Environmental Issues and Studies

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Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela Hanscom, $25.95

Today’s kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with television, video games, and computer screens. But more and more, studies show that children need “rough and tumble” outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions.

Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program — that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis — author Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help children thrive, even in an urban environment.

Today it is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, or spinning in circles just for fun. We’ve taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. Children have fewer opportunities for unstructured outdoor play than ever before, and recess times at school are shrinking due to demanding educational environments. With this book, you’ll discover little things you can do anytime, anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.


Barefoot Book of Earth Tales. Dawn Casey & Anne Wilson, $21.99 (ages 6-10)

In this beautiful anthology of folktales, young readers learn how different cultures around the world live in harmony with the rhythms and patterns of nature. Discover how to tread lightly on our precious Earth by following the easy eco-tips and trying out some of the fun and creative activities that accompany each story.


The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea. Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson, $10.95 (ages 8-12)

You don't need a day at the beach to learn all about the ocean and discover how important it is to protect them. This terrific collection of experiments, games and earth-friendly ideas will make ocean-science a breeze!

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Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet. Nikki Tate, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Most of us see trees every day, and too often we take them for granted. Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. Deep Roots celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. Each chapter in Deep Roots focuses on a basic element — water, air, fire and earth — and explores the many ways in which we need trees to keep our planet healthy and livable. From making rain to producing fruit to feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Facts about trees and hands-on activities throughout help readers discover ways to get to know our giant neighbors better.


Discovering Nature with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $36.95

Explore the wonders of the natural world with the naturally curious child.

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The Earth and I. Frank Asch, $11.99 (ages 4-6)

This is the story of our very special friendship with the Earth.


Eco Literate: How Educators are Cultivating Emotional, Social and Ecological Intelligence. Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett & Zenobia Barlow, $29.95

Hopeful, eloquent, and bold, ECO LITERATE offers inspiring stories, practical guidance, and an exciting new model of education that builds — in vitally important ways — on the success of social and emotional learning by addressing today's most important ecological issues.

The book shares stories of pioneering educators, students, and activists engaged in issues related to food, water, oil, and coal in communities from the mountains of Appalachia to a small village in the Arctic. ECO LITERATE marks a rich collaboration between Daniel Goleman and the Center for Ecoliteracy, an organization best known for its pioneering work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological principles and sustainability into school curricula. For nearly twenty years the Center has worked with schools and organizations in more than 400 communities across the United States and numerous other countries. 


Educating Young Children through Natural Water: How to Use Coastlines, Rivers and Lakes to Promote Learning and Development. Judit Horvath, $58.95

The natural environment and its almost daunting size touches something deep within the children and — surprisingly — the large space brings them closer together. This book provides a comprehensive guide to Natural Water School provision by exploring its special pedagogy, the organisation and management of the Water School session and discussing the learning environment and its implications for children’s wellbeing and development. It clearly explains the key principles of this recently developed, contemporary approach and sets out a framework for setting up and leading a Natural Water School programme. The book shows how the aims and outcomes of early years education, including the Early Years Foundation Stage can all be achieved within the Natural Water School environment and is supported by examples and case studies throughout. Full of practical suggestions and activities, it includes:

  • Activity ideas covering topics such as wildlife, sensory activities, crafts, social development, physical play and construction in different seasons
  • Unique teaching tools to observe and develop the children
  • Ideas for working with children of different ages and learning styles
  • Detailed guidance on health and safety including risk assessments

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Energy Island: How One Island Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World. Allan Drummond, $26.99 (ages 6 and up)

It’s windy on the Danish island of Samsǿ. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island!


Every Breath We Take: a Book about Air. Maya Ajmera & Dominique Browning, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

Clean air is essential for all living creatures — plants, animals, and people — to live healthy lives. Every Breath We Take is a positive, life-affirming look at clean air, with a subtle message about how air can be dirtied — and how it can be cleaned up. 


Exceptional Women Environmentalists. Frances Rooney, $10.95 (ages 9-13)

EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS profiles ten advocates for the earth and shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things.


