My Kindergarten students contributed their thoughts on these books. Please read my quick synopsis and their review or take away. All names changed to protect the innocent.
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
Perfect for preschoolers through First grade. Simple and fun, but gives environmentalism a fresh feel.
Alex: It teaches you to reuse paper. Arnold: It reminds you to recycle and save a little food. Cara: It makes you learn to clean up the whole earth.
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs-Martin
The real life account of a professional basketball player building a community garden in an abandoned city lot. An incredible story. Great for 2-5, but my Kindergarteners were enthralled.
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Ben: “You can read it so other kids know to eat vegetables, vegetables, not just fruit. Vegetables make your poop come out.”
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We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow
I love this book, the text is simple and beautiful. The pictures follow two families on different continents plant a tree. It comes full circle in the end to show how their family grew as well as the tree. My students were enchanted by it.
Trevor: “You will become a fan of plants trees, and that is good.”
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Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
A non-fiction book in story form, it tells the story of Wangari Maathai, the first African American woman and environmentalist to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Nicholas: “I knew this was true because there were plants and no monsters. The guys that planted the coffee were bad because they just wanted the money for themselves, not the experience of the adventure.”
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Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do you know me? by Anne Rockwell
Simple, repetitive, with a nice beat for preschoolers. It is a guessing game book, so you can make extensions or tie it in with a plant unit easily. Great for early childhood to Kindergarten.l Lesson plans to go with it can be found online.
My students simply say: “You learn about flowers, that is nice.”
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These Bees Count! by Alison Formento
What a wonderful book to show children how bee-keeping works. Part counting book and part informational narrative, it is great to show children bees are not to be feared, but cared for. Lesson plans to go with it can be found in a google search.
One student said: “If you don’t like bees then you can see the experience of the bees. It helps you learn about them.”
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Miss Rumphius by Barbar Cooney
Positively Timeless, it is perfect for young children to help them think about how they can help the world, and perfect for older elementary for the same reason. A good book to read out loud every Earth Day.
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Honey a Gift From Nature: by Yumiko Fujiwara
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Composting: Nature’s Recyclers by Robin Kootz
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