Mom is always after you to clean your room.
She always wants you to make your home a better place, starting there. Sometimes you wonder why and it’s probably because a clean room makes everything better. In a way, you’re also safer when you live in a clean environment, and that goes for the greatest house of all: Earth. It’s true, so why not read up on our planet and learn what you can do to keep it clean and healthy?
Would you like to be someone the Earth can rely on, in a pinch? In “Earth Friend Forever” by Molly Bloom, Marc Sanchez and Sanden Toten, illustrated by Mike Orodan (Little, Brown, $17.99), the creators of the science podcast “Brains On!” will show you how to be the buddy the planet needs most.
Like any good friendship, there are give and take when you’re friends with Earth. You pick up the trash, the planet gives you the ingredients for the pizza. Nice trade, huh? Yeah, but now there’s an emergency and it’s serious business. With this cute book, kids ages 4-7 will learn to be good stewards of the Earth, and they’ll be inspired to take action in ways that even the youngest child can do.
Also from the creators of Brains On! is “Road Trip Earth” by Molly Bloom, Marc Sanchez and Sanden Totten (Little, Brown $18.99).
Part adventure, part science, this book takes young readers around and within the planet, in small segments that teach them about the environment, but also touch on geology and geography. , as well as climatology and the chemistry of light. But don’t think for a moment that this book is stuffy or inaccessible.
Imagine, for example, a confrontation between two famous large bodies of water. Who would win? Learn, for example, what lives under your feet. Visit a cave, visit the desert, discover “weird” creatures that live in strange places, learn about snow and rocks, then take a trip to space and see what’s up there. For science-loving kids ages 9 to 14 or young environmentalists looking for a literary adventure, this book might be irresistible.
However, young environmental warriors can be serious about their work, and if your child is someone who is laser-focused on the environment, you’ll want “Be the Change: Rob Greenfield’s Call to Kids – Making a Difference in a Messed-Up World”. by Rob Greenfield and Antonia Banyard (Greystone Kids, $18.95).
Filled with jaw-dropping imagery; actual statistics; solid adult-grade information; and ideas for being green, this book is perfect for kids ages 10 and up, especially if they want to make their life and your home as zero waste as possible. See it on shelves April 19.
If your child wants more information, or if these books aren’t quite what you’re looking for, be sure to ask your favorite librarian or bookseller for help. They can instantly get their hands on books that will help your child make the world a better place.