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Love Your World! Books about Caring for your Environment

Picture Books

Clifford's Spring Clean-Up

Clifford's Spring Clean-Up
By Bridwell, Norman
Illustrator Bridwell, Norman
1997-04 - Cartwheel Books
0590060120 Check Our Catalog

In this all-new adventure, he's hard at work getting the house clean. When Emily Elizabeth airs out some throw rugs, he grabs the living room carpet and gives it a good shake--in fact, he shakes it to pieces! What Clifford does best is help clear out the weeds for the vacant lot on Earth Day. …More

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
By Cherry, Lynne
1990-03 - Gulliver Green
015200520X Check Our Catalog

In the rain forest, as a man chops away at a great kapok tree, the heat and efforts of his work exhaust him so that he falls asleep. One by one, the creatures who live in the tree emerge and plead with him not to destroy their world. Full color. "American Bookseller" Pick of the Lists, IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice, Reading Rainbow Review Book. Full color. …More

What Planet Are You from Clarice Bean?

What Planet Are You from Clarice Bean?
By Child, Lauren
Illustrator Child, Lauren
2002-02 - Candlewick Press (MA)
0763616966 Check Our Catalog

In a welcome new installment in the Clarice Bean escapades, Lauren Child makes a clear case for ecoaction--and gives the cause for saving the planet a hilarious new spin. Illustrations. …More

Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius
By Cooney, Barbara
Illustrator Cooney, Barbara
1982-11 - Viking Press
0670479586 Check Our Catalog

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all. …More

A Fairy Went A-Marketing

A Fairy Went A-Marketing
By Fyleman, Rose
1992-09 - Puffin Books
0140547517 Check Our Catalog


The Tree

The Tree
By Lyons, Dana
Illustrator Danioth, David
Foreword by Butterfly, Julia
2002-06 - Illumination Arts Publishing Company
0970190719 Check Our Catalog

There is a river flowing near me, and I?ve watched that river change and grow. For eight hundred years I have lived here, through the wind, the fire, and the snow. This powerful song of an ancient Douglas fir celebrates the age-old cycle of life in the Pacific Rain Forest, revealing the interconnectedness of all things. From the gentle whisper of owls' wings to the haunting echo of a lone wolf 's cry, each scene resonates with the beauty and sacredness of nature. But when bulldozers invade the forest, the tree senses its impending destruction and asks, "Who will house the owl? And who will hold that river's shore? And who will take refuge in my shadow, if my shadow falls no more?" A stunningly illustrated book, The Tree sounds an urgent call to preserve our fragile environment, reminding each of us that hope for a brighter future lies in our own hands. ?I love this book!? Pete Seeger, musician and songwriter …More

William the Curious: Knight of the Water Lilies

William the Curious: Knight of the Water Lilies
By Santore, Charles
1997-09 - Random House Books for Young Readers
0679887423 Check Our Catalog

Acclaimed artist Charles Santore's sumptuous illustrations and provocative 'environmental fairy tale' will have readers cheering, as a courageous little frog dares to tell a queen how she has disrupted the harmony of the rest of the kingdom in her quest to achieve absolute perfection in her castle. Full color. …More

Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter from Home

Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter from Home
By Schimmel, Schim
1994-03 - Northword Press
1559712252 Check Our Catalog

"Dear Children of the Earth" begins a remarkable letter from Mother Earth asking for help from children everywhere. She writes to express her love for each and every child and asks for their love and appreciation in return. In her own words, and with all of her heart, Mother Earth enfolds children with love and entrusts them with her protection. …More

Family of Earth

Family of Earth
By Schimmel, Schim
2002-09 - Northword Press
1559718331 Check Our Catalog

In a sturdy board book format featuring Schimmel's most lovable baby animals, toddlers will be captivated by the bright colors and adorable creatures. The subtle, lulling text makes for ideal bedtime reading. Full-color illustrations. …More

