Thursday, April 5, 2012

Imagining A to Z: E is for Engage


E is For Engage (with Earth Friendly Books)

One way to engender an imaginative life is to read. Here's a list of earth friendly children's books to get you started. E is also for enjoy.

Appelhof, Mary. 2006. Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System. Illustrated by Mary F. Fenton. Kalamazoo, MI: Flower Press.
Asch, Frank. 2008. The Earth and I. New York: Sandpiper.
Baker, Jeannie. 2004. Home. New York: Greenwillow.
Bang, Molly & Penny Chisholm. 2009. Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring The Earth to Life. New York: Blue Sky Press.
Bang, Molly. 1997. Common Ground: The Water, Earth andAir We Share. New York: Blue Sky Press.
Berger, Melvin. 1994. Oil Spill. Illustrated by Paul Mirocha. New York: HarperCollins.
Bial, Raymond. 2000. A Handful of Dirt. New York: Walker & Company.
Bouler, Olivia. 2011. Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf. Sterling.
Bruchac, Joseph. 2009. Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder. Illustrated by Thomas Locker. Fulcrum.
Burns, Loree Griffin. 2010. Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion. New York: Sandpiper.
Catchpool, Michael. 2012. The Cloud Spinner. Illustrated by Alison Jay. New York: Knopf.
The Cloud Spinner
Cherry, Lynne & Gary Braasch. 2010. How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications.
Cherry, Lynne. 2004. The Sea, The Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Cherry, Lynne. 2002. A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History. New York: Sandpiper.
Cherry, Lynne. 2000. The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. New York: Sandpiper.
Chin, Jason. 2009. Redwoods. New York: Flashpoint.
from Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed their World.
Drummond, Allan. 2011. Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed their World. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.
Foreman, Michael. 2004. One World. Andersen Press.
French, Vivian. 2010. Yucky Worms. Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Galbraith, Kathryn. 2010. Arbor Day Square. Illustrated by Cyd Moore. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.
Gibbons, Gail. 1996. Recycle! A Handbook for Kids. New York: Little, Brown.
Glaser, Linda. 2002. Our Big Home. Illustrated by Elisa Kleven. Minneapolis MN: Millbrook.

Hall, Julie. 2007. A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids: Understanding Climate Change and What You Can Do About It. Illustrated by Sarah Lane. Green Goat Books.
Hooper, Meredith. 2008. Drop in My Drink. London: Frances Lincoln Books.
Jenkins, Martin. 2011. Can We Save the Tiger? Illustrated by Vicki White. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Koontz, Robin. 2007. Composting: Nature’s Recyclers. Illustrated by Matthew Harrad. Picture Window Books.
Kooser, Ted. 2012. House Held Up by Trees. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
Kooser, Ted. 2010. Bag in the Wind. Illustrated by Barry Root. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
Kowalski, Gary. 2009. Earth Day: An Alphabet Book. Illustrated by Rocco Baviera. Skinner House.
Kamkwamba, William. 2012. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Illustrated by  Elizabeth Zunon. New York: Dial.
Lasky, Kathryn. 2008. John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist. Illustrated by Stan Fellows. Cambridge. MA: Candlewick Press.

Lloyd, Jennifer. 2007. Looking for Loons. Illustrated by Kristi Anne Wakelin. Vancouver, BC: Simply Read Books.
Locker, Thomas. 2010. John Muir: America’s Naturalist. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Press.
McDonnell, Patrick. 2011. Me…Jane. New York: Little, Brown.
Müller, Jörg. 1982. The Sea People. New York: Schocken Books.
Nivola, Claire A. 2012. Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Okimoto, Jean Davies. 2007. Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming. Sasquatch Books.
Parr, Todd. 2010. The Earth Book. New York: Little, Brown.
Peet, Bill. 1981. Wump World. New York: Sandpiper.
Portman, Michelle Eva. 2002. Compost, By Gosh! Kalamazoo, MI: Flower Press.
Preus, Margi. 2011. Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World. Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon. New York: Henry Holt.
Rand, Gloria. 1994. Prince William. Illustrated by Ted Rand. New York: Henry Holt.
Schaefer, Lola M. 2004. Arrowhawk. Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska. New York: Henry Holt.
Seuss, Dr. 1971. The Lorax. New York: Random House.
Siddals, Mary McKenna. 2010.  Compost Stew. Illustrated by Ashley Wolff. San Francisco, CA: Tricycle Press.
Steiner, Jörg. 2007. The Bear Who Wanted to Be a Bear. Illustrated by Jörg Müller. Alhambra, CA: Heryin Books.

Straus, Rochelle. 2007. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth. Illustrated by Rosemary Woods. Kids Can Press.
Straus, Rochelle. 2004. Tree of Life: Incredible Biodiversity on Earth. Illustrated by Margot Thomason. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.
Thornhill, Jan. 2007. This Is My Planet: The Kids’ Guide to Global Warming. Berkeley, CA:Maple Tree Press.
Van Allsburg, Chris. 2011. Just a Dream (reprint). New York: Sandpiper.
Wadsworth, Ginger 2009. Camping with the President. Illustrated by Karen Dugan. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
Weller, Duncan. 2007. The Boy from the Sun. Vancouver, BC: Simply Read Books.
Wiesner, David. 2006. Flotsam.  New York: Clarion.
Winter, Jeanette. 2011. The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps. New York: Schwarz & Wade.
Winter, Jeanette. 2008. Wangari’s Trees: A True Story from Africa. Orlando, FL: Harcourt.
Winter, Jonah. 2010. Here Comes the Garbage Barge. Illustrated by Red Nose Studio. New York: Schwarz & Wade.
Wong, Janet S. 2007. The Dumpster Diver. Illustrated by David Roberts. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
Yezerski, Thomas F. 2011. Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Yolen, Jane. 1995. Letting Swift River Go. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. New York: Little, Brown.

          Note: In this series of post during the month of April, I am participating in the A to Z blogging challenge, with each day focusing on a letter.  In order to bring some cohesion to this process--releasing the imagination is the focus of each post.


  1. Looks like some beautifully illustrated choices.

  2. What a wonderfully diverse list of earth-friendly kids' books to nurture the imagination! I'm delighted to find Compost Stew included, and thank you for giving readers so many ways to Engage and Enjoy...

    1. I love your book! I publish a lot of recommended lists. Thanks for taking the time to look.