Saturday, April 20, 2013

{Project 101} Weekly Library Challenge: Earth Day

This week for Project 101, my weekly library challenge where I share one book from the library that the boys have been reading and one book that I have been reading, I am focusing on Earth Day, coming up on Monday, April 22nd. I know many communities have events today. Our community had a major event last Saturday and their celebration is an Earth Arbor Day event with an emphasis on planting trees as well as ways to conserve water, reduce waste, encourage recycling and much more all in a commitment to help us all be a little more Earth-friendly. The book I selected of the many the boys have been reading from the library is perfect for both Earth Day and Arbor Day, which is April 26th. 

One Tree by Leslie Brockol and illustrated by Jillian Phillips is a Green Start book, printed from 98% recycled materials. I love the way the book shows how many creatures in the world truly benefit from one single tree from the birds with their nests, to the caterpillars and butterflies, to the squirrels, rabbits and deer. Plus, it takes the child through the seasons with the tree demonstrating the cycle of life for the tree and many of the creatures connected to the tree. At the back of book, there are also some tips and facts about how trees benefit the earth as producers of oxygen and absorbers of carbon dioxide and ideas for helping to save trees and reduce waste -- for parents and kids. This is the second Green Start book we have gotten from the library, and we will definitely keep our eyes out for more of them. 

This book naturally lends itself to art activities illustrating the four seasons, such as this hand print tree craft from Living Life Intentionally featured on 123 Homeschool 4 Me.

As for me, last week at the library I decided to pick out something humorous and selected Earth (The Book): A Visitors Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart and other writers from The Daily Show. Having a light, easy, satirical book on hand can be a nice change of pace, and the book does feature facts here and there that are quite relevant -- like the reality of the giant plastic mess floating out in the ocean because of all of our excessive waste. Perhaps not your typically Earth Day reading material, but an easy enjoyable read.

Here, too, are some of my favorite Earth Day activities and posts from last year, since I have not had time to share many new ones this year. (I am hoping to get our Magic Milk Science Experiment added to the blog as it ended up being very Earth-y!). In the meantime, I hope these posts from last year and some of our favorite recycled art/craft posts will inspire you to have some creative, Earth Day fun:

Earth Day Scents-ory Bin (turned kid-made pond)
Earth Day Event Photos

Save Gas: Library + Coffee Shop Outing at Home
Plastic Bottle Fish Craft
Recycled Art + Crafts from the Kids Co-Op

As I was picking what to highlight, I actually realized that so much of what we do on the blog involves recycled materials as was evidenced by the Recycled Art and Play round up we do for America Recycles Day last Fall.

Sharing at: Tuesday Tots, The Children's Bookshelf, Discover & Explore, Mom's Library        


  1. we've borrowed this book from the library too. So apt that it's printed on recycled paper.

    What a great combination of earth-friendly activities

  2. Fantastic that it's printed on recycled materials. As much as I like books, the process of printing them, esp. those with color illustrations is really damaging to the environment. Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

  3. I need to look for this book it looks wonderful. I love the ideas you tied to it. I will be sharing this post on Facebook and Pinterest.