Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature.
Every month I’ll be encouraging anyone who likes to review books for children (of any age) to leave links to their reviews of books that match the given month’s theme. The idea is that over time, this carnival will become a resource for parents, teachers, carers, librarians looking for books by subject.
Old reviews, new reviews, and reviews for any age are welcome. You may also submit multiple reviews, as long as they are all relevant to this month’s theme.
This month’s theme is…
**Green Issues, including sustainability, recycling and climate change**
Below you’ll find links to reviews of books for all ages of kids with a green theme. If, however, you are looking for green-themed activities to go with the books below you should check out this month’s Red Ted Art Get Crafty post featuring lots of recycling activities. Thanks, Maggy, for once more collaborating!
First up is Jeff from NC Teacher Stuff with a review of Energy Island. written and illustrated by Allan Drummond, a non fiction book about a Danish island which is 100% self sufficient in renewable energy. Jeff writes, “Energy Island is an inspiring true tale of what individuals and communities can accomplish when they are determined to reach a goal. This book is a great vehicle for introducing the terms renewable and nonrenewable energy.”
Anastasia Suen introduces us to Waiting for Ice, written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Alan Marks. It’s about an orphaned polar bear struggling not just because she’s lost her mother, but also because the ice polar bears rely on for hunting is shrinking.
Library Mice brings us a review of Look After Your Planet (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child. “This is a great little book packed full of information about recycling disguised into a fun story. The book includes a sticker tree counter chart to keep track of your recycling.”
A second offering from Library Mice is a favourite of mine, Christopher Nibble by Charlotte Middleton (you can read my review here). Melanie comments, “The book is also a great tool to explain sustainability, a concept which is not usually particularly child-friendly. This is one book which will have countless uses in an infant school setting; it is so satisfying to find a book which carries so many positive messages, and has plenty of dotted bits of humour as well.”
Over at Perogies and Gyoza there is a review of Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea by Helaine Becker, illustrated by: Willow Dawson. “This book is presented as an environmental and science experiment book for older elementary school kids, but a few of the experiments are appropriate even for my kindergarteners.”
The Carbon Diaries 2015 and 2017 by Saci Lloyd are reviewed over on Did you ever stop to think & forget to start again? “Whilst 2015 had its strengths, I think exploring the transition from this world to the next weakened it. 2017, with its ferocious unstinting presentation of the new world order, is a powerful book. And it’s one that feels somehow much more terrifying and acute than its predecessor.”
Rosalind and ReadItDaddy in the comments both recommended The Lost Stars by Hannah Cumming and so Library Mice returned with her review. “The Lost Stars illustrates the effects of light pollution in cities and offers a fairly harsh criticism of our hectic lives which leaves little or no space for appreciating the simplest of things: the world around us.”
Ali at Fantastic Reads has a review of Leopard Adventure by Anthony McGowan, about a summer spent by a 12 year old girl on an adventure-filled conservation trip to rescue a rare Amur leopard and her cubs from a threatening forest fire in Russia. “Highly recommended for readers 9+”
For a selection of book apps about green issues you should head on over to Capptivated Kids where WWF Together by World Wildlife Fund gets a special commendation. “This is the first app I have downloaded in 2013 which truly has the Wow factor. It is an absolutely beautiful app, which includes amazing photos, videos and interesting facts about a number of endangered species.”
Several more books have been recommended by readers in the comments below – do take a look at what has been suggested.
Next month's themed carnival is dedicated to books about bullying, and will take place on February 11.