Topic: The Living Earth

  Born With a Bang

by Jennifer Morgan

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth

The history of the universe from its beginnings with the Big Bang to the formation of the Earth and our planet’s evolution of life is presented in the form a letter written to an Earthling by the 13,000,000,000 year old universe. This imaginative, illustrated journey through time will leave readers with a sense of awe at the complexity and interconnectivity of the universe.

The Universe Story by Jennifer Morgan is a 3 book series that includes:

Born With a Bang: The Cosmic Story – the history of the universe, from its beginnings with the Big Bang through the formation of stars, galaxies and our Solar System

From Lava to Life: The Earth Story – the development of life on our planet into the vast array of plants and animals, concluding with the dinosaurs

Mammals Who Morph: The Evolution Story -- following the extinction of dinosaurs, the mammalian evolution from tiny mouse-like creatures through various other mammals leading to the appearance of humans


See also:
Rochelle Strauss' Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth
Steve Jenkins' Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution
Lisa Westberg Peters' Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story

        Grades: 2nd & up

  Earth Matters: An Encyclopedia of Ecology

by David de Rothschild

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

From the deserts to the oceans, from the polar regions to the jungles, Earth Matters is a visual exploration of the wonders of our fragile planet, an encyclopedia of ecology with spectacular color photography and a wealth of information about the biosphere. Starting with the “Big Bang” of the universe through the evolution of life in unique conditions on the "Goldilocks planet", readers can delve into the eight biomes or major life zones of the planet – polar regions, temperate forest, deserts, grasslands, tropical forest, mountains, freshwater and oceans. While investigating the ecosystems and the amazing biodiversity of these regions through photos, maps, charts and diagrams, at the same time, the fragility of the biosphere is emphasized by showing the human impacts of the overexploitation of resources, desertification, pollution and climate change. This is a celebration of the wonders of the unique Earth ecosystem that also points to practical ways of making a difference in our daily lives since "how we live in our small patch of the planet affects everything, everywhere."

This is a DK book "Made with Care"

See also:
Laurie David’s and Cambria Gordon’s, Down-To-Earth Guide to Global Warming
Marybeth Lorbiecki’s, Planet Patrol


In the Foreword to Earth Matters, David de Rothschild mentions his plans to publicize the problems facing the planet in the Plastiki Adventure when he sails in a boat made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles via the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Read more about the expedition in National Geographic's Adventure : Voyage of the Plastiki

To learn more about the East Garbage Patch of the Pacific Ocean, see:
Loree Griffin Burns’s, Tracking Trash


      Grades: 4th & up

  Eco-Fun

by David Suzuki

PAPERBACK
The Living Earth
Field Guides & Activity Books 

In the forward to his book, scientist David Suzuki writes, "This book contains activities that will help you see and experience the world in a different way, bring you into contact with nature, and remind you that you are a child of the Earth." Through a variety of fun-filled and intriguing eco-related activities, he encourages readers to get to know their world by working with air, water, soil, energy, plants and animals. The projects, experiments and games help understand the various elements, their role and interconnection as well as show how they are being damaged by recent human activity. This collection includes projects to create miniature forest ecosystems, make recycled paper and a veggie chili, measure air pollution and create a solar water heater, build wormeries and worm composters and make "green" household cleaners.

Visit: www.davidsuzuki.org

      Grades: 4th to 8th

  An Environmental Guide from A to Z

by Tim Magner

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

From the Amazon Rainforest and Greenhouse Gases, through Habitats and Plankton, to the Rethink and Redesign Revolution and Zoo, An Environmental Guide from A to Z is a comprehensive alphabetical introduction to a wide range of topics about our biosphere. Magner not only delves into the workings of our planet by exploring the role of nature’s cycles, habitats, water, trees, worms, insects and mountains such as Kilimanjaro, but also includes individuals who have made important contributions to saving our planet – Jacques Cousteau, who drew attention to the wonders of the underwater world, John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club, Paolo Lugari, who restored the South American wasteland of Gaviotas, Charles Darwin, who challenged ideas as to how nature evolved, Vo Quy, who restored tree habitats for birds after the wars in Vietnam, and, Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, whose company is designed to minimize any impacts on nature. The concepts of Reducing and Recycling are expanded upon in the Rethink & Redesign Revolution that uses innovative ideas to make "things without creating pollution and landfill waste". Readers can also learn about the role of the sun and solar energy, the benefits of xeriscaping, native species, composting, urban farming and locally grown food as well as vegetarianism. Each topic is set against delicate watercolor illustrations adorned with floating leaves containing relevant questions. This is a wonderfully engaging book for kids to explore the interconnections and workings of nature as well as learn about ways to protect the Earth.