The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places. Gary Nabhan & Stephen Trimble, $26.95

In this unique collaboration, two naturalists ask what may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wildness than at any other time in human history.

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The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children. Ann Pelo, $39.95

To nurture ecological identity in young children, we invite them into relationship with the world beyond walls and with the creatures that live there. We invite them into ethical thinking anchored by the compassion that comes from caring and engaged relationships. We invite them to come home to the Earth, and to live honorably in that home. Join author Ann Pelo on her year-long journey as she nurtures the ecological identity of a toddler and discovers for herself what it means to live in relationship with the natural world.


Green Babies, Sage Moms: the Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Baby. Lynda Fassa, $16.50

A practical guide for new mothers in raising a "green" family-and doing it simply and inexpensively. Filled with necessary and convenient advice that takes the reader from the first months of pregnancy and beyond, this indispensable book explains:

  • The safest ways to get the house ready for the baby
  • The best baby gear-from clothes to crib mattresses
  • Organic recipes for health-conscious breastfeeding moms
  • How to throw a green baby shower
  • The best solutions for storing breast milk safely
  • How to keep play areas safe from chemicals
  • How to handle the diaper dilemma: wash vs. toss
  • And much more!

Green Kids, Sage Families: the Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Kids. Lynda Fassa, $16.50

A guide to going green that will fit your lifestyle — and save you money — while protecting your kids and the environment.

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Green Mama: Giving Your Child a Healthy Start and a Greener Future. Manda Aufochs Gillespie, $19.99

From choosing environmentally friendly diapers to identifying the hidden toxins in children’s food, cribs, car seats, and toys, Green Mama discusses topics that are vitally important to new parents.

Manda Aufochs Gillespie, shares what today’s science and Grandma’s traditional wisdom tell us about prenatal care for mothers-to-be, breastfeeding, detoxifying the nursery, diapering, caring for baby’s skin, feeding a family, and healthy play — redefining the “basics” of parenting for today’s world. With an upbeat tone, stories of parents who have “been there,” real-world advice for when money matters more, and practical steps geared toward immediate success, Green Mama helps parents become what they were always meant to be: experts on the care of their own children.


Greta and the Giants. Zoë Tucker & Zoe Persico, $24.99 (ages 4-7)

This inspiring picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg — the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world’s climate crisis — using allegory to make this important topic accessible to young children.

Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea.

A section at the back explains that, in reality, the fight against the “giants” isn’t over and explains how you can help Greta in her fight. This book has been printed sustainably in the US on 100% recycled paper. By buying a copy of this book, you are making a donation of 3% of the cover price to 350.org.


Greta's Story: the Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet. Valentina Camerini, $23.99 (ages 8-12)

You are never too young to make a difference.

Ever since she learned about climate change, Greta Thunberg couldn’t understand why politicians weren’t treating it as an emergency. In August 2018, temperatures in Sweden reached record highs, fires raged across the country, and fifteen-year-old Greta decided to stop waiting for political leaders to take action. Instead of going to school on Friday, she made a sign and went on strike in front of Stockholm’s parliament building. Greta’s solo protest grew into the global Fridays for Future — or School Strike 4 Climate — movement, which millions have now joined. She has spoken at COP24 (the UN summit on climate change) and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This timely, unofficial biography is her story, but also that of many others around the world willing to fight against the indifference of the powerful for a better future.

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How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. Scott Sampson, $22.95

American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors — 90 percent less time than their parents did. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat illness, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in nature seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development. Yet teachers, parents, and other caregivers lack a basic understanding of how to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world. 

How to Raise a Wild Child offers a timely and engaging antidote, showing how kids’ connection to nature changes as they mature. Distilling the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature — enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a sense of place along the way.


I Love Our Earth. Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson & Dan Lipow, $7.95 (ages 4 and up)

There are so many wonderful things to love about our Earth, our shared home.


An Inconvenient Truth: the Crisis of Global Warning (Revised and Adapted Edition for Younger readers). Al Gore, $20.00 (ages 8 to 14)

Former Vice President Al Gore's New York Times #1 bestselling book is a daring call to action, exposing the shocking reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and the future we face if we do not take action to stop global warming. Now, An Inconvenient Truth has been adapted for the most important audience of all: today's youth, who have no choice but to confront this climate crisis head-on.

