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Earth Day 2016

earth day_baillie_how to save a speciesBaillie, Marilyn, Jonathan Baillie, and Ellen Butcher How to Save a Species
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Owlkids

Featuring fifteen animals and two plants, this book offers succinct information on the habitat, numbers remaining (there are only four Red River giant softshell turtles left!), and action needed to save each endangered species. Clear color photographs of the species and scientists, a map, and a list of the one hundred most threatened species round out this worthy introduction to conservation. Websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment—Endangered species; Environment—Conservation—Wildlife

earth day_derubertis_let's celebrate earth daydeRubertis, Barbara Let’s Celebrate Earth Day
Gr. K–3     32 pp.    Kane Press

Holidays & Heroes series. Designed to encourage kids to protect and honor their environment, this simply written book briefly recounts the history of Earth Day, touching on customary celebrations as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and important laws. Suggestions are given for ways children can participate in conservation and environmental issues. Color photographs add interest to the slightly didactic text.
Subjects: Customs and Holidays; Holidays—Earth Day; Environment

earth day_hand_climate changeHand, Carol Climate Change: Our Warming Earth
Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library

History of Science series. This book traces the history of its field, examining the ideas about earth processes that built over time to produce current theories within earth science, and ending with contemporary challenges and predictions for the future. The sophisticated concepts are illustrated with diagrams, photographs, and sidebars that add case detail and profile key scientific contributors. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Earth Science; Climate change; Environment—Greenhouse effect; Weather

earth day_kallen_running dryKallen, Stuart A. Running Dry: The Global Water Crisis
Middle school, high school     64 pp.    Twenty-First Century

Kallen discusses growing human demand for clean water and how things such as development, large-scale farming, and global warming affect both the water cycle and supply. Local solutions such as rainwater catchment systems and pipe maintenance are also examined. The book’s in-depth analysis and eye-opening stats are illustrated with stock photographs, often of recent water-crisis events. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Water; Environment—Conservation—Natural resources

earth day_mulder_trash talkMulder, Michelle Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.    Orca

Orca Footprints series. Four chapters study garbage, looking at how waste and methods of “removal” have changed and how to reduce waste in general. Mulder shares innovative ideas to make use of trash, such as a Paraguayan music teacher constructing his students’ instruments from found objects. Well-captioned photos, including some of the author’s family, illustrate and personalize the accessible text. Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment—Refuse and refuse disposal; Environment—Recycling

From the March 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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