The Lorax

The Lorax
By Dr Seuss
1971-08 - Random House Children's Books
0394823370 Check Our Catalog

""UNLESS someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not."
Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty.
"The big, colorful pictures and the fun images, word plays and rhymes make this an amusing exposition of the ecology crisis."--"School Library Journal. Illus. in full color.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
By Taback, Simms
Illustrator Taback, Simms
1999-10 - Viking Children's Books
0670878553 Check Our Catalog

2000 Caldecott Medal Winner

As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what a man will be making next out of his shabby overcoat. Full color. …More

Just a Dream

Just a Dream
By Van Allsburg, Chris
1990-10 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
0395533082 Check Our Catalog

A surrealistic masterpiece about the environment. Young Walter couldn't care less about the environment until a terrifying nightmare about the future--with landfills buying neighborhoods--drastically changes his perspective. "Van Allsburg reaches a new pinnacle of excellence in both illustration and storytelling".--Publishers Weekly. Full color. …More

Recycle Every Day!

Recycle Every Day!
By Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth
2002-01 - Winslowhouse International
1588370186 Check Our Catalog

Mina, a creative bunny, wants to win the Community Recycling Calendar contest. She knows all about the three RUs of reducing, reusing, and recycling but can't think of the perfect idea for her poster. The whole family helps Mina find inspiration by looking at different ways to recycle every day. Full-color illustrations. …More

Where Have the Unicorns Gone

Where Have the Unicorns Gone
By Yolen, Jane
Illustrator Sanderson, Ruth
2000-09 - Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
0689824653 Check Our Catalog

Driven from their rural paradise, the majestic unicorns find refuge in a number of water havens and eventually the sea. Full-color illustrations. …More

Chapter Books

Just Enough and Not Too Much

Just Enough and Not Too Much
By Zemach, Kaethe
Author Kaethe Zemach
2003-10 - Arthur A. Levine Books
0439377242 Check Our Catalog

For Simon the Fiddler, there's no such thing as too much. If he hugs one teddy bear, then he'll love three bears three times more. This gentle fable reminds readers of the beauty of just enough. Full color. …More

The Berenstain Bears and the Showdown at Chainsaw Gap

The Berenstain Bears and the Showdown at Chainsaw Gap
By Berenstain, Stan
With Berenstain, Jan
1995-09 - Random House Books for Young Readers
0679875719 Check Our Catalog

When there's a clash between the lumber interests (including Papa Bear) and the environmentalists who want to protect an endangered bird, the cubs have some tough decisions to make. …More

Who Really Killed Cock Robin?: An Ecological Mystery

Who Really Killed Cock Robin?: An Ecological Mystery
By George, Jean Craighead
1992-04 - Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
0833590634 Check Our Catalog

The robin that has been nesting on the Mayor's porch dies suddenly and 8th-grader Tony Isidoro is determined to find out why. Threading his way through a maze of clues that include the unknown chemical in the river and the irritating fumes coming from the town dump, the young environmentalist figures out who really killed Cock Robin. …More

Time Ghost

Time Ghost
By Katz, Welwyn Wilton
2002-04 - Groundwood Books
0888992165 Check Our Catalog

In the year 2030, the city of Ottawa is protected from pollution by a dome. There are only a few spots of wilderness in the world. Sara and her brother, Karl, travel with their grandmother to the North Pole to fight a last environmental crusade. When they arrive, Sara learns Karl is planning a crazy experiment involving time travel. Soon, all that has made made Sara feel safe vanishes. (Available now) …More

Judy Moody Saves the World!

Judy Moody Saves the World!
By McDonald, Megan
Illustrator Reynolds, Peter H.
2002-07 - Candlewick Press (MA)
0763614467 Check Our Catalog

CCBC Choices - 2003
When her design for an adhesive-bandage gets only an honorable mention in a contest, Judy Moody sets her sights on something bigger. As her class learns about the destruction of the rain forests and its endangered species, Judy is in the mood to whip the planet into shape. Illustrations.

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