March 22nd is Earth Day and there are some great books out there from picture books to middle grade chapter books. Today I’m featuring some great picture books from a classic to some fun new books sure to join the classic go to books for teachers and parents to read on Earth Day.
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
This has to be one of my favorite Dr Seuss books. I think he was ahead of his time with his environmental issues within the text of his books. The Lorax is and engaging and captivating book that will hold the interest of the youngest listener.
summary: Before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss warned against the dangers of not treating the environment with care and respect in his story, The Lorax. With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale have educated a new generation of young readers about the importance of not only seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.
Tree A Peek Through Picture book by Britta Teckentrup
This picture book is a fun, seasonal book. The peek through owl will be fun for the youngest listeners as well as all the great critters that show up through out the tree as the story continues. The illustrations are bold, colorful and very pretty. The simple words that take the best of each season as the reader or listener goes on the journey makes it fun as a read aloud. Tree A Peek Through Picture Book goes through the season and talks about how the cycle begins again. This is sure to become a favorite with all ages.
summary: A peek-through picture book with elaborate die-cuts on each page showing a tree and its many inhabitants throughout the four seasons. Through a hole in the book’s cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons.
How to Grow A Friend by Sara Gillingham
This book has such pretty bold, colorful, simple illustrations. The story has simple words and short sentences that make this picture book great for the youngest listener to the beginning reader. This story is simply the sweetest story that talks about growing a friendship by planting a seed in good soil. Gardening is the theme throughout and while the book is mainly about friendship is good for Earth Day also. The author talks about gardening and the connection we have to the Earth.
summary: Tend your friendships…and watch them grow! This lovely metaphor teaches valuable lessons in how to treat others and make friendships blossom! Making a friend takes patience, care, and room to bloom–just like a flower. Soon your little gardener will have his or her very own green thumb in this most important of life skills.
We Planted A Tree by Diane Muldrow; illustrated by Bob Staake
This book is really great at showing kids about how 1 tree really can make a difference where ever you live. I like how it shows places all over the world and how tree’s help each and every person and animal not just the planter. We Planted A Tree would be a fun book to read and maybe even plant a tree of your own on Earth Day and watch it grow. The story is poem like format. The illustrations are some what cartoon like and look like paint and pencil are involved. I like the pictures and think they are eye catching for kids as well.
summary: A modern-day “green” classic illustrated by Bob Staake — now in paperback! In this simple poem illustrated by award winner Bob Staake, two young families in two very different parts of the world plant a tree. As the trees flourish, so do the families . . . while trees all over the world help clean the air, enrich the soil, and give fruit and shade.
thank you Random House Kids for sending me the books for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free books.