Earth Day 2017
“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” ~Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Nelson, a popular political figure from Wisconsin, is the founder of Earth Day. He had the foresight to understand the need to protect our environment. On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans gathered to raise awareness about our environmental problems and demand that our elected officials see the necessity to do something about it.
This Saturday, April 22nd, we continue to celebrate Earth Day. The theme of this year’s event is Environmental and Climate Literacy.
Below are selected picture books to share with young readers to help them become more knowledgeable about our environment and to encourage them to take care of our earth’s precious gifts.
Tidy written and illustrated by Emily Gravett, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Watersong written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Richard Smythe, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
The Lonely Giant written and illustrated by Sophie Ambrose, Candlewick Press
Over and Under the Pond written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, Chronicle Books
One Plastic Bag: IsatouCeesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, Millbrook Press
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter, Harcourt Children’s Books
What Does It Mean To Be Green? written by Rana DiOrio and illustrated by Chris Blair, March 4th Inc
The Curious Garden written and illustrated by Peter Brown, Little, Brown Young Readers
The Lorax written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, Random House Children’s Books
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth written by Mary McKenna Siddals and illustrated by Ashley Wolff, Tricycle Press