Dramatic full-color photos, illustrations, and graphs combine with Gore's effective and clear writing to explain global warming in very real terms: what it is, what causes it, and what will happen if we continue to ignore it. An Inconvenient Truth will change the way young people understand global warming and hopefully inspire them to help change the course of history.

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Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet. Elizabeth Suneby & Rebecca Green, $19.99 (8-12)

It's monsoon season in Bangladesh, which means Iqbal's mother must cook the family's meals indoors, over an open fire. The smoke from the fire makes breathing difficult for his mother and baby sister, and it's even making them sick. Hearing them coughing at night worries Iqbal. So when he learns that his school's upcoming science fair has the theme of sustainability, Iqbal comes up with the perfect idea for his entry: he'll design a stove that doesn't produce smoke! With help from his teacher, Iqbal learns all about solar energy cooking, which uses heat from the sun to cook — ingenious! Has Iqbal found a way to win first prize in the science fair while providing cleaner air and better health for his family at the same time?


It’s a Jungle Out There! 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids. Jennifer Ward, $16.00 (ages 6-12)

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nature! This compact guide offers 52 nature-focused explorations, adventures, observations and games that can help children connect to nature while living in the city.

Turn your gaze to the cracks in the sidewalk, the trees on the street, and the green spaces every city offers. Become an urban birder, make observations and keep records of what you find. Discover the not-so-hidden pockets of nature right where you live.


Kenya's Art: Recycle! Reuse! Make Art! Linda Trice, illustrated by Hazel Mitchell, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

Kenya’s class is on spring vacation and their teacher asked them to write a report about how they spent their time. But vacation is almost over and Kenya hasn't done anything worth noting. A late visit to a museum's recycling exhibit and a walk through her neighborhood with her daddy inspire Kenya to use her old, broken toys and other items to make art with her family. Now she's prepared to teach her whole class how to Recycle! Reuse! Make Art!

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Kids & Nature In a Jar®: Easy Ways to Love and Learn About the Outdoors. $14.99

Green ideas, fresh facts, inspiring quotations, and nature activities will stir kids to explore nature.


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Richard Louv, $25.95

As children’s connections to nature diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. In Last Child in the Woods, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply — and find the joy of family connectedness in the process.


Lens on Outdoor Learning. Wendy Banning & Ginny Sullivan, $70.95

The outdoors is filled with rich learning experiences for young children. Packed with colorful photographs and detailed stories about children exploring and experiencing nature, Lens on Outdoor Learning will inspire you to facilitate and encourage children's learning as they spend time in nature. Each story describes how children naturally explore and create their own learning experiences outdoors. Using images, children's dialogue and actions, you will see how the natural world supports joyful and meaningful learning.


The Mess That We Made. Michelle Lord, illustrated by Julia Blattman,  $17.95 (ages 5-7)

The Mess That We Made explores the environmental impact of trash and plastic on the ocean and marine life, and it inspires kids to do their part to combat pollution. Simple, rhythmic wording builds to a crescendo ("This is the mess that we made. These are the fish that swim in the mess that we made.") and the vibrant digital artwork captures the disaster that is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Children can imagine themselves as one of the four multi-ethnic occupants of the little boat surrounded by swirling plastic in the middle of the ocean, witnessing the cycle of destruction and the harm it causes to plants, animals, and humans. The first half of the book portrays the growing magnitude of the issue, and the second half rallies children and adults to make the necessary changes to save our oceans. Facts about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ocean pollution, and how kids can help are included in the back matter.

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No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. Greta Thunberg, $9.99 (ages 10+)

The history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate crisis activist who has become the voice of a generation.

Everything needs to change. And it has to start today.

In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet and our environment, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. This book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.


On Thin Ice. Jamie Bastedo, $14.95 (novel, ages 13+)

In a tiny Arctic hamlet, a teenager's mangled body is found lying on the ice. COuld a rapidly changing Arctic climate have driven a polar bear, starving and afraid, this close to human habitation? On Thin Ice is the story of Ashley Anowiak, a gifted northern youth struggling to understand her spiritual connection to polar bears. While seeking answers about her culture, climate and environment seem to be crumbling all around her.

