Ever wondered what would make a great ‘green’ read? Well here’s a list – the books marked with an * are already in our school library…the others you might like to purchase and give to the library as a gift? Just a thought!! Also we’d love to hear your suggestions. What green books are lurking on your bookshelves?
And Still the Turtle Watched
Barry Moser (Illustrator)
The turtle carved in rock on a bluff over a river by Indians long ago watches with sadness the changes man brings over the years. If you live in or visit New York City, you can see the turtle at the Watson Building of the New York Botanical Garden.
A Pig’s Tale
Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
“Protect our dear earth. Don’t throw it away. You, too, could make magic from garbage someday.” Ziggy, a pig, and his pop, Iggy, live in a house that is filled to the rafters with all kinds of discarded items that Iggy has collected and saved. The piglets at school tease Ziggy that he lives in a dump. But jeers quickly turn into cheers when Ziggy’s pop transforms all the junk into a wondrous creation. Perfect for every young recycler.
The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute (Anymore)
Jan Berenstain (Contributor)
The bears in Bear County grow concerned about how pollution and waste of natural resources are damaging the world around them, so they form The Earthsavers Club.
Describes what happens in a compost pile and how creatures, from bacteria and mites to millipedes and earthworms, aid in the process of turning compost into humus through the stunning photos from this former National Geographic photographer. This book proves that nature’s wonderful diversity can also be found and encouraged in any backyard.
The Day the Trash Came Out to Play
David M. Beadle
Laurie A. Faust (Illustrator)
Robin’s careless disposal of a candy wrapper creates a litter problem that teaches him about taking care of his neighborhood.
*Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale
Retold and Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Presents the life of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed describing his love of nature, kindness to animals, and his physical fortune.
*Just A Dream
Chris Van Allsburg
When he has a dream about a future Earth devastated by pollution, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment.
“UNLESS someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.” Long before saving the Earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the planet’s natural beauty. In this cautionary tale of greed and environmental destruction, the lovable Lorax tries to save the Truffula Forest and its inhabitants from disaster at the hands of the cantankerous Once-ler. The Lorax is perfect for Arbor Day, Earth Day, and every day!
The Old Red Rocking Chair
John Sandford (Illustrator)
In an amusing circular tale, a discarded chair serves four other people well before returning, unrecognized, to its first owner. perfect story of reuse!
New York: Arcade Publishing, 1990
Two children playing on the beach discover a tidal pool that they try to recreate in a pail. They find that when they are through the only thing remaining in the pool is an oil slick with two feathers floating on it.
*The Salamander Room
Steve Johnson (Illustrator)
Brian finds a salamander and takes him home. “Where will he sleep?” asks his mother. Her inquiries are answered with imaginative solutions that will be familiar to all those who have tried to convince a parent to let them have a pet. Brian’s cozy bedroom is gradually transformed into a dark green forest that overflows the pages as the fantasy becomes more elaborate. Perfect tale of the habitat needed to sustain every living thing!
The Water Hole
As ever-growing numbers of animals visit a watering hole, introducing the numbers from one to ten, the water dwindles.