Celebrate Earth Day by checking out these environmental reads available at the Abington Community Library:
• Everywhere Charlotte goes, it’s noisy. Floorboards groan, the TV blares, and sirens wail. Charlotte searches for a quiet place outside: a place where she can be alone and just breathe. Young children will enjoy “Charlotte and the Quiet Place,” written by Deborah Sosin and illustrated by Sara Woolley.
• When a tornado destroyed nearly everything in Greensburg, Kansas in 2007, it could have been the end of this little town. But amid the destruction, residents decided to build for the future and build green. Allan Drummond’s picture book, “Green City,” not only contains an inspirational story and bright illustrations but also a lesson in sustainability.
• Discover more of our home planet with the “National Geographic Kids Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas.” Page through maps, games, and activities and learn about the cultures that make up our world.
• Children who enjoy books about pioneers living off the land will love Carole Estby Dagg’s middle-grade novel, “Sweet Home Alaska.” Times are tough during the Great Depression, and Terpischore’s family decides to make a go of it in Alaska. Terpischore’s can-do attitude will sure come in handy when it comes to growing vegetables and starting the town’s first library!
• Buy local, bring your own bag, start a compost pile, take shorter showers. …There are plenty of practical ways to protect the environment and make the earth a better place. Check out “Save the Planet: 50 Simple Ways to Go Green Now!” by Gregory Rutty. And don’t forget to follow the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
• Kylie Jean Carter’s dream is to see Jacksonville crowned “The Prettiest Town in Texas.” The whole second grade class works hard to beautify the school playground in “Kylie Jean: Green Queen” by Marci Peschke.
• Fans of Judy Moody will enjoy “Just Grace Goes Green” by Charise Mericle Harper. As always, Grace is ready to help out. But can she save the planet?
Laura Gardoski is head of youth services at the Abington Community Library. Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.