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Earth Day 2014

barraclough_be an eco hero at homeBarraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero at Home
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea

Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero at School
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea

Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero on the Move
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea

Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero Outdoors
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea

Be an Eco Hero series. These titles give young readers concrete eco tips beyond “turn out lights” that will help them understand the relationship between their actions and the environment — for example, how using energy, water, and cars affects pollution. Cartoony superheroes and plenty of color photos of children engaged in earth-friendly activities such as recycling, carpooling, and monitoring bird populations illustrate the books. Websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment; Schools; Transportation; Energy; Environment—Ecology

crotta brennan_when rivers burnedCrotta Brennan, Linda When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story
Gr. 4–6, middle school
   80 pp. Apprentice Shop

Once, in America series. Illustrated by Lisa Greenleaf. Crotta Brennan’s earnest, if scattered, history of the creation of Earth Day situates the event in the environmental and political issues of twentieth-century America. Historical photographs of environmental conditions in industrial areas plus profiles of Gaylord Nelson, Denis Hayes, and other conservationists highlight the consequences of unregulated pollution and the belief that youth can change the world for the better. Timeline. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and conservation; Holidays—Earth Day; History, American; Environment

tree-ladyHopkins, H. Joseph The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
Gr. K–3   32 pp. Simon/Beach Lane

Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. Kate Sessions, the first woman to graduate from Berkeley with a science degree, was responsible for populating San Diego’s Balboa Park with lush, green trees, just in time for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915. Hopkins’s text succinctly captures the highlights of his subject’s life, and McElmurry’s gouache illustrations document the gradually changing landscape from barren desert to verdant garden.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Women—Biographies; San Diego (CA); Trees; Sessions, Kate

mason_planet arkMason, Adrienne Planet Ark: Preserving Earth’s Biodiversity
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. Kids Can

Illustrated by Margo Thompson. Citizen Kid series. After defining biodiversity, this thorough text examines related components that are threatening it, such as species interconnectedness, habitat destruction, and global warming. Pleasing acrylic-on-canvas art illustrates the book, though the young format is somewhat at odds with the dense upper-elementary text. Sections highlighting environmental organizations and how kids can help are appended. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Natural History; Environment—Ecology; Biodiversity; Environment—Conservation; Nature

mulder_brilliantMulder, Michelle Brilliant!: Shining a Light on Sustainable Energy
Gr. 4–6
   48 pp. Orca 2013
Trade ISBN 978-1-4598-0221-6

Orca Footprints series. Divided into four chapters, this book covers topics such as the drawbacks of fossil fuels; renewable energy sources (e.g., wind and solar); and newer ideas for fuel, including algae, fungus, and human waste. Plenty of well-captioned photos, from a Dutch windmill to a dog-poop “digester” that powers lights at an urban park, illustrate the accessible text. Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Pollution and conservation; Environment—Conservation—Natural Resources; Energy; Fossil fuels

From the March 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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