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Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books to Celebrate Earth Day

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Earth Day activities are underway in many schools, leading up to Earth Day this Saturday.  What better way to celebrate Earth Day but to share Earth books with your students!  While there are MANY to chose from, these are ten of my old and new favorites…

1. The Earth Book – Todd Parr

With his signature colourful, playful illustrations and gentle message, Todd Parr gives readers tips and encouragement to “Go Green”.    (The hardcover book is on sale at Amazon this week for $10.79!)

2. Earth Dance – Joanne Ryder

I have loved using this book over the years as an anchor book for personification.  The book is written in first person and you, the reader, are planet earth travelling on a global journey through forests, oceans, deserts and mountains. Lovely message of taking care of the earth.  Poetic language and an excellent book to use for visualizing.

3. The Earth and I — Frank Asch

This story celebrates friendship that one child has with the Earth. It is beautiful and simple with an important message to appreciate our planet Earth by keeping it clean.  Vibrant, simple watercolor illustrations.

4. Earth Day: An Alphabet Book – Gary Kowalski

I love how this book focuses on gratitude for the wonders of nature – from apricots, to groundhogs, to june bugs, to zebras.  Gorgeous language and great triple scoop words!

5. Step Gently Out – Helen Frost

Stunning photography and gorgeous poetic language, encouraging us to stop, notice and wonder.  A wonderful book to read aloud to your class and then go on an Earth Day “wonder walk”.

6. 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World – Melanie Walsh

One of my very favorite Earth Day books, this simple text and engaging “lift the flat” format makes it an excellent read-aloud.  Filled with simple tips with a “small things make a big difference” message, this book will inspire your students to create their own instructional books to help the world!

7. The Lonely Giant Sophie Ambrose

Wow! Wow! Wow!  This brand new picture book is the PERFECT choice for Earth Day!  So much to love about this story about a giant who, thoughtlessly, destroys the forest he lives in just for the fun of it.  He slowly realizes that the forest was home to the animals and begins to feel lonely without them.  A great book to teach consequences of actions and taking care of the earth.  Great discussion starter!   Love!

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8. Robins: How They Grow Up – Eileen Christelow

Two young robin siblings explain how robins live, build nests, lay eggs, and protect their baby birds.  Cheerful and whimsical.  (Be warned that one of the robin babies dies)

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9. Watersong – Tim McCanna

Another new release, this gorgeous book is a perfect anchor for teaching onomatopoeia. This book takes the reader on a dazzling journey as a fox seeks shelter from a rainstorm.  Gorgeous sound words makes this a perfect read-aloud.

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10. Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth – Mary McKenna Siddals

A light-hearted introduction to composting.  The brightly patterned collage artwork features multicultural kids working together for a common goal.   Important information for kids (and parents) about creating your own compost.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite new books and series for early readers

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Several teachers have asked me recently for recommendations of books for emerging readers in grades K-2.  After a few visits to book stores, I have discovered a few new series I believe fit the bill!  These books are all written in short chapters, easy to read text, and colorful, explanatory pictures.  Hope there are a few books here that you can add to your classroom and library collections.

Charlie & Mouse by [Snyder, Laurel]

  1. Charlie and Mouse – Laurel Snyder

Two lively, inventive brothers, four hilarious stories!  Lots of fun and imagination!

2. Barkus – Patricia MacLachlan

Beloved children’s author’s new series (out in June) about a spunky girl named Nicky and an adorable dog, Barkus, who she receives from her uncle.  Humourous and energetic.

3. Bradford Street Buddies – Jardine Nolan

Wonderful realistic series set in a multi-cultural neighbourhood with a focus on family and friends.  I love the diversity of the characters.  Each book includes four chapters.

Stinky Spike the Pirate Dog by [Meisel, Peter]
4. Stinky Spike the Pirate Dog – Peter Meisel

For those looking for a little adventure, here is a delightful series that includes dogs, pirates, stinky smells, and treasure!  What more could you want?

5. Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl – Jessie Haas

Especially for horse lovers  –  this is the story of a devoted girl Maggie and her wonderful horse friend, Bramble.  I especially love the colored illustrations.

6. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea – Ben Clanton

Simple text in a graphic novel format make this a wonderful early reader choice.  Three entertaining episodes about the friendship between Narwhal and Jelly.  I like how we learn some interesting facts about narwhals and jelly fish along the way.  Simple line drawings that will inspire young artists!

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7. Owl Diaries – Rebecca Elliott

I loved the colorful bright illustrations and the simple text.  Each book in the series gently teaches lessons such as time management, conflict resolution, delegating others to help get the job done.

9. Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same! – Grace Lin

I love Grace Lin’s books but had not seen this early reader series until now.  Adorable series about twin sisters who may look alike but are different in many ways.  I love how the book has six very short chapters, the colorful illustrations and the dumpling story!

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10. The Bad Guys – Episode 1 – Aaron Blabey

Simple text, clear, explanatory pictures makes this a perfect choice for emergent readers. It is hysterical, a little “off” and includes lots of sharp teeth, a few farts, and a car powered by undiluted panther pee!  Captain Underpants fans will love this series!

            Thanks for stopping by!  Which book or books have caught your eye?

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