Earth Day

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Try one of these!

PICTURE BOOKS

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Alexander, Sue. Behold the Trees. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2001.
A land once protected by all sorts of wonderful trees is reduced over time by war and environmental neglect to desert, until new inhabitants plant trees and slowly make Israel bloom again. – CIP  Includes a timeline from 5000 BCE to 1948 CE. [Israel; Trees]

Bang, Molly and Penny Chisholm. Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life. The Blue Sky Press, 2009.

Bang, Molly and Penny Chisholm. Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth. New York: The Blue Sky Press, 2017. 
Another beautiful and informative picture book in The Sunlight Series. Highly recommended for children and adults, not only to borrow from a library but to buy and keep forever.

The Elders are Watching

Bouchard, David. The Elders are Watching. Raincoast Books, 1997.

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Carle, Eric. The Tiny Seed. New York: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 1987.

The Great Kapok Tree

Cherry, Lynne. The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.

The Grandad Tree

Cooke, Trish. The Grandad Tree. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2000.
” The changing nature of their apple tree, as it grows and goes through the seasons, reminds Leigh and Vin of their grandfather, who is gone but lives on in their memories.” – CIP. [Death; Grandfathers; Trees]

Miss Rumphius

Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius. Viking Press, 1982.

A Grand Old Tree

DePalma, Mary Newell. A Grand Old Tree. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2005.

Fan, Terry and Eric Fan. The Night Gardener. New York: Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
What a magnificent picture book! William, a lonely boy, creeps out at night to discover the stranger who prunes the trees into amazing creatures. The simple text in a suitably-sized font accompanies the intricate illustrations that subtly help tell the story. Highly recommended as a story to read and read again. And talk about: How does beauty change people? How does creating beauty change people? How does imagination save us? Wonderful for all ages. [Gardeners; Imagination; Loneliness; Topiary]

Jackson, Ellen B. Earth Mother. Walker, 2005.

Gone Wild

Mclimans, David. Gone Wild: An Endangered Animals Alphabet. New York : Bloomsbury Juvenile, 2006.

How the Ladies

McMillan, Bruce. How the Ladies Stopped the Wind. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
“The women of one village in Iceland decide to plant trees to stop the powerful winds that make it difficult even to go for a walk, but first they must find a ways to prevent sheep from eating all of their saplings, while encouraging chickens to fertilize them.” – CIP..

The Family Tree

McPhail, David. The Family Tree. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2012.

We Planted a Tree

Muldrow, Diane. We Planted a Tree. Golden Books, 2010.

Peet, Bill. Farewell to Shady Glade. Houghton Mifflin, 1966.

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Peet, Bill. The Wump World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970.

Picture a Tree

Reid, Barbara. Picture a Tree. Toronto: North Winds Press, 2011.

Brother Eagle

Seattle, Chief. Brother Eagle, Sister Sky. Dial, 1991.

 The Lorax

Seuss, Dr. The Lorax. Random House, 1971.

Seuss, Dr. The Wump World. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1970.

The Man who Lived

Shelby, Anne and Cor Hazelaar. The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009.
” Carpenter Harlan Burch, who builds everything from cradle to casket, plants two trees for every one he cuts down, and when he is very old his sap begins to rise, he grows young again, and starts a family that still lives all over the mountains.” A humorous tall tale to read aloud. Recommended for ages 6 and up. [Carpenters; Humorous stories; Moving (Household); Trees]

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Shore, Diane Z. and Jessica Alexander. This is the Earth Harper, 2016.

Written in the style of the nursery rhyme This is the House the Jack Built, this picture book  “shows the ways in which humans have affected the environment, ways in which humans can care for the planet, and how every action taken has an impact on the Earth”. – CIP.

Solomon's TreeSilverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree. HarperCollins, 1964.

Spalding, Andrea. Solomon’s Tree. Victoria, B.C.: Orca 2002.

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Stiegemeyer, Julie. Under the Baobab Tree. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zonderkidz, 2012.
Moyo and his sister Japers hurry to the baobab tree in their African village, wondering whether they will find peddlers, conversation among the elders, storytellers, or perhaps something new. – CIP [Africa; Baobab; Brothers and sisters; Faith; Trees; Villages]

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Van Allsburg, Chris. Just a Dream. Boston Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

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Waldman, Neil. The Never-Ending Greenness. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1997.
When his family comes to live in Israel after the end of World War II, a young boy begins planting and caring for trees, a practice that spreads across the whole country. – CIP [Israel; Jews; Trees]

Williams, Karen Lynn. Circles of Hope. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2005.
Long ago, almost all the trees in Haiti were chopped down to use for lumber and firewood. This colourful picture book tells the story of a little boy who plants a tree in honour of his new baby sister. And soon more trees are being planted within stone circles to prevent the soil from washing away down the hillsides.  While the style and size of font do not complement the beautiful illustrations by Linda Saport, this is nevertheless an informative and inspiring story for children in grades one to three. [Brothers and sisters; Haiti; Tree planting]

BIOGRAPHIES

Ms. Rosen’s favourite biographies about tree-planters: HERE

Rachel Carson

Lantier, Patricia. Rachel Carson: Fighting Pesticides and Other Chemical Pollutants. St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2009.