Printed on a mix of post-consumer waste recycled paper and FSC certified paper.

For younger children, see Tim Magner's N is For Nature: An Environmental Alphabet Book

      Grades: 3rd to 8th

  From Lava to Life

by Jennifer Morgan

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth

The history of the universe from its beginnings with the Big Bang to the formation of the Earth and our planet’s evolution of life is presented in the form a letter written to an Earthling by the 13,000,000,000 year old universe. This imaginative, illustrated journey through time will leave readers with a sense of awe at the complexity and interconnectivity of the universe.

The Universe Story by Jennifer Morgan is a 3 book series that includes:

Born With a Bang: The Cosmic Story – the history of the universe, from its beginnings with the Big Bang through the formation of stars, galaxies and our Solar System

From Lava to Life: The Earth Story – the development of life on our planet into the vast array of plants and animals, concluding with the dinosaurs

Mammals Who Morph: The Evolution Story -- following the extinction of dinosaurs, the mammalian evolution from tiny mouse-like creatures through various other mammals leading to the appearance of humans


See also:
Rochelle Strauss' Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth
Steve Jenkins' Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution
Lisa Westberg Peters' Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story

        Grades: 2nd & up

  The Living Earth

by Eleonore Schmid

PAPERBACK
The Living Earth

The Earth is portrayed in its complexity as a dynamic, ever-changing system that is the source of valuable natural resources and the home of a wealth of organisms, from microbes in the soil to humans in the cities. Detailed cross-section illustrations and lucid text include depictions of the movement of water from the surface to the lower granite layer, the burrows of animals in the topsoil layer, and the microbes within the soil itself as well as descriptions of farms, forests, cities and the impact of the use of natural resources by humans. This book provides a basic introduction to a wide array of topics about the Earth including soil ecology, geology, ecosystems and conservation.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Mammals Who Morph

by Jennifer Morgan

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth

The history of the universe from its beginnings with the Big Bang to the formation of the Earth and our planet’s evolution of life is presented in the form a letter written to an Earthling by the 13,000,000,000 year old universe. This imaginative, illustrated journey through time will leave readers with a sense of awe at the complexity and interconnectivity of the universe.

The Universe Story by Jennifer Morgan is a 3 book series that includes:

Born With a Bang: The Cosmic Story – the history of the universe, from its beginnings with the Big Bang through the formation of stars, galaxies and our Solar System

From Lava to Life: The Earth Story – the development of life on our planet into the vast array of plants and animals, concluding with the dinosaurs

Mammals Who Morph: The Evolution Story -- following the extinction of dinosaurs, the mammalian evolution from tiny mouse-like creatures through various other mammals leading to the appearance of humans


See also:
Rochelle Strauss' Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth
Steve Jenkins' Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution
Lisa Westberg Peters' Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story

        Grades: 2nd & up

  My Nature Journal

by Adrienne Olmstead

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth
Field Guides & Activity Books 

As a keepsake journal of both explorative and reflective activities, this nature guide offers young people an interactive journey of discovery, understanding and appreciation of their natural world. Incorporating both sensual and intellectual skills, it provides scientific information as well as an opportunity to express creative skills through writing and sketching of field observations. A variety of illustrated discovery and understanding nature activities are clearly described, including scavenger hunts, tracking animals and magnifying glass examinations, as well as diverse reflective activities for expressing thoughts and feelings through writings, poems, constellations and drawings. Five natural worlds -- woodlands, meadows, ponds & streams, seashores and twilight -- form the settings of these fascinating explorations. Information about safety factors, responsible investigating and a glossary are also provided in this all-encompassing, engaging nature guide and journal.

