By Dawna Matthews
From a very young age, I have always been an avid reader, and one of my favorite share times with my daughter Chloé is story time. It’s a wonderful time for us to cuddle up and go to a whole new world. Sometimes I like to read something that is more than entertainment, something that also teaches a life lesson in a fun way. One of my focuses is on being “green,” eco-conscious, and respectful of the plants and animals. Reading books is a fantastic way for children (and the young at heart) to learn about helping the environment.
The books listed below include some of my favorites as well as a few titles from “must-read” mommy lists, and will help you and your family understand the importance of going “green”!
1 — Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers
The siblings in this series are Chloé’s and my favorites. They are so adorable, and always have an adventure which is both fun and educational. This book teaches a lesson on recycling, its importance, and donating old toys as Lola takes part in a friendly recycling competition. She even gets her classmates to join in on the fun. This book is printed on FSC-(Forest Stewardship Council) approved paper, and includes recycling tips and a bonus tree poster so your children can keep track of their recycling projects and help to save the planet.
A classic Dr. Seuss book from when I was kid, it is always a favorite! The illustrations are beautiful and the message of the environment’s plight is apparent,but the famous Seuss-rhyming we all enjoy makes it accessible. The Lorax is a sweet character who stands up for the trees and shows children the effects of deforestation.
3 — Easy To Be Green: Simple Activities You Can Do To Save the Earth
This activity book with coloring pages contains Earth-saving tips, fun facts and easy ideas for children to help the environment. This is perfect for older children who are more independent. Extra environmental bonus — it is printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with soy-ink and is FSC certified.
4 — Jam and Honey
My daughter Chloé loves bees and picked this book on her own when we went to the Butterfly Pavilion. This story teaches young ones about respecting all creatures big and tiny as it follows a little girl on her way to gather berries when she encounters a bee on its way to gather nectar. Itshows different points of view and is altogether heart-warming.
This is more appropriate for elementary-aged children and explores what it means to “go green.” The little boy in this illustrated picture book goes on an educational adventure as he discovers simple ways to conserve resources and keep the Earth clean.
All of these books are a great way to celebrate Mother Earth and all her fuzzy creatures. When I read them with my daughter, I am reminded of what I can do as well as the fun activities our family can participate in to protect and preserve the environment. It’s never too early to teach our kids and get them thinking about the environment, bio-diversity, recycling and more.
All of this literature can be purchased at a local bookstore or online. For more information on the Forest Stewardship Council, visit: www.fsc.org
Happy Green Reading!