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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Earth Day? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Earth Day.

 

 

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Earth Day Birthday
by Pattie Schnetzler (2004)
Here is a sing-along, read-along book that honors the animals, the environment, and a universal holiday all in one fresh approach. To the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," appreciate twelve endearing North American species in their natural habitats. Includes suggestions for Earth Day activities.


Earth Day--Hooray!
by Stuart J. Murphy (2004)
Earth Day is on the way, and Ryan, Luke, and Carly have a plan. If they manage to collect and recycle 5,000 aluminum cans, they can make enough money to buy some beautiful flowers for nearby Gilroy Park. Can they do it? Counting the cans gives Ryan, Luke, and Carly -- along with readers -- a lesson in place value. And facts about recycling throughout the story will help readers understand how important it is to take care of the earth. (MathStart 3)

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Where Does the Garbage Go?
by Paul Showers (1994)
Follow that garbage truck to the landfill to see how trash keeps piling up, then to the incinerator to see how trash can be turned into energy, then to the recycling center to see how a soda bottle can be turned into a flowerpot. Filled with graphs, charts, and diagrams, Where Does the Garbage Go? explains how we deal with the problem of too much trash and provides ideas for easy ways to be a part of the solution. (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

Why Should I Save Energy?
By Jen Green (2005)
Children take electricity and other energy sources for granted, until one day their community has a power blackout. They come to realize that in lighting homes and keeping houses warm, we are using up natural resources that can't be easily replaced. If we fail to save energy, a time may come when our homes will always be cold and dark.


Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids
by Gail Gibbons (1996)
An eminently readable and well-organized offering that's filled with information. Gibbons's cartoons graphically illustrate the contents of a landfill and how to recycle various products to cut down on the need for landfills -- for which space is already in short supply. Discussing paper, plastic, glass, cans, and polystyrene, the author describes how to recycle, why it's necessary, and its benefits. An excellent, functional introduction. (School Library Journal)




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