This Alberta YA Book of the Year also has a Companion Teacher's Guide, Polar Bears in a Climate of Change, which includes a novel study. (Available online when the book is purchased).


On Our Nature Walk: Our First Talk About Our Impact On the Environment. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the important topic of the environment. Crafted around a conversation between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book using age-appropriate language and tone will help children shape their understanding of the natural world and how they participate in protecting it. Dr. Roberts starts the discussion with the types of pollution and trash that children might notice on a nature walk or a trip to the beach, how they are caused and how to work to improve things in their own lives and communities.

Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of  the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.


One Well. Rochelle Strauss, illustrated by Rosemary Woods, $19.95 (ages 7 to 10)

Almost 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered with water. And all that water is connected — every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well. A single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. One Well shows how every one of us has the power to conserve and protect our global well — and why we need to pay attention.

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Our Earth: How Kids Are Saving the Planet. Janet Wilson, $18.95 (ages 7-12)

Here is a wonderful collection of true stories about kids from around the world who each had an idea that started small and turned into something big. All of them — helping our planet.


Our House Is On Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet. Jeanette Winter, et al, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic... I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is...

When she was fifteen years old, Greta Thunberg’s teacher explained to her class that our climate is changing — the earth is getting warmer, the polar ice caps are melting, and life on earth is threatened. Greta was devastated. What could she do? If the grown-ups weren’t doing enough to save the planet, Greta would have to demand change herself.So she went on strike, skipping school every Friday to sit outside of the Swedish Parliament building with a sign that read “School Strike for Climate.” At first, Greta was the only one. But gradually, more and more students joined her, until her lone protest had sparked a worldwide student movement for action on climate change.

Now, Greta is speaking to audiences of world leaders at important meetings like the United Nations Climate Conference and the World Economic Forum. She is leading the conversation on climate change and sparking worldwide conversation on how to save our planet. Greta is showing everyone that even the smallest person can make a big difference, and this picture book informs and inspires young readers who are beginning to learn about the world around them.


Raising Baby Green: the Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Care. Alan Greene, et al, $18.99

In this illustrated and easy-to-use guide, noted pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene, a leading voice of the green baby movement, advises parents how to make healthy green choices for pregnancy, childbirth, and baby care — from feeding your baby the best food available to using medicines wisely. Consumer advocate Jeanette Pavini includes information for making smart choices and applying green principles to a whole new universe of products from zero-VOC paints for the nursery, to pure and gentle lotions for baby’s delicate skin, to the eco-friendly diapers now in the marketplace, as well as specific recommendations for hundreds of other products.

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The Secret of Water: for the Children of the World. Masuru Emoto, $16.99 (all ages)

The Secret of Water introduces children to the wondrous world of water and shows why treating this precious resource with respect is so vital to our personal health and the well-being of the planet.


Severn and the Day She Silenced the World. Janet Wilson, $14.95 (ages 9-13)

When Severn Cullis-Suzuki was just nine years old, she and four friends travelled to Brazil, to the very first Earth Summit, to speak to politicians and environmentalists. They challenged them to take action, and to create change.


Sheila Says We're Weird (but we're just green). Ruth Ann Smalley, illustrated by Jennifer Emery, $10.95 (ages 6-10)

Sheila is either hanging over the back fence or hanging out with her neighbors. They’re interesting, but they're weird. Why do they hang their laundry outside instead of using the dryer? Why are they riding their bikes to the library instead of just using the car? Why do they mow their lawn with a push mower when a gas mower is much faster? But Sheila discovers that their homemade soup sure tastes good, that she likes picking cherry tomatoes and strawberries in their garden, and it’s pretty cozy to sit around the woodstove in the winter. Are Sheila’s neighbors really weird, or do they have some good ideas going on?

