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Albert Einstein said it best when he stated that “Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” And let’s face it, young people today learn from many influential people- the most important being their parents, but also teachers, friends and even athletes and celebrities. So when we teach kids about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling, they should be seeing and hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth!
Recycle This Book: 100 Top Children’s Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green is a collection of essays from renowned children’s books authors. As the title indicates, 100 authors come together to compile simple tips for families to use to help save the planet and have fun while doing it. Some of the authors include Ann Brashares, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Bruce Coville, Daniel Pinkwater, Jack Prelutsky, Jane Yolen, Eve Bunting, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jon Scieszka, and Rick Riordan.
Did you know Gail Gibbons heats her Vermont home with solar panels? And Anne Brashares, author of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” doesn’t own a car! There are so many gems in this book which make it a great tool to teach young readers how they can help make the Earth a greener place. I think it’s wonderful that young readers can learn from their favorite authors.
Gennifer Choldenko, author of “Al Capone Does My Shirts,” suggests buying reusable water bottles, putting each person’s name on them and filling them with water from the tap.
Jane Yolen suggests eating leftovers for breakfast: don’t throw food away.
Joseph Bruchac (“Buffalo Song”) suggests to reuse and recycle paper and envelopes.
What I like about this book is that you’ll find ideas you might not have thought of before or you’ll realize that great minds think alike! Either way, it gives you the chance to peek into the lives of people that bring you your favorite stories, and the ultimate result is making a positive impact on Mother Earth.
Edited by: Dan Gutman
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Yearling (March 24, 2009)
write by Fergus