This month’s Kid Lit column is all about books that teach children the importance of taking care of the environment and learning how their actions directly impact the planet. These are books that teach kids the basics about the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.
Join Mickey and friends in living greener! This book explains how to create a more sustainable lifestyle in a simple, understandable way by exploring how to reduce, reuse and recycle – and discussing our ecological footprint. It includes interesting facts and great tips and even features fun activities for families to try at home.
The craft activities show children how to be artistic using items found in nature or by reusing items, to reduce the impact on the planet. For example, instead of going to the store to buy paint, you can make your own watercolors by boiling plants, vegetable skins and nuts in water to release their natural dyes.
I like that the book also emphasizes making better food choices to reduce our ecological footprint – by offering easy tips on planting container gardens, composting and the benefits of locally grown ingredients.
Like most dogs, Pierre, a French bulldog, loves the excitement of digging things up. He hoards his treasures in a hole in the backyard and then makes space for more.
One day Pierre tosses some old stuff into the trash can, but he forgets to recycle. Now, instead of being transformed into new things, the plastic bottle and newspaper will sit in a landfill forever! Well, not if Pierre has anything to do with it. He chases the garbage truck through town, but will he catch it in time, or will those treasures be trash forever?
This is a quirky and fun lesson about the importance of recycling. Bethany Straker’s expressive illustrations make this adorable pup come to life on every page and are sure to get kids thinking about the importance of saving the environment one small piece of trash at a time.
The suggested age range for this book is from 3 – 6 years old.
With a glow-in-the-dark cover and zany art, this is a book about “garbage” that transforms and mutates into a grotesque, greedy monster devouring everything in its path, Frankenstink is sure to be a hit with any kid who do not like to clean up. Is the monster who feeds on “a mountainous salad of plastic and goo, fast-food leftovers and Styrofoam stew,” real, a dream, or a warning of what is to come if we don’t compost and recycle? The story is complemented nicely with playful illustrations in a comic-book style.
The suggested age range for this book is 4 – 8 years old.
Now it’s your turn to share. How do you teach your kids about preserving the environment?
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