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Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health, Fully Updated and Expanded Edition. Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie, $27.00

It's amazing how little can change in a decade. In 2009, a book transformed the way we see our frying pans, thermometers and tuna sandwiches. Daily life was bathing us in countless toxins that accumulated in our tissues, were passed on to our children and damaged our health. To expose the extent of this toxification, environmentalists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie offered themselves to science and undertook a series of over a dozen experiments to briefly raise their personal levels of mercury, BPA, Teflon and other pollutants. The ease with which ordinary activities caused dangerous levels to build in their bodies was a wake-up call, and readers all over the world responded. But did government regulators and corporations? Ten years later, there is good news. But not much. Concise, shocking, practical and hopeful, this new combined edition of one of the most important books ever published about green living will put the nasty stuff back where it belongs: on the national agenda and out of our bodies.


The Specific Ocean. Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Katty Maurey, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

In this gently told picture book, a young girl is unhappy about having to leave the city for a family vacation on the Pacific Ocean (which she used to call the Specific Ocean). As the days pass, however, she is drawn to spend more time in and near the water, feeling moved by its beauty and rhythms. By the end of the vacation, the girl has grown to love the ocean and now feels reluctant to leave it behind.

This book would make a lyrical read-aloud that could lull young children into an appreciation for the peaceful joy found in nature. It also presents a compelling emotional component to why conserving our natural spaces is important, and would work well for any classroom science discussion on the environment or on the ocean as a habitat and ecosystem.


SPUR: a Wolf's Story. Eliza Robertson, illustrated by Nora Aoyagi, $22.95 (ages 5-9)

This captivating tale will inspire children across the world to build compassion for an iconic yet vulnerable animal.

In award-winning author Eliza Robertson’s stunning debut children’s book, a young, brave wolf named Spur is looking for food with her brother when, suddenly, a flying beast appears in the sky. What was that thing? And where did her brother go? The next time the helicopter appears, Spur knows just what to do to save her wolf pack and reunite with her brother.

Stirring, gorgeous illustrations of wolves, snow, and trees illuminate this uplifting and empowering story, which offers a gentle message for protecting wild wolves in North America and beyond. Just like us, wolves have brothers, sisters, parents, and friends — and they very much need our help.

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The Three Brothers. Marie-Louise Gay, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

Finn and his younger brothers, Leo and Ooley, love reading stories about animals living in forests, on mountains or in the arctic.

“When I grow up,” says Finn, “I want to be an explorer and travel around the world. I want to see wild animals and strange birds.”

“Why wait?” asks Leo.

And so, the next morning, they wake up early and set out on a snowy expedition to search for wild animals. In their grandfather’s time, the forest was full of animals — but today the forest is quiet. Where have the animals gone? This gentle adventure story about the effects of climate change ends on a hopeful note.


Touch the Earth. Julian Lennon, Bart Davis, illustrated by Smiljana Coh, $23.99 (ages 3-6)

Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it. The Flier’s mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet. Fly to the top of a mountain. Send clean water to thirsty people. Dive deep into the ocean (the Flier turns into a submarine!) to pick up pollution and bring back the fish. Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place.

A portion of the proceeds from books sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation.


Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle. Erica Fyvie & Bill Slavin, $19.99 (ages 8-12)

All the “stuff” that surrounds us has a life cycle: materials are harvested, the stuff is made and distributed, it's consumed and then it gets trashed or recycled. Using the typical contents of a child's school backpack (defined as water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals, electronics), this book explores those stages in detail, including lots of ways to reduce, reuse or recycle waste along the way. Children will gain new insight into the routine decisions they make about their own consuming and trashing or recycling practices. For example: How long does it take for a cotton T-shirt to decompose in a landfill? Can a bike helmet be made from recyclable materials? Which is better for the Earth, wrapping a sandwich in aluminum foil or plastic? By learning to use critical thinking skills to make informed choices, children will feel empowered by the important, constructive role they can play in the future health of the planet.

