It IS Easy Being Green!
Being Green IS easy and it's also lots of fun! Check out these books and websites for games, projects, fun facts, and of course... Great stories about what it means to "Be Green."
Biodiversity: Everything Counts!
This extensive website has games, activites, interviews, and interactive learning sections exploring and explaining the complicated and fascinating structure of earth's biodiversity. You can even submit questions about the environemnt to a Scientists from the American Museum of Natural History!
Biology For Kids: Plants
This science website educates kids about the biology of plants. Explains everything from how photosynthesis works to how humans and plants work together to create civilization. Quizzes and a slideshow offer additional educational support.
Go to this United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website and see what Buster Butterfly and the chameleons K.C., Koko, and Kool can teach you about air pollution and air quality. (A portion of this website is also available in Spanish.)
My First Garden
Visit the My First Garden website and discover how to plan, plant, nurture, and enjoy your own flower or vegetable garden! Learn about a variety of flowers and vegetables and their growing seasons, discover all the unusual places a garden can grow, write your own garden journal, and once you've got your garden growing... Submit pictures to the Garden Gallery! Brought to you by the University of Illinois. (Available in English and Spanish languages.)
Help Gus the gorilla gather all the trash in the park and put it in its proper place playing National Geographic Kids Recycle Roundup -- a fun and informative game where kids can learn how to sort trash for recycling.
Meet "The Greens", an environmentally conscious family exploring green living! Interact with educational and quirky animated episodes, a blog, green games, fun quizzes, and interesting facts and figures you can use to help make informed decisions on how to live green. Produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation.
The Lorax Project
The Dr. Seuss Lorax Project website provides information about endangered forests and the vulnerable animals that live in them. Help the Lorax by making a pledge to be a friend of the environment! Enjoy games, online coloring pages, and learn new ways to save the trees!
At this National Park Service website kids can sign up to become WebRangers! Once they sign up they can build their own ranger stations, send picture postcards to friends, play games, and view National Park webcams while learning about nature, animals, and park history.
Articles & Databases
Want to know how old the Earth is? Is it thousands, millions, or billions of years old? The New Book of Popular Science will inform you of all the different ways scientists are trying to find out. Go to the New Book of Popular Science, click on the SciClopedia, click on Earth Science, and then click on the heading "How old is the Earth" to learn more.
A brand-new day! with Mouse and Mole
written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee
In this easy reader best friends Mouse and Mole learn about how what is "old" can be "new" again.
Gardening with children
by Monika Hannemann ... [et al.] ; SAm Tomasello, illustrator ; Sigrun Wolff Saphire, editor
This handbook published by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden teaches kids the basics of gardening as well as about composting science, nature's cycles, grocery store botany and more! Includes a glossary of plant and gardening terms, tips for adult caregivers, and print and online resources for further research.
Joseph had a little overcoat
Based on an Eastern European folk song, where a very old overcoat gets recycled over into numerous items of clothing. In this die-cut picture book see Joseph's overcoat become a vest, a tie, and even a book! Includes original folk song "I had a little Overcoat".
Just Grace goes green
written and illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper
In this chapter book Grace learns about recycling for her class project, tries to find her best friend Mimi's lost stuffed animal Willoughby, and becomes a "superhero of conservation." Illustratoins, lists, and diagrams throughout the book making for an educational and fun read.
Mama Miti : Wangari Maathai and the trees of Kenya
written by Donna Jo Napoli ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of Nobel Prize Winner Wangari Maathai, founder of the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya and her efforst in inspiring a nation to plant trees for peace. Includes a glossary of Kikuya words, and Internet resources about Maathai and The Greenbelt Movement.
Planet Earth : 25 environmental projects you can build yourself
Kathleen M. Reilly
From the Projects You Can Build Yourself series, this book illustrates 25 enviromental hands-on science projects such as a wind-powered bubble machine, a pocket sundial, and an ozone hole magic trick! Environmental science is explained throughout with fun facts, trivia, a glossary of terms and resources for further research.
The curious garden
by Peter Brown
A boy named Liam Explores the gray city in search of plant life to nurture and grow. Eventually, his handiwork spreads all over the city. New York City's own Highline Park was an inspiration for this picture book.
The down-to-earth guide to global warming
by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon
A humorous and fact-filled book explaining global warming, its effects on our Earth, and what kids can do about it.
by Dr. Seuss
In this easy reader the Once-ler pollutes the air, land, and water making Thneeds while the Lorax tries to protect the Truffula Forest and its inhabitants. A classic children's book promoting ecological consciousness.