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Earth Day With the Little Ones in Fun Reads of Two Board Books and New Chapter Book for Older Readers for Earth Day

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Two Delightful Board Books for the Little Ones to Learn About Taking Care of Our Planet

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Earth Day Reading for the Little Ones

Board books for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are popular with both parents and children. Board books are easy for young children to carry around and begin to "read". Board books are almost "chew proof" and the pages cannot be torn.

We will soon celebrate Earth Day this month and books are a great way to introduce this topic to young children with these two books about going green. Nina Mata's Everything Grows introduces plants as growing things to the little ones. The colorful illustrations are full of details to talk about while reading. Young children can relate the idea of growing to all the things that grow as told in the story and their own ability to grow. Mata includes a song at the end of the book to sing about growing. How about starting a garden in your yard after reading Everything Grows.

Everything Grows was published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishers and is recommended for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-17265-0.

Saving Our Planet is a fun read in board book form. A variety of ways to help our planet are told in the story. Keeping the air clean from less emissions from cars, recycling instead of dumping things not wanted or needed any longer in a landfill, keeping our beaches clean, and saving electricity are all topics to introduce to young children. Suggestions for implementing these ideas for going green are included on each page. A fun quiz at the end with a "lift the flap" to find the answers is included in the book.

Saving Our Planet was published by Random House Children's books and is recommended for ages 4-7. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-30407.

Happy Earth Day!

Colorful Illustrations in Two Books for Earth Day Reading With the Little Ones

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Robot Helps With Earth Day in New Chapter Book for Older Readers

How would older children like to have a robot to help with activities that they participate in when celebrating Earth Day? Andrew Sharmat's Nate the Great and the Earth Day Robot is a creative read in chapter book form for older children to get creative with ideas to celebrate Earth Day. Nate the Great is a favorite character with older children and he is off to have adventures in inventing a robot for his class project when Earth Day is coming.

High tech ideas are popular project ideas at Nate's school and he is excited to share his idea for a robot that can serve in a variety of ways to celebrate Earth Day. Clean-up time is a concept that can be used for Earth Day when we are cleaning up our environment. Nate's robot is an expert in clean-up time around the school. The students have fun with Nate's robot and his science project is a hit even though he does not win First Prize.

Nate the Great and the Earth Day Robot was published by Delacorte Press, a division of Random House Children's Books. It is recommended for ages 6-10 and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-18083-9.

Fun Illustrations from Nate the Great and the Earth Day Robot

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Add Enhancing Activities for Earth Day After Reading

Earth Day provides a wealth of activities to help celebrate. Introduce the activities from these delightful board books to encourage going green with your young children.

* Have a variety of seeds for flowers or vegetables for children to explore. A beginning math activity can be a learning activity when children have the opportunity sort the seeds according to size or color.

*Find an appropriate place in your yard to start a garden on Earth Day. Have gardening tools that are child-size available for your child to participate in digging and preparing the soil for planting the seed. Have a child-size watering can for your child to participate in watering the plants.

*Take growth photos as the plants sprout and grow. You can create a picture book of the growth progress with your photos.

*Take a walk around the neighborhood to see the variety of plants and trees in your neighborhood. Provide an opportunity for children to collect the variety of leaves. Continue a beginning math activity with sorting the leaves by size or patterns.

*Sort your child's toy box into toys that are not wanted any longer and donate to an organization or friend instead of dumping them in a landfill.

*Practice sorting and recycling paper, cans, or composting food left-overs.

*Take a walk around your neighborhood to pick up trash.

*Cleaning a beach is a great activity if you live near a beach.

*Call attention to the suggestions for saving electricity from the book Saving Our Planet. Turn off lights in a room that are not being used and introduce this simple idea to young children.

*Plant a tree in your yard if there is unused space or participate in your town's Earth Day activity of planting trees.

*Call attention to the suggestions for saving water from the book Saving Our Planet. Turning off the faucet while brushing teeth is a simple idea for young children to learn.

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

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