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Pollution and conservation

Barker, David M.  E-Waste Middle school, high school 112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hand, Carol  Melting Arctic Ice Middle school, high school 112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Perdew, Laura  The California Drought Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Perdew, Laura  The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Middle school, high school     112 pp. ABDO/Essential Library Ecological Disasters […]

Earth Day 2018

This year’s observation of the annual Earth Day takes place on April 22. The campaign focus for Earth Day 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution.” The books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces (including plastic pollution), and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles […]

Earth Day 2017

Earth Day and the March for Science are tomorrow! The campaign focus for Earth Day 2017 is “Environmental and Climate Literacy.” In keeping with that theme, the books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces, and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for […]

Environmental activism

Drummond, Allan  Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future Gr. K–3    40 pp.     Farrar/Foster On May 4, 2007, a tornado leveled Greensburg, Kansas. The citizens who stayed decided to rebuild a community as environmentally sound as possible. Drummond creates a first-person narrator from a composite of experiences “meant […]

Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life app review

Released in honor of his ninetieth birthday, Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life (BBC Worldwide, November 2016; iOS and Android) spans his six-decade career as a naturalist and and the voice of the BBC’s wildlife programming. The app — which is, incredibly, free — contains over one thousand video clips from more than forty BBC […]

Natural resources at risk

Bang, Molly and Chisholm, Penny  Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth Gr. K–3, 4–6     48 pp.     Scholastic/Blue Sky Illustrated by Molly Bang. Bang and Chisholm explain the production and consumption of fossil fuels, along with the consequences of all that energy use: climate change. The sun serves as narrator describing the relationship […]

Happy World Elephant Day!

It’s the fifth annual World Elephant Day, a celebration begun “to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.” Visit the website to learn […]

The power of the image: photographs in biographies

Striking photographs in biographies can draw in, engage, and inform young readers on a deep level. In addition, they can serve as outstanding primary sources. Whether the photographs are current, colorful, high quality prints, or old, sepia, grainy shots, they reveal much about the subject, the setting, and the social/historical context. The two books below […]

Wildlife rescue

Antle, Bhagavan and Thea Feldman  The Tiger Cubs & the Chimp: The True Story of How Anjana the Chimp Helped Raise Two Baby Tigers Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Holt Photographs by Barry Bland. This book relates the story of Mitra and Shiva, two white tiger cubs raised in a wildlife preserve in South Carolina by […]

WWF Together app review

With Earth Day‘s 45th anniversary celebration yesterday, it seems a good time to review the World Wildlife Fund’s lovely awareness-raising app WWF Together (2013). The app introduces sixteen endangered species from around the world, each characterized with a quality emphasizing its uniqueness: e.g., panda (“charisma”), elephant (“intelligence”), marine turtle (“longevity”), tiger (“solitude”). Each animal receives […]