makefield.jpgOn April 13, we hosted a #SchoolsofCharacter chat that focused on ways educators can connect character education to their Earth Day initiatives. Question 4, “What are your favorite children’s books that promote environmental action?” prompted so many great responses that we wanted to share them with you. These suggestions are elementary level texts. If you have to resources for older students, we’d love to hear them in the comments!

Sean Sweeney, Principal at Clara Barton Elementary recommended a classic Earth Day read, The Lorax  by Dr. Seuss.

Schools of Character Director, Sheril Morgan suggested One Plastic Bag, by Miranda Paul, for the global perspective that it offers.

Kirsten Anderson, Library Media Specialist at Jonas Salk Middle School recommended Westlandia by Paul Fleischman.

Rebecca Bauer, a staff member and children’s literature enthusiast, recommended Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown.

Kerin Slattery, Director of English for Levittown Schools shared her two favorites, The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry and Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg.

Educators from Fox Early Childhood Center (Missouri) recommended a number of great books for your youngest readers…

    • The EARTH Book, by Todd Parr
    • How Does a Seed Grow?, by Sue Kim
    • 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World, by Melanie Walsh
    • The Earth and I, by Frank Asch
    • Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug, by Ellie Bethel
    • Big Yellow Sunflower by France Barry
    • Over in the Meadow by Jane Cabrera
    • The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward
    • Dandelions Stars in the Grass by Mia Posada
    • Recycle Every Day by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


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