Picture books are imagination factories. And with imagination, anything is possible.
How to Save the World! (and the Picture Book) in 6 Easy Steps
1. Choose One (or More):
□ Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: a Compost Story by Linda Glaser, photos by Shelley Rotner
□ The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
□ Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter and Red Nose Studio
□ Redwoods by Jason Chin
□ One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss, ill. by Rosemary Woods
□ How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
□ Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
□ One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley
□ All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, ill. by Marla Frazee
□ When It’s Six O’Clock in San Francisco: a Trip Through Time Zones by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu and Randy DuBurke
□ Did you know that larvae were the original recyclers—by digesting waste and enriching the soil? That’s why What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae: a Guide for Insect Parents (and Curious Children) by Bridget Heos, ill. by Stéphane Jorisch, completes our Save the World! List. Watch for it this Spring from Lerner/Millbrook!
2. Check the picture book out from the library, or buy it.
3. Read it to kids (or have them read it.)
4. Have them write a review. Little kids can draw a picture and a smiley face if they like it. Big kids can write a couple paragraphs, complete a book review worksheet, or do something creative. For ideas, see the next post.
5. Send the reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org or 7443 Walnut, K.C., MO 64114. Include the child's first name and age, and the parent's or teacher's email address (which won’t be shared.) If you are a teacher sending in reviews, please send them in together. Watch for select reviews to appear here.
6. Give yourself a gold star. You have saved the world! (and the picture book.) You may also have won a prize.
Teacher Prizes! The first teacher to send in 20 book reviews will win Guinness World Records 2011, a 60-piece sphere world puzzle, and one of our featured picture books: When It’s Six O’Clock in San Francisco: a Trip Through Time Zones by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu and Randy DuBurke.
Kid Prizes! One book reviewer’s name will be drawn to win a U.S.A./Canada map puzzle and a picture book.
Be sure to check back in February for a sweet book list and some sweet prizes!