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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Books on the Environment for Youth
From bees to garbage to the water that covers most of the earth’s surface, the fascinating topics covered in this year’s top youth books about the environment will draw a wide range of young people into the crucial issues.
Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers & Wetlands. By Cathryn Berger Kaye and Philippe Cousteau. 2010. illus. Free Spirit, paper, $14.99 (9781575423487). Gr. 6–10.
Cowritten by Jacques Cousteau’s grandson, this broad-reaching call to action introduces basic concepts of global water protection and service learning through stories of international young activists.
Here Comes the Garbage Barge. By Jonah Winter. Illus. by Red Nose Studio. 2010. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780375852183). Gr. 1–3.
Based on a 1987 incident in which 3,000 tons of trash were shipped from Long Island to North Carolina, Winter’s cautionary tale is illustrated with unique photo images that underscore the story’s message to reduce waste.
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe. By Loree Griffin Burns. Illus. by Ellen Harasimowicz. 2010. Houghton, $18 (9780547152318). Gr. 6–10.
In this timely entry in the Scientists in the Field series, the author of Tracking Trash (2007) spotlights a scientific dream team investigating the possible reasons for diminishing bee colonies.
The Hole in the Wall. By Lisa Rowe Fraustino. 2010. Milkweed, $16.95 (9781571316967). Gr. 5–8.
Set in a community devastated by strip mining, Fraustino’s novel about 11-year-old Sebby and his twin combines fantastical elements with urgent environmental warnings. Winner of the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature.
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot. By Sy Montgomery. Illus. by Nic Bishop. 2010. Houghton, $18 (9780618494170). Gr. 4–7.
Winner of the 2011 Sibert Medal, Montgomery and Bishop’s latest Scientists in the Field title offers an exciting account of efforts to save the nearly extinct kakapo parrot on a remote New Zealand island.
Leo the Snow Leopard: The Story of an Amazing Rescue. By Juliana Hatkoff and others. 2010. illus. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545229272). Gr. 1–3.
Continuing the series that began with Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (2006), a father-and-daughters team of authors offer another moving story of animal conservation.
Our Earth: How Kids Are Saving the Planet. By Janet Wilson. Illus. by the author. 2010. Second Story, $18.95 (9781897187845). Gr. 2–5.
Packed with inspiring true-life stories on every spread, this collective biography introduces contemporary kids around the world who have made remarkable efforts to help protect the earth.
Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace. By Jen Cullerton Johnson. Illus. by Sonia Lynn Sadler. 2010. Lee & Low, $18.95 (9781600603679). Gr. 2–4.
Of the many recent picture-book biographies of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, this poetic, vibrantly illustrated title offers the most thorough view of the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s youth.
Ship Breaker. By Paolo Bacigalupi. 2010. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316056212). Gr. 8–12.
Bacigalupi’s YA debut won the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award for its gripping, science-fiction story of young scavengers struggling to survive on a gulf coast devastated by global warming.
Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm. By Deborah Hodge. Illus. by Brian Harris. 2010. Kids Can, $16.95 (9781554535613). Gr. 1–3.
With sensory language and interactive questions, this photo-essay about a year on a communal organic farm introduces the picture-book crowd to sustainable agriculture.
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