Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd this year. This event promotes environmental awareness and focuses awareness on topics including recycling, habitat destruction, and making sustainable choices as a family. The theme of Earth Day can be combined with reading fiction and non-fiction books at home and using online resources to learn about ways they can make a positive impact on Earth.
A popular environmental story that kids of all ages love is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The book is written in prose with Dr. Seuss’ typical silly style and “made- up” words. The theme of the book covers the problem of destruction of the environment and the ever lasting effects it has on the landscape and animals. In addition, there is a film version of the book that kids would love to see after reading the book.
A great book for upper-elementary and middle school aged kids is Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. This story tells a tale of children who reach out to protect the habitat of burrowing owls in South Florida from a construction site. Many of Carl Hiaasen’s books for tweens are also related to how kids can make a positive change for the environment.
Time for Kids online has an online mini-website dedicated to non-fiction articles and activities about Earth Day. This is a great resource to have your children learn more about “going green,” protecting endangered species, the impact of trash, and creating a better and safer earth.
What activities do you have planned to celebrate Earth Day at home?