Reading is an excellent way to foster children’s understanding about conservation. With the
right reading materials, children will learn the importance of protecting the environment and
Mother Earth. What better way than through stories? With engaging and informative stories that
they read about the environment, they can share what they have learnt with their family and
friends. Such information will emphasise to children that everyone plays a part in protecting
and taking care of the environment.
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
Author: Lynne Cherry
Publisher: San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.
Call No.: JP CHE
Summary: A man wants to chop down a great Kapok Tree. He feels tired and lays himself to rest. When he falls asleep, all the creatures that live in the tree whisper into his ear, begging him not to chop down the tree. This is a heart-warming story about conservation and loving the natural environment around us.
The Dandelion Seed's Big Dream
Author: Joseph Anthony
Publisher: Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications, 2014.
Call No.: JP ANT
Summary: A dandelion seed floats away. Being the last seed on the dandelion flower, it floats all by itself into an unfamiliar world. It encounters many difficulties. It floats through a vast and uninhabitable concrete corridors, gets stuck in a spider’s web and becomes trapped in some rubbish! Will the dandelion seed ever become a dandelion flower? This story teaches about the importance of resilience.
Arthur Turns Green
Author: Marc Tolon Brown
Publisher: New York: Little, Brown, 2011.
Call No.: JP BRO
Summary: Arthur is really excited! He is going to do a big project that will help to turn the planet into a better place. All day long, Arthur sneaks around the house, unplugging things and mumbling to himself about “The Big Green Project”. DW gets really worried for Arthur as all she hears is “The Big Green Machine”. When Arthur comes home with green hands, DW thinks that the Big Green Machine is slowly turning her brother green! Find out what this Green Machine is and what is making Arthur so excited.
Christopher's Bicycle: A Tale of Cycling and Recycling
Author: Charlotte Middleton
Publisher: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Call No.: JP CHR
Summary: There was a lot of noise coming from the shed. Something is happening in the Nibble’s shed! When the noise dies down, Christopher is presented with a beautiful handmade recycled bicycle. This gives him an idea for his own recycling project. He starts to go down the street and collects items for his project. Find out what his project is about!
I Can Save the Ocean! : The Little Green Monster Cleans Up the Beach
Author: Alison Inches
Publisher: New York: Little Simon, 2010.
Call No.: JP INC
Summary: “The ocean isn’t a trash bin!” said Max. Everywhere he goes, he sees beach-goers and boaters throwing trash into the beautiful ocean. On the streets, he sees people carelessly dumping rubbish into gutters which lead to the ocean. Max is determined to clean up the ocean that he loves so much.
The Bear with the Sword
Author: Davide Cali & Gianluca Foli
Publisher: Albert Park, Vic.: Wilkins Farago, 2010.
Call No.: JP CAL
Summary: Have you ever wondered what will happen when all our forests and trees are destroyed? In this story, a huge and grumpy bear with a big and powerful sword goes around and destroys the forests. Before long, his home is flooded by a huge gush of water. Thinking that the forest animals may have started this, he goes on a rampage, threatening every creature he knows. This story provides a timely reminder to all that we need to protect our precious resources before it is too late.
Recycling is Fun
Author: Charles Ghigna
Publisher: North Mankato, Minn.: Picture Window Books, 2012.
Call No.: JP GHI
Summary: Learn about rhyming and recycling together! In this book, children learn how to sort out trash according to different materials. The book also comes with instructions on how to make a recycled
snake using a pair of old tights or sweater sleeves.
Author: Elly MacKay
Publisher: Philadelphia: RP Kids, 2015.
Call No.: JP MAC
Summary: With paper cutouts as the main media for illustration, children are transported into the personal world of a little girl who misses her home and the butterflies in it. Her heart lights up when she sees a beautiful gate with the words “Butterfly Park”. Alas! There is not a single butterfly fluttering around in Butterfly Park! Determined to get the butterflies back, she gathers the help of the neighborhood kids. They realize that Butterfly Park needs one magical component to attract the butterflies. What is the magical component?
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