I am a children's book publicist (and a mom) and I work with several authors who write environmental books for children. I also work with a classrrom teacher with her PhD in curriculum and instruction to create curriculum guides for these books that live as free downloadables on the authors' websites. Here are links for a guide for Anne Rockwell's book What's So Bad About Gasoline? Fossil Fuels and What They Do (http://www.annerockwell.com/teachers) and Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown, a book about the rainforests of Mexico and harvesting chicle to make chewing gum (http://www.monicabrown.net/teachers/). My question is this: Is it helpful to post information and links like these in this forum? Do you want to know about new environmentally themed children's books that might be good for use in your classrooms?
Thanks for any and all feedback!
Hey I love the book 'All Wet All Wet' by James Skofield - I am always trying to get my daughters to pick it when they choose their books for bedtime, but alas they usually prefer 'The Gruffalo.'
The books at Wilderness Awareness School are just great - they are certainly passionate (like we are) and are certainly well worth checking out.
I am using their Kamana for Kids (naturalist training) books with my little Adventurers Club. It goes through things like - expanding awareness, hazards, water, plants, trees, birds, weather and it is all washed over with a regular dose of 'giving thanks.'
As for writing their own books - what a fantastic idea! Can you get them outside to take some photos of nature that is around? Print out the photos in colour, add a few words and there you have some little published authors - and won't mum and dad be so proud. :-)
I am creating a 'Nature Journal' with my daughters. We take photos of anything interesting - especially flowers blooming, buterflies, caterpillars, and insect eggs and nests. We keep it under month by month headings so we have a record of the year in seasons. When each year roles around we know what to expect and then go a bit deeper again.
Love this stuff,
james - australia