Books for Independent Reading


Dinosaurs to the Rescue! A Guide to Protecting Our Planet
by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
Little 1992 (32p)
Up-to-date dinosaurs offer practical suggestions for preserving the environment.
My First Green Book
by Angela Wilkes
Knopf 1991 (48p)
A Large-format book with experiments, projects, and tips for environmentalists.
Recycle! A Handbook for Kids
by Gail Gibbons
Little 1992 (32p)
Tips for recycling paper, glass, aluminum cans, plastic, and polystyrene.
Grandfather's Dream
by Holly Keller
Greenwillow 1994 (32p)
Grandfather hopes that restoring the wetland will bring the cranes back to his
Vietnamese village.
It's My Earth Too: How I Can Help the Earth Stay Alive
by Kathleen Krull
Doubleday 1992 (32p)
Suggestions on how children can use Earth's resources wisely.
by Helen Cowcher
Farrar 1990 (32p); also paper
A compelling tale of people's effect on the balance of nature. Available in
Spanish asAntártida.
by Helen Cowcher
Farrar 1991 (32p)
A ranger tries to save a tigress and her cubs. Available in Spanish asLa tigresa.


Amazon Boy
by Ted Lewin
Macmillan 1993 (32p)
A visit to the harbor in Belém gives a boy new appreciation of the rain forest.
Listening to Crickets: A Story About Rachel Carson
by Candice F. Ransom
(Social Studies)
Carolrhoda 1993 (56p); also paper
A biography of one of the pioneers of ecology.
Crocodile Smile: 10 Songs of the Earth as the Animals See It
by Sarah Weeks and Lois Ehlert
Harper 1994 (42p)
Ten songs of the earth, each from an endangered animals point of view. With cassette.
Prince William
by Gloria Rand
Holt 1992 (32p)
A girl rescues an oil-covered seal pup on an Alaskan beach.
At Home in the Rain Forest
by Diane Willow
Charlesbridge 1991 (32p)
Stresses the interrelatedness of all life forms. Available in Spanish asDentrol de la selva tropical.
Will We Miss Them? Endangered Species
by Alexandra Wright
Charlesbridge 1991 (32p)
The author, an eleven-year-old girl, provides a glimpse of endangered species.
Available in Spanish as¿Les echaremos de menos? Especies en peligro de extinción.
Recyclables Fun: Creative Craft Ideas
by Diane Cherkerzian
Boyds Mills 1995 (48p)
Kids learn new uses for milk cartons, paper bags, and other disposables.
Sato and the Elephants
by Juanita Havill
Lothrop 1993 (32p)
A carver of ivory decides to become a stone carver instead.
Someday a Tree
by Eve Bunting
Clarion 1993 (32p)
A girl plants an acorn after someone dumps chemicals on her favorite oak.
Farewell to Shady Glade
by Bill Peet
Houghton 1991 (48p); also paper
Animals in a treehouse watch as their home is destroyed by a bull-dozer.
Dear World: How Children Around the World Feel About Our Environment
by Lannis Temple
Random 1993 (152p)
Letters and art concerning the environment from children of thirty-six countries.
Earth Words: A Dictionary of the Environment
by Seymour Simon
Harper 1995 (48p)
An illustrated dictionary of environmental terms such asacid rain,wetlands, andbiodegradable.
Letting Swift River Go
by Jane Yolen
Little 1992 (32p)
The countryside where Sally Jane once lived is flooded to create a reservoir.


El gran capoquero: un cuento de la selva amazónica(The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest)
by Lynne Cherry
Text in Spanish.
Alligators: A Success Story
by Patricia Lauber
Holt 1993 (64p)
Information on the once-threatened alligator, thriving now because of protective
by Virginia Hamilton
Scholastic 1995 (32p)
Destruction of the rain forest forces a wildcat to find a new home.
The Great Squirrel Uprising
by Don Elish
Orchard 1992 (113p)
Sally helps the animals of Central Park protest the acts of human litterbugs.
Compost Critters
by Bianca Lavies
Dutton 1993 (32p)
Larger-than-life color photos reveal the activities of the creatures living in a compost pile.
The Endangered Florida Panther
by Margaret Goff Clark
Dutton 1993 (48p)
Focuses on what is being done to save this animal.
Earth Keepers
by Joan Anderson
(Social Studies)
Harcourt 1993 (96p)
Photo essay on biologist Lynn Rogers, a community garden in New York, and activities aboard the sloop Clearwater.
Our Vanishing Farm Animals: Saving America's Rare Breeds
by Catherine Paladino
Little 1991 (32p)
Appealing photos of disappearing breeds with explanations of why they should be saved.
by George Ancona
(Social Studies)
Macmillan 1990 (48p)
Profile of John Cronin and his work to protect the Hudson River.
Sanctuary: The Story of Three Arch Rocks
by Mary Ann Fraser
(Social Studies)
Holt 1994 (32p)
Photos taken in 1903 helped persuade Teddy Roosevelt to establish this national wildlife refuge.
One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest
by Jean Craighead George
Crowell 1990 (56p)
The last-minute discovery of an unnamed butterfly prevents developers from cutting down a Venezuelan rain forest.


And Then There Was One: The Mysteries of Extinction
by Margery Facklam
Little 1990 (56p); also paper
A look at what causes animals to become endangered or extinct.
Gaylord Nelson: A Day for Earth
by Jeffrey Shulman and Teresa Rogers
(Social Studies)
Holt 1992 (68p)
A biography of the Wisconsin senator credited with creating Earth Day in 1970.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the Everglades
by Jennifer Bryant
(Social Studies)
Holt 1992 (72p)
A biography that chronicles Douglas's struggle to save the Florida Everglades.
Rescue Mission: Planet Earth: A Children's Edition of Agenda 121
Kingfisher 1994 (96p)
A collection of stories, poems, essays, and interviews on environmental issues written by youth from around the world.
Our Endangered Planet: Antarctica
by Suzanne Winckler and Mary Rogers
Lerner 1992 (64p)
Straightforward account of environmental problems. Available in Spanish asNuestro planeta en peligro: La Antártida.
Our Endangered Planet: Tropical Rain Forests
by Carnelia Mutel and Mary M. Rogers
Lerner 1991 (64p)
Describes problems and suggests solutions. Available in Spanish asNuestro planeta en peligro: Las slevas tropicales.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

The Talking Earth
by Jean Craighead George
Harper 1983 (160p) Harper 1987 paper
A Seminole girl gains a new appreciation for the earth and her heritage.
Available in Spanish asLa tierra que habla.
The Big Book for Our Planet
edited Ann Durrell, et al.
Dutton 1993 (136p)
A Variety of well-known authors contributed to this collection of poetry, stories, and nonfiction about the earth.
The Earth is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems About Our Planet
by Barbara Brenner
Scholastic 1993 (96p)
Poems by various well-known poets.