Monday, April 19, 2010

Read a Recycled Book

There are some great new releases in the book world out there for Earth Day this year! This past weekend with the Alluem Little Kids, we read a book from one of my new favorite collections - the Green Start Series from Innovative Kids. Their mission statement says it best: "The green start™ series is designed to help give kids an awareness of the natural world and an understanding of how we are interconnected with everything around us. By giving kids a green start, it will be that much easier for them to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into their everyday lives as they grow. This earth-friendly series is made from 98% post-consumer recycled materials and is printed with eco-friendly ink. Each hardcover book's simple, non-fiction content inspires children to love and respect the natural world, and the parent spread at the back of each book shows how easy it is to practice (and teach!) earth friendly habits right at home." Little Helpers is my favorite one from the series that I shared with the kids this weekend. It shares the little things that kids can do to help the Earth. They may be little, but they can make a big difference! My other favorite new read for Earth Day is Todd Parr's latest book - The Earth Book! Like "Little Helpers", this book also touches on ways kids can help the earth, the animals, each other, and our future. Turning off the water when we brush our teeth, so the fish will have plenty of water to swim in. Using both sides of the paper to save trees, so that the owls will have a place to live. Turning off the lights when we leave the room so that the snowmen stay cool. We learn a simple, but important overall lesson here - "If we love the earth, it will love us back". (And if you've never been to Todd's site - I recommend you visit for non-stop fun!)

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