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Friday, April 20, 2012

Celebrating Earth Day at KBD

Rose's Garden, by Peter H. Reynolds
Age Range: 3 and up.

Today, April 20th, is Earth Day. I know I speak for many parents by saying we want our children to feel responsible for taking care of our environment. This year, why not take the time to choose a great book to read with your child that will kick off a discussion about this important day?

There are many great books to highlight for Earth Day (please see a more extensive list below) but one I’d like to suggest is Rose’s Garden, by Peter H. Reynolds (author of two of my favorite books Ish and The Dot). Rose’s Garden is a book about a young girl who travels in a teapot sailboat and collects seeds from all over the world. Eventually, when her teapot is brimming with seeds she decides to drop anchor and plant her garden in the city. Despite the many challenges she faces, she waits patiently for her seeds to grow and ultimately, is rewarded for her efforts with a beautiful garden that is enjoyed by everyone.

I enjoy reading this story to Brady not only because of the poetic text but also the thoughtful illustrations that make readers think about the importance of green spaces in the city. Here are a few questions to help deepen a child's comprehension of the story:
  1. Why are some pictures in black and white and some in color?
  2. When you are in a space that is green and colorful (a garden or a park, for example) how does it   make you feel?
  3. What can we do to make sure we keep parks and gardens beautiful?

Check out some more great books for Earth Day below, which are all available in the Kid Book Doctor bookstore.

Michael Recycle, by Ellie Bethel
Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug, by Ellie Bethel
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling, by Alison Inches
The Earth Book, by Todd Parr
The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
Out of the Ocean, by Debra Frasier

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