Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd to raise awareness about environmental issues and inspire people to take action to protect our planet. It was first celebrated in 1970 and has since become a global event observed in more than 190 countries.
Earth Day events typically involve educational activities, community cleanups, and other actions to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Today I am excited to share a round-up of beautiful and engaging children’s books from Nat Geo Kids Books to help you celebrate our planet and spotlight how each one of us can make a positive impact upon the earth — on Earth Day and every day! These are must-haves for your home library. Be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win them all!
Celebrating Earth Day with our children is vital because it reminds us of our responsibility to protect the planet we call home. As the world’s population continues to grow and our natural resources become increasingly scarce, it is more important than ever to take steps to reduce our environmental impact.
Earth Day provides an opportunity to reflect on how we can positively impact the environment and take action to reduce our carbon footprint. Promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship can help ensure that future generations inherit a healthy and thriving planet.
Happy Earth Day!
1.This Book Stinks!: Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish and the Science of Trash (ages 8-12, Paperback, 192 pgs, $19.99)
From e-waste to waste in space to innovative trash technology, This Book Stinks! Cleverly reveals the smelly — and fascinating — scoop behind what happens to the 4 MILLION TONS OF TRASH the world generates each day and what we can do to un-stink our planet.
Readers can go “beyond the bin” and learn the incredible science behind landfills, why it’s so much better to toss a banana peel than a glass bottle and why being a trash collector can be a risky business. Rather than being all “doom and gloom” about the subject, This Book Stinks! Inspires young eco-warriors kids to take action by including tips and ideas about what they can do to make a difference at home, in their neighbourhood and their community.
From the ins and outs of recycling to the nitty-gritty of landfills and dumps, to how creative people find new ideas to reuse rubbish, This Book Stinks! Covers everything kids need to know about trash on land, in our oceans and even in outer space and how, by rethinking what we toss and how we toss it, we can save and protect our planet.
2.100 Ways to Make the World Better (ages 8-12, Paperback, 256 pages $9.99)
Who says kids can’t change the world? If they’ve got the will, Nat Geo Kids can guide the way with doable activities, hands-on projects, advice from National Geographic explorers, interviews with experts, weird-but-true facts, and more inspiration. Keeping with the Nat Geo Kids mission, the book is full of practical, positive, and powerful ideas that every kid can consider, from simple acts of kindness to creative adventures to good-for-the-planet projects.
Ideas are presented as simple concepts with engaging graphics and photographs, and many are followed by detailed supporting information. Kids get a sense of their power to make a difference and an understanding of what actions contribute to positive outcomes. Sometimes all it takes is starting with something simple, and before you know it, together, we’ve reshaped our planet for the better.
3.Destiny Finds Her Way (ages 4-8, Hardcover, $16.99)
Newbery Honor winner Margarita Engle and photographer and Sloth Institute Executive Director Sam Trull team up to bring the inspiring and true story to life of how Destiny, a motherless baby sloth, sightless in one eye and rescued by Sam in the Costa Rican rain forest, defies the odds, overcomes her obstacles of limited sight and learns the skills she will need to return to her wild, forest home.
In addition to learning about Destiny and her journey, readers are immersed in the world of sloths, how sloths are extremely vulnerable to deforestation and sloth rescue in this uplifting story about overcoming obstacles and believing in yourself.
4.Water! Why Every Drop Counts and How You Can Start Making Waves to Protect it (ages 8-12, Paperback, 128 pgs, $14.99)
Did you know the water in your glass could be the same water the dinosaurs drank? Discover more incredible facts about Earth’s water, its challenges, and how your actions can help defend this precious resource. Dive in!
No doubt about it, water is fascinating! It’s also essential. But our planet is facing serious water problems: Drinkable water isn’t easily accessible to everyone, the demands for water around the globe are increasing. At the same time, the supply is limited, and some human actions are causing disastrous ripple effects downstream for ecosystems and the animals that live in them.
Fortunately, there is hope! And that’s where this book comes in. By learning the ins and outs of important water issues and making small but powerful changes in our daily life, we can help protect the water that connects us all on our beautiful blue planet.
· What kids can do right now to combat climate change
· How to make a water filter at home and other fun activities
· How small changes in your daily routine can equal significant water savings
· Stats, infographics, and surprising facts (Did you know it takes about 300 gallons of water to produce one cheese pizza?)
· And much more!
A fascinating look at Earth’s water and a call to action to young readers to help safeguard it.
5.Hey, Baby!: A Collections of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature’s Nursery (all ages, Hardcover, 192 pages, $24.99)
Join National Geographic Kids on a trip around the globe to celebrate nature’s nursery. This collection of stunning photography of wee ones of the wild world will inspire, awe and awww. With dynamic profiles, clever poems, time-tested folktales, amazing rescue stories, and unlikely animal friendships, this book will be a favorite with sleepy little ones, new parents and moms-to-be. Featuring everything from wobbly baby bison to teeny turtles, mini-monkeys to fluffy foxes, this is the perfect keepsake book for the baby animal lover in us all.
6. Go Wild! Lions (ages 4-8, Hardcover, 48 pages, $9.99)
Play, pounce, hunt, and roar with lions in this lively introduction to these powerful big cats! Learn all about lions, including their awesome body parts, how they hunt, and what life is like in a pride. Little kids will go wild over photos of adorable lion cubs and more as they explore: Where lions live, What their families are like, How lion babies grow up, Other amazing wild cats, How lions communicate, and more.
Young readers will also find out why lions need our help and what people around the world are doing to protect them. Filled with fun facts, awesome photos, games, and activities that will inspire kids to care about these amazing animals.
7. National Geographic Reader: Plants Level 1 Co-Reader (PreK/Kindergarten, Paperback, 48 pgs, $5.99)
Perfect for parents and kids to read together. Find out how plants grow as well as the different parts of plants, seeds, and flowers.
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