Seed by Seed

Codell, Esme Raji. Seed by Seed: the Legend and Legacy of Johnny ‘Appleseed‘. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2012.

Al Gore

Anderson, Al. Al Gore: A Wake-up Call to Global Warming. St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2009.

The Tree Lady

Hopkins, H. Joseph. The Tree Lady: the True Story of How One Tree-loving Woman Changed a City Forever. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2013.

Mama MIta

Napoli, Donna Jo. Mama Miti. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010.
Wangari, whose childhood was filled with stories and trees, grew up to teach the women of her country to restore the beauty of Kenya by planting trees.

Planting the Trees

Nivoli, Claire A. Planting the Trees of Kenya: the Story of Wangari Maathai. New York: Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

Wangari's Trees

Winter, Jeanette. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 2008.

NONFICTION

Global Warming Max

Biskup, Agnieszka. Understanding Global Warming with Max Axiom, Super Scientist. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2008.

Consumption and Waste

Bledsoe, Karen I. Consumption and Waste. Logan, IA: Perfection Learning, 2004.

Habitat Destruction

Bledsoe, Karen I. Habitat Destruction. Logan, IA: Perfection Learning, 2004.


Silent Spring

Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002, c1990.

Getting to the Bottom of Global Warming

Collins, Terry. Getting to the Bottom of Global Warming: an Isabel Soto Investigation. Mankato, MN : Capstone, 2010.

Global Warming

Oxlade, Chris. Global Warming. Mankato, Minn. : Smart Apple Media, 2012.

Climate Change

Spilsbury, Richard. Climate Change. St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2011.

This is My Planet

Thornhill, Jan. This is My Planet: The Kids’ Guide to Global Warming Toronto, ON: Maple Tree Press, 2007.

Nowhere Else on Earth

Vernon,  Caitlyn.  Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest. Victoria, B.C.: Orca Book Publishers, 2011.

NOVELS

Restoring Harmony

Anthony, Joelle. Restoring Harmony. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2010.

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Cassidy, Sara. Slick. Victoria, BC : Orca, 2010.

Clarice Bean

Child, Lauren. What Planet Are You From, Clarice Bean? Candlewick Press, 2002.

Green Boy

Cooper, Susan. Green Boy. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002.

The Maze

Hobbs, Will. The Maze. New York: Avon, 1998.

Grk: Operation Tortoise

Doder, Joshua. Grk: Operation Tortoise. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009.

Hoot

Hiassen, Carl. Hoot. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004, c2002.

Rootless

Howard, Chris. Rootless. New York: Scholastic Press, 2012.
In a bleak future world, seventeen-year-old Banyan builds trees from salvaged scraps of metal. But then he meets a woman who sets him on a quest to find the last living trees. A convincing and compelling novel for readers 12-years-old and up. [Environmental degradation; Fathers and sons; Love stories; Science fiction; Trees; Voyages and travels]

Knight, Mary. Saving Wonder. New York: Scholastic Press, 2016.
Twelve-year-old Curley Hines lives in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. Most of his relatives have died, his father in a coal mining accident and his mother and younger brother in a mud slide caused by the mine. So now he lives with his grandfather who – every week – gives him a new word to learn: 26 letters x 2 = 52 weeks and 52 new words every year.
Right from the first sentence, this debut novel is full of the joy of life: love, hope, and determination. And the power of words! Which is exactly what Curley needs to use when the mine announces their plans to blow the top of Red Hawk Mountain. Coal is needed and a new mine manager is resolute in his decision to expand operations. Curley and his best friend Jules – with the help with her new boyfriend, the mine manager’s son –  get together to oppose the destruction of their beloved home.
Each chapter in the story emphasizes one of Curley’s words and ends with a definition. The humour in the format is delightful and never feels overbearing or didactic, probably because of Curley’s spunk and his grandfather’s loving wisdom. This novel is highly recommended for readers 10 to 14 years old. [Coal mines and mining; Environmentalism; Friendship; Grandfathers; Kentucky; Orphans] 

The Secret Under My Skin

McNaughton, Janet. The Secret Under My Skin. Toronto, ON: Harper Collins, 2000.

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Patterson, James. The Final Warning. New York: Little, Brown, 2008.

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Schrefer, Eliot. Endangered. New York: Scholastic Press, 2012.

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