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September 15, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Books on the Environment for Youth
This year’s roundup of best youth books about the environment, all reviewed in Booklist in the last 12 months, is filled with stories of diverse people, from real-world animal conservationists to fairy-tale princesses who devote their lives to restoring the earth.
The Apple-Pip Princess. By Jane Ray. Illus. by the author. 2008. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763637477). PreS–Gr. 2.
A princess rescues her kingdom by planting seeds in this beautiful, original fairy tale that celebrates the transformative power of growing things.
Evolving Planet: Four Billion Years of Life on Earth. By Erica Kelly and Richard Kissel. 2008. illus. Abrams, $19.95 (9780810994867). Gr. 5–8.
Spacious, eye-catching pages pack in a wealth of information about evolution over four billion years and link theories about dinosaur extinction to urgent questions about global warming today.
Exodus. By Julie Bertagna. 2008. Walker, $16.95 (9780802797452). Gr. 6–10.
This sweeping, futuristic fantasy envisions a ravaged earth, submerged almost entirely in water after a century of global warming–induced ice melt and storms.
Finding Home. By Sandra Markle. Illus. by Alan Marks. 2008. Charlesbridge, $15.95 (9781580891226). K–Gr. 3.
Based on the true story of a koala, this picture book, narrated in dramatic free verse, tells a gripping story about animals pushed into human neighborhoods by shrinking habitats.
A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts. By Pamela S. Turner. 2008. illus. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa, $21.95 (9780374345785). Gr. 5–8.
Vivid, moment-by-moment descriptions of life in the field will draw readers into this biography of pioneering environmentalist Schaller, a founder of the modern animal conservation movement.
Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life. By Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. Illus. by Molly Bang. 2009. Scholastic/Blue Sky, $16.99 (9780545044226). PreS–Gr. 3.
Exceptionally vibrant and clear, this introduction to photosynthesis, narrated by the sun, moves beyond basic science facts to show the awe-inspiring links between all living things.
Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City. By Janet Schulman. Illus. by Meilo So. 2008. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375845581). Gr. 1–3.
Whimsical, elegant watercolor-and-pencil artwork illustrates this true story about a family of red-tailed hawks that sparked animal-protection debates after well-heeled Manhattan residents threatened to remove their nest.
Planting the Trees of Kenya. By Claire A. Nivola. Illus. by the author. 2008. Farrar/Frances Foster, $16.95 (9780374399184). K–Gr. 3.
Direct, spare prose and bright, delicate watercolors introduce Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai, founder of the green-belt movement and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her environmental and human rights achievements.
What the World Eats. By Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel. Illus. by Peter Menzel. 2008. Tricycle, $22.99 (9781582462462). Gr. 4–8.
In this youth version of the award-winning adult title Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (2005), the authors greatly expand their survey of global diets and encourage young readers to consider the connections between environmental conditions, poverty, health, and food.
The Wolves Are Back. By Jean Craighead George. Illus. by Wendell Minor. 2008. Dutton, $16.99 (9780525479475). Gr. 3–5.
George shows how the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone Park has restored the area’s ecological balance in this beautifully illustrated story that focuses on a single wolf pup.
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