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UNIKKAAQATIGIIT: Arctic Weather and Climate through the Eyes of Nunavut’s Children. Edited by David Natcher, Mary Ellen Thomas & Neil Christopher, $12.95 (ages 8-14)

Compiled from writing, poetry, and illustrations created by young Nunavummiut, this anthology explores diverse aspects of the theme of weather from Inuit mythology to traditional knowledge, climate change, and daily survival. These creative works, created as part of an Arctic Weather Centre contest in the mid-1990s, are gathered here for the first time, and are accompanied by helpful information about each community represented. Through full-colour illustrations and engaging poetry and stories written both in Inuktitut and English, learn more about the vital force of Arctic weather as seen through the eyes of children.


Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family and Community. Richard Louv, $23.95

From Richard Louv, the bestselling author who defined the term “nature-deficit disorder,” Vitamin N (for “nature”) is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now, Vitamin N is a practical guidebook for the whole family, offering parents eager to share nature with their kids tips, activities, and ideas for young and old alike.


Wangari's Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa. Jeanette Winter, $11.99 (ages 4-7)

As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something — and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans.

This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.

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What Can You Do with Only One Shoe? Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent. Simon & Sheryl Shapiro, $9.95 (ages 6-9)

This book explores some of the things you can do with old cans and wire, a toilet, or shoe. Repurposing's clever, and fun to do too!


What Matters. Alison Hughes & Holly Hatam, $19.95 (ages 3-5)

What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature's connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.


Where's the Elephant? Barroux, $20.00 (ages 3-7)

A simple game of hide-and-seek quickly takes a new twist as a growing city encroaches on the jungle the animals call home. A thoughtful introduction to the topic of deforestation and conservation.

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The Wolves Return: a New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park. Celia Godkin, $19.95 (ages 6-9)

In 1995–96 twenty-three Canadian gray wolves were released in Yellowstone National Park where, due to over-hunting, there had been no wolves at all for almost seventy years. This reintroduction project was an overwhelming success. Over twenty years later we can still see the changes the gray wolves brought to Yellowstone. Now that the elk graze higher ground to escape the wolves, tree seedlings in the valley are growing tall. Rivers change as beavers use the trees to build dams, and thriving wetlands have been established. This true story offers an important lesson about the difference one creature can make in creating a healthy, thriving world.

The Wolves Return features Godkin’s evocative, full-spread pencil crayon and watercolour illustrations and is further enhanced by extensive information on the Yellowstone Wolf Project, including maps and statistics that will delight young animal lovers and inquisitive minds.


Women In Science: Rachel CarsonMarine Biologist and Author of Silent Spring. Ann Rooney, illustrated by Isobel Lundie, $12.99 (ages 7-9)

Rachel Carson was a 20th century marine biologist and science writer, whose work on the harmful effects of the insecticide DDT helped to raise awareness about humanity's impact on the natural world and the often-unintended consequences of scientific progress. Her published books, such as the famous Silent Spring, boosted the environmental movement in politics and continues to inform our understanding of the relationship between people and nature to this day. This book tells her story.


You Are the Earth: Know Your World So You Can Help Make It Better. David Suzuki & Kathy Vanderlinden, Illustrated by Wallace Edwards, $22.95 (ages 6-12)

This beautifully illustrated book explains how everything on Earth is connected and interdependent. It’s packed with scientific facts, fun activities, stories, traditions, and tips for how you can make the world a kinder, healthier, better place.

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Resources for Kids

Barefoot Book of Earth Tales. Dawn Casey & Anne Wilson, $21.99 (ages 6-10)

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea. Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson, $10.95 (ages 8-12)

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet. Nikki Tate, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

The Earth and I. Frank Asch, $11.99 (ages 4-6)

Energy Island: How One Island Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World. Allan Drummond, $26.99 (ages 6 and up)

Every Breath We Take: a Book about Air. Maya Ajmera & Dominique Browning, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

Exceptional Women Environmentalists. Frances Rooney, $10.95 (ages 9-13)

Greta and the Giants. Zoë Tucker & Zoe Persico, $24.99 (ages 4-7)

Greta's Story: the Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet. Valentina Camerini, $23.99 (ages 8-12)

I Love Our Earth. Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson & Dan Lipow, $7.95 (ages 4 and up)

An Inconvenient Truth: the Crisis of Global Warning (Revised and Adapted Edition for Younger readers). Al Gore, $23.00 (ages 8 to 14)

Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet. Elizabeth Suneby & Rebecca Green, $19.99 (ages 8-12)

It’s a Jungle Out There! 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids. Jennifer Ward, $16.00 (ages 6-12)

Kenya's Art: Recycle! Reuse! Make Art! Linda Trice, illustrated by Hazel Mitchell, $18.95  (ages 4-8)

Kids & Nature In a Jar®: Easy Ways to Love and Learn About the Outdoors. $14.99

The Mess That We Made. Michelle Lord, illustrated by Julia Blattman,  $17.95 (ages 5-7)

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. Greta Thunberg, $9.99 (ages 10+)

On Our Nature Walk: Our First Talk About Our Impact On the Environment. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

On Thin Ice. Jamie Bastedo, $14.95 (novel, ages 13+)

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One Well. Rochelle Strauss, illustrated by Rosemary Woods, $19.95 (ages 6 to 11)

Our Earth: How Kids Are Saving the Planet. Janet Wilson, $18.95 (ages 7-12)

Our House Is On Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet. Jeanette Winter, et al, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

The Secret of Water: for the Children of the World. Masuru Emoto, $16.99 (all ages)

Severn and the Day She Silenced the World. Janet Wilson, $14.95 (ages 9-13)

Sheila Says We're Weird (but we're just green). Ruth Ann Smalley, illustrated by Jennifer Emery, $10.95 (ages 6-10)

The Specific Ocean. Kyo Maclear, illustrated by  Katty Maurey, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

SPUR: a Wolf's Story. Eliza Robertson, illustrated by Nora Aoyagi, $22.95 (ages 5-9)

The Three Brothers. Marie-Louise Gay, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

Touch the Earth. Julian Lennon, Bart Davis, illustrated by Smiljana Coh, $23.99 (ages 3-6)

Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle. Erica Fyvie & Bill Slavin, $19.99 (ages 8-12)

UNIKKAAQATIGIIT: Arctic Weather and Climate through the Eyes of Nunavut’s Children. Edited by David Natcher, Mary Ellen Thomas & Neil Christopher, $12.95 (ages 8-14)

Wangari's Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa. Jeanette Winter, $11.99 (ages 4-7)

What Can You Do with Only One Shoe? Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent. Simon & Sheryl Shapiro, $9.95 (ages 6-9)

What Matters. Alison Hughes & Holly Hatam, $19.95 (ages 3-5)

Where's the Elephant? Barroux, $20.00 (ages 3-7)

The Wolves Return: a New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park. Celia Godkin, $19.95 (ages 6-9)

Women In Science: Rachel Carson — Marine Biologist and Author of Silent Spring. Ann Rooney, illustrated by Isobel Lundie, $12.99 (ages 7-9)

You Are the Earth: Know Your World So You Can Help Make It Better. David Suzuki & Kathy Vanderlinden, Illustrated by Wallace Edwards, $22.95 (ages 6-12)

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Resources for Parents and Educators

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela Hanscom, $25.95

Discovering Nature with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $36.95

Eco Literate: How Educators are Cultivating Emotional, Social and Ecological Intelligence. Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett & Zenobia Barlow, $29.95

Educating Young Children through Natural Water: How to Use Coastlines, Rivers and Lakes to Promote Learning and Development. Judit Horvath, $58.95

The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places. Gary Paul Nabhan & Stephen Trimble, $26.95

The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children. Ann Pelo, $39.95

Green Babies, Sage Moms: the Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Baby. Lynda Fassa, $16.50

Green Kids, Sage Families: the Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Kids. Lynda Fassa, $16.50

Green Mama: Giving Your Child a Healthy Start and a Greener Future. Manda Aufochs Gillespie, $19.99

How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. Scott Sampson, $22.95

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Richard Louv, $25.95

Lens on Outdoor Learning. Wendy Banning & Ginny Sullivan, $70.95

Raising Baby Green: the Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Care. Alan Greene, $18.99

Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health, Fully Updated and Expanded Edition. Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie, $27.00

Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family and Community. Richard Louv, $23.95

See related booklists: Nature: Science, Play, and Learning

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