Celebrate Earth Day on Thursday

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ─ John Muir

Get your fingernails dirty. Dig into Mother Earth and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22nd. Plant a tree. Plant a flower. Say hello to a wiggly worm. Recycle. Pick up litter. Take a nature walk. Smile at the sun. Catch a raindrop. Enjoy a good read about the earth. 

Below are two of my favorite books that I like to share with my students on Earth Day.

 

Dear Children of the Earth by Schim Schimmel is a beautiful book about protecting our environment. The earth appears in the background of each original acrylic painting done by the author. The text accompanying the illustrations is in the form of a letter written to children from Mother Earth, advising them to protect our natural world. It’s a perfect message for all of us as we celebrate Earth Day.  

Another book with an important environmental message is Someday a Tree by Eve Bunting. A beloved oak tree, growing near a highway on a family farm begins to die. When they discover the tree was poisoned by something that was dumped near it, the community rallies to save it. When all fails and the tree dies, sadness turns to hope when little Alice plants an acorn she saved from the tree. The soft watercolor paintings done by Ronald Himler add to the emotional mood of the story.

More books to celebrate Earth Day: The Earth Book  by Todd Parr (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, March 2010), Farewell to Shady Glade by Bill Peet (Sandpiper, 1991), The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Joanna Cole (Scholastic Press, March 2010)

Coming soon:  Who Will Plant a Tree? by Jerry Pallotta (Sleeping Bear Press, May 1, 2010)

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