Share These Earth-Friendly Books For Kids

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Share an earth-friendly message with young children this month with these selections that expand on a child’s natural curiosity about the world and encourage a focus on understanding and caring for the planet. And be sure to check our online book blog, Carol’s Bookshelf, for some great spring giveaways.

In The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute (Anymore) by Stan and Jan Berenstain (Random House, $3.99), the young Berenstain bears realize how many problems pollution is causing and they start an Earthsavers Club to encourage grown-ups to clean up their act. Ages toddler to preschool. Hardcover and paperback.

Hannah and the Talking Tree (Free Focus Publishing, $16.95) is about a little girl who has such big ears she can even hear the grass grow. Hannah uses her unusual gift to befriend a tree and help the natural world around her. A great book for teaching children the importance of caring for their world. Written and illustrated by Elke Weiss. Ages 3-7. Hardcover.

In Water, Weed and Wait (Trycycle Press, $15.99), the students at Pepper Lane Elementary School are starting a garden. Their teacher, Miss Marigold, tells them gardens take plans, plants and people and then “you water, weed and wait.” Written by Edith Hope Fine and Angela Demos Halpin. Illustrated by Colleen Madden. Ages 4-7. Hardcover.

From the best-selling illustrator of The Quiet Book, Renata Liwska, comes a picture book that welcomes spring. Red Wagon (Philomel, $16.99) is a story about the outdoor adventures of Lucy, who wants to play with her new red wagon but instead is sent to the market to bring some vegetables home for her mother. Ages 4-8. Hardcover.

I Love Bugs (Holiday House, $16.95) by Emma Dodd is a brightly colored book for young children that explores the wonders of creepy, crawly critters of all kinds. In rhyming couplets, a young boy describes what he likes about “flouncy, frilly, flutter bugs” and other creatures found in everyday outdoor adventures. Ages 4-8. Hardcover and paperback.

Arthur Turns Green (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99) is a new selection in Marc Brown’s popular series featuring Arthur and his sister, D.W. In this story, Arthur’s sister is suspicious when she notices him sneaking around the house, but Arthur has nothing but good intentions. He may even convince his whole family to turn green! Printed on recycled paper with soy ink. Ages 4-8. Hardcover.

The author will be at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh, Monday, April 4, 2011, at 5 p.m.

Young treasure hunters will want to start spring with I Spy an Egg in a Nest (Scholastic, $3.99), a fun seek-and-find book for beginning readers. Riddles by Jean Marzollo and photographs by Walter Wick. Ages 4-8. Hardcover and paperback.

E is for Environment: Stories to Help Children Care for Their World – at Home, at School and at Play (Simon & Schuster, $18.99) is a book of 26 short stories in which two children, Elliot and his sister Lucy, learn ways to be eco-friendly. Each chapter includes short, interactive questions to help children think about how they can help preserve the planet. Written by award-winning television writer Ian James Corlett and illustrated by R.A. Holt. Ages 7 and up. Kindle, hardcover and paperback.

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