The Great Kapok Tree
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
ACCLAIMED ENVIRONMENTAL CHILDREN’S BOOK ‘THE GREAT KAPOK TREE’ TURNS 30. This modern fable with an urgent, still-relevant message celebrates its 30th anniversary with an updated author’s note and resources for young environmentalists. Originally published in 1990, the book was a New York Times best-seller and has sold more than one million copies worldwide and become a beloved classic that teaches ecology, compassion and personal responsibility.
“Dear Lynne Cherry, I wish I could draw and paint as well as you do! That is a beautiful and powerful book…My Lorax doesn’t feel quite so lonely now that your great birds and beasts have come to join him.” — Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – ISBN-13/EAN: 9780152026141; ISBN-10: 0152026142
The Flute’s Journey — The Life of a Wood Thrush
Reading Level: Ages 6-12
This story traces the wood thrush’s arduous first migration–across thousands of miles—from his nesting grounds in the Belt Woods of Maryland to his winter home in Costa Rica, and back again. The book’s endpapers show the migratory route of the Wood Thrush.
“Insatiable curiosity, dedication to environmental activism, and artistic talent have placed this gifted author at the forefront of children’s literature.” — Living Bird, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
Harcourt Brace, 1997 (ISBN 0-15-292853-7); ; To order books, call 800-543-1918.
A River Ran Wild — An Environmental History
Reading Level: 6-12
A River Ran Wild tells a story of restoration and renewal. Learn how the modern-day descendants of the Nashua Indians and European settlers were able to combat pollution and restore the beauty of the Nashua River in Massachusetts.
“Dear Lynne, I wanted to take this opportunity to commend you for all of the work that you do to promote environmental awareness among our children. You have truly made a difference.” — Al Gore
Publisher: Harcourt Brace, 1992 (hardback ISBN 0-15-200542-0); (paperback ISBN 0-15-216372-7); To order books, call 800-543-1918.
How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming
Reading Level: 10-14
Here kids are introduced to the scientists who, like detectives, are exploring the world to find out about the earth’s climate Climate change is a critical and timely topic of deep concern, here told in an age-appropriate manner, with clarity and hope. This activist book for kids shows children that they too can make a difference!
“This is a necessary book. It treats kids with respect–they deserve to know what’s going on. But they also deserve to know that there’s much that can be done and much that is being done. In a word, it’s empowering!” — Bill McKibben
The Sea, the Storm and the Mangrove Tangle
Reading Level: 4-8
Mangroves are important ecosystems, protecting the coast from storms and erosion and providing havens and acting as nurseries to the ocean’s fish. This book follows the life of a mangrove tangle from seed to mangrove island. Illustrated Map endpapers show the mangrove animals and mangroves of the world.
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux (ISBN 0-374-36482-6); To order call 888-330-8477 c/o Von Holtzbrinck publishing
How Groundhog’s Garden Grew
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Little Groundhog loves to eat his neighbor’s vegetables until he makes a friend who teaches him the joy of planting a garden of his own. As squirrel introduces Little Groundhog to the cycle of an entire gardening year, children will learn about gathering seeds in fall; storing them in winter; planting in spring; weeding and watering in summer; and a delicious, bountiful harvest at Thanksgiving time. An exuberant celebration of friendship, sharing, and the wonders of the natural world.
Publisher: Scholastic, 2003 (ISBN 0-439-32371-1); To order books, call (800) 724-6527 x3
The Armadillo from Amarillo
Reading Level: Ages 5-9
When an armadillo named Sasparillo wants to know where on earth he is, he leaves his home in San Antonio and travels north through the canyons and prairies of Texas. In Amarillo he meets an eagle and, with her help, finds the answer to his question—as well as lots of adventures.
“An ecological jewel that sparkles with multifaceted spin-off possibilities.” — School Library Journal
Publisher: Publisher: Harcourt Brace: 1994 (ISBN 0-15-200359-2); To order books, call 800-543-1918.
The Shaman’s Apprentice
Reading Level: 6-10
by Lynne Cherry and Mark Plotkin, illustrated by Lynne Cherry
For thousands of years, in the jungles of the Amazon, shamans have passed their wisdom of the medicinal values of rain forest plants from one generation to the next. The Shaman’s Apprentice tells the story of a Tirio Indian boy who dreams of one day being the tribal shaman, and how he and his people learn the importance of their own knowledge about the healing properties of the rain forest.
Publisher: Harcourt Brace: ISBN 0-15-201281-8. To order books, call 800-543-1918
The Dragon and the Unicorn
Reading Level: 6-11
A stirring environmental story and a lavishly illustrated original fairy tale about preserving old-growth forests. Valerio the dragon and Allegra the unicorn have always lived happily and in harmony among the beautiful trees and plants of the ancient Ardet Forest. But when King Orlando begins cutting down trees, it is up to the king’s daughter to convince the king to preserve the forest for the animals and humans to share.
Publisher: Harcourt Brace: 1995 (ISBN 0-15-224193-0); To order books, call 800-543-1918.
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
by Joanne Ryder/illustrated by L.C., 1987
A lyrical description of a chipmunk as it goes about its activities in late summer, prepares for winter, and settles in till spring. A child imagines shrinking down to the size of a chipmunk and seeing the world from that vantage point.
Publisher: E.P. Dutton Chipmunk Song by Joanne Ryder/illustrated by L.C., 1987; To order call 800-526-0275.