Green reads


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

Sheila MadGill-Callahan
Barry Moser (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0803709315

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

Olivia Newton-John
Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0671787780

“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)

Stan Berenstain
Jan Berenstain (Contributor)
ISBN: 0679823514

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.

Compost Critters

Bianca Lavies
ISBN: 0525447636

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)
ISBN: 0-9727855-0-7

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
ISBN: 0-688-06417-5

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
ISBN: 0-395-53308-2

When he has a dream about a future Earth devastated by pollution, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment.

*The Lorax

Dr. Seuss
ISBN: 0394823370

“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

Phyllis Root,
John Sandford (Illustrator)
ASIN: 1559700637

In an amusing circular tale, a discarded chair serves four other people well before returning, unrecognized, to its first owner. perfect story of reuse!

One World

Michael Forman
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

Anne Mazer
Steve Johnson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0394929454

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

Graeme Base
ISBN: 0-8109-4568-1

As ever-growing numbers of animals visit a watering hole, introducing the numbers from one to ten, the water dwindles.


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4 Responses to Green reads

  1. Cora says:

    This makes me want to go out and get all these books. Thanks!

  2. Jasmine says:

    Do we need any help purchasing these books for the library?

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