      Grades: 3rd & up

  Play Lightly on the Earth

by Jacqueline Horsfall

PAPERBACK
The Living Earth
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Written with a deep understanding of children and a love of nature, Jacqueline Horsfall's "Play Lightly on the Earth" provides a wealth of creative and intriguing nature activities to inspire children, ages 3 to 9, about the natural world. The book is divided into sections to "play lightly" -- in the plant world, among the trees, on the Earth, in the wildlife world, among the birds, in the human world, in the sky and all together as one world. Children can learn about seed dispersal and root systems, the value of dead trees as habitats and the layers comprising the Earth's crust. They are encouraged to observe and imitate patterns of animal movements, learn about the use of their own senses, explore patterns in the night sky and seek relationships within plant and animal life of specific environments. Each activity clearly outlines materials needed for each project, instructions for the activity as well as questions (and hints) to promote discussions with children. This book provides a valuable resource for parents and educators to instill the sense of wonder of nature that Rachel Carson encouraged adults to reveal to their children.

See also:
Joseph Cornell's Sharing Nature With Children

      Grades: Activities for Preschool to 4th

  Reading the Earth

by David R. Brower

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Written by the late David Brower, this "Story of Wildness" takes children on a voyage through time -- from the Earth's origins through its amazing physical and biological transformations up to the recent appearance of humans. Narrating the story to three children, Brower notes the tremendous impact humans have made on the planet in recent history, but also instills the sense of wonder of the amazing design of life itself. He calls on the children to understand and help preserve the "wildness" of the Earth that sustains all life. The full-page illustrations show the four characters on their engrossing voyage through time and place, whereas "More About the Earth's Wildness" that follows the story offers deeper insight into related topics for older readers.

      Grades: Preschool & up

  This Is My Planet: The Kids' Guide to Global Warming

by Jan Thornhill

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
The Living Earth 

Thornhill takes a comprehensive look at the issues of global warming in this upbeat, positive book for kids. Beginning with an investigation into how our planet works, its natural cycles, the distinction of climate and weather, the greenhouse gases and their effect, and the methods used by scientists to study climate changes, the author then examines polar, ocean and land environments as well as human societies to explain the basics of global warming and its effects upon life throughout the planet. This informative, factual book supplemented by numerous photos and a vibrant, colorful layout clearly explains the basic workings of the planet as well as the fascinating interconnections of the world that maintain a delicate balance supporting life, showing how humans fit in. Citing the impacts of global warming and how "as a species, we humans are responsible for producing far more than our share of greenhouse gases", Thornhill also describes several innovations of human ingenuity to control greenhouse gases as well as simple solutions – "small things that can add up until they’re big things" -- that provide readers ways of living more sustainably to preserve the delicate balances and the web of life of our amazing planet.

See also:
Robyn C. Friend's and Judith L. Cohen's A Clean Sky

        Grades: 3rd to 7th

  Tree of Life

by Rochelle Strauss

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth
Animals  : Various Classes

Tree of Life is an informative, scientific overview of the incredible diversity and interrelationship of life on Earth. The branches of the five Kingdoms of classification of life are each described on two-page spreads that also include captioned images on leaves of the tree, each leaf a symbol of the members of the respective Kingdom. The Animal Kingdom is examined in more detail, branching further into the Vertebrate classification of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. The text then focuses on one specific leaf of the Tree of Life -- the leaf of humans -- showing the relationship to, as well as the tremendous impact of our species on, the Tree of Life Strauss concludes with information for becoming guardians of the Tree of Life, by learning "to live our lives within the Tree – as 1 leaf among 1,750,000". The afterword to parents and teachers adds depth to the scientific concepts and provides suggestions on fostering a biodiversity ethic with children.

      Grades: 3rd to 7th

  You Are the Earth

by David Suzuki & Kathy Vanderlinden

HARDCOVER
The Living Earth
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Suzuki wrote "You Are the Earth" to show children that we require the four physical elements -- air, water, soil, and the sun's energy -- to survive, and that we must protect this precious basis of all life. Through fascinating presentations of factual information and ancient myths, the author unfolds the wonders of our connections to the Earth and the interrelationship of all living beings in space and time -- the molecular continuum that pervades our planet and the intricate balance that sustains all life. Citing examples of what children throughout the world have done to improve social and environmental conditions, Suzuki calls upon all children to become involved in protecting the Earth since they are the Earth.

Visit: www.davidsuzuki.org

        Grades: 3rd & up