaving no trace. It's everything you need to pick up and head for the hills.
A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations—and How You Can Find Them in the Sky
Children eight and up will enjoy this conversational but information-packed introduction to astronomy and stargazing, which includes the achievements of the great scientists, the history of space exploration, the story of our solar system, the myths behind the constellations, and how to navigate the night sky.
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