Thursday, April 06, 2006

Earth Day is April 22

Earth Day has become a global event and will continue to be a way to interest and educate the younger generation in helping protect our environment, even if only in small ways.

Our Big Home: An Earth Poem by Linda Glaser and illustrated by Elisa Kleven was recently featured again on Reading Rainbow. This PBS show summarizes the book as “This book reveals a much larger concept of home – the earth, where we all share the same water, air, sun, soil, sky and more". As I watched the program, I thought how great to have a book in poetry style that fits well with the activities of April. It works for April's National Poetry Month and Earth Day that is celebrated on the 22nd. There is also a
book review for Our Big Home from Generation Green Kids. And don’t forget while visiting Generation Green Kids to look over their earth and environment book listing for beginning and intermediate readers. They have a number of fun and fact filled books listed. Kidsreads.com also provides a number of book titles for all ages and a brief history of Earth Day.

If you are interested in some other websites for information or activities about Earth Day check out these:
EcoKids: Earth Day Canada includes activities along with recommended books
EPA Earth Day includes a list of juvenile books to check out at the library
US Gov’t Earth Day for Kids
Alexandria Earth Day for Kids

Take a minute and think about an example you have or can set for the children in your life to help better care for our earth.

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