Friday, April 20, 2007

Earth Day Picture Books

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd, so I thought I would post a small list of environmental picture books.
This list is by no means complete.
Do you have a favorite environmental picture book? Tell us about it in the comments area!

BIG MAMA MAKES THE WORLD by Phyllis Root
When Big Momma makes the world, she doesn't mess around. With a baby on her hip and laundry piling up, she demands light and dark, earth and sky, creepers and crawlers, and lots of folks to trade stories with on the front porch.

THE LORAX by Dr. Seuss.
My favorite Dr. Seuss book.
I love how the colors of the illustrations become dim and brooding as the situation gets more serious.

THE EARTH AND I by Frank Asch.
A boy thinks about the many ways he and the planet benefit and enjoy each other.

MISS RUMPHIUS by Barbara Cooney.
To make the world a more beutiful place, Miss Rumphius begins by sowing flowers all over the countryside.

THE SALAMANDER ROOM by Ann Mazer.
A young boy finds an orange salamander and gradually imagines his room into a perfect home for it.

THE GIFT OF THE TREE by Alvin Tresselt.
An oak tree lives and dies in the forest, providing food, shelter, and safety for the animals and life all around.

WELCOME TO THE GREEN HOUSE by Jane Yolen.
A tropical rain forest brims with bright colors and sounds as hummingbirds and ocelots, fig trees and orchids grow and thrive.

PLANTZILLA by Jerdine Nolen.
Third-grader Mortimer Henryson has successfully petitioned his parents and his science teacher, Mr. Lester, to allow him to bring the class plant, Plantcilia (nicknamed "Plantzilla" by the students), home over summer vacation.

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