SubTopic: Global Warming

  365 Penguins

by Jean-Luc Fromental

HARDCOVER
Animals : Birds
Environmental Themes  : Global Warming

The life of a family becomes gradually "penguinized" when every day, beginning on the first of January, a mysterious package arrives with a new penguin. As the penguins increase in number, the family attempts to find humorous new solutions to deal with the increasing population of birds that need to be fed, organized and housed. Over the months, the comedy continues as penguins play piano, watch TV, swim in the backyard pool and take over the house. 365 days and penguins later, on New Year’s Eve, the doorbell rings and Uncle Victor, an ecologist who has been sending the penguin packages, explains he needs to protect the birds whose Antarctic habitat is gradually melting due to global warming. Although to the relief of the family, he leaves the house with a truck full of penguins, another mysterious, yet different, parcel soon arrives. This hilarious story with zany illustrations to explore is a fun adventure in math and counting that also conveys an environmental message to young readers.

      Grades: Kindergarten to 4th

  The Down-To-Earth Guide to Global Warming

by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Global Warming

Humorous, informative, engrossing and positive, The-Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming explains the basic concepts of global warming to children, describing its effects on the planet -- from the "weird, wacky weather" to its impact on plant and animal life -- and presents ways to protect the environment. This is a great resource to educate and empower kids. Loaded with interesting facts, at times from a humorous bent, as well as numerous photographs and illustrations, this comprehensive guide offers concrete solutions to inform and encourage kids to take action in their everyday lives at their homes, schools and communities to Stop Global Warming.

To learn more about global warming visit:
StopGlobalWarming.org

      Grades: 3rd to 7th

  Global Warming

by Laurence Pringle

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Global Warming: The Threat of Earth's Changing Climate provides a well-illustrated introduction to the controversial issue of global warming for young readers. Science writer Pringle presents the causes of global warming as well as the repercussions to our planet from a climactic, ecologic and economic stance. The author examines topics including the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, the use of fossil fuels, the effects of deforestation and the repercussions of warming temperatures on the global scale. Color photographs, maps, diagrams, a glossary and a listing of sources for further reading supplement the text.

      Grades: 3rd to 8th

  How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate

by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Global Warming

Here is the science behind the headlines: evidence from flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs, trees, glaciers and much more, gathered by scientists from all over the world, sometimes with assistance from young "citizen scientists;" also presenting what can be done to learn about climate change and to take action to make a difference. (Dawn Publications)


See also:
Carol Manor's A Teacher's Guide to How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate , a resource for parents and educators to help explore global warming through engaging lessons and classroom activities. (Dawn Publications)
Kathleen Simpson's Extreme Weather: Science Tackles Global Warming and Climate Change , from the National Geographic Investigates Science series.

        Grades: 5th to 8th

  An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming

by Al Gore

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Adapted for the generation of the 21st century, this book is based upon Al Gore’s noted documentary film that convincingly presents the crisis of Global Warming. Citing numerous examples of the dramatic planetary changes, Gore explains the climate crisis, its causes and the consequences to all of life on our planet for our not taking action to put a stop to Global Warming. Striking photographs from around the world include images of droughts, storms, and the rapid melting of mountain glaciers and polar ice caps; graphs depict the drastic increase of carbon dioxide concentrations since the industrial era and the enormous increases in temperature during the past fifty years; maps and diagrams portray regions of melting of polar ice as well as areas of coastlines that will be affected by rising sea levels. Through this knowledge of the human-caused planetary changes and the hopeful fact that by our choices each of us can become part of the solution, Gore calls upon young readers to make the 21st century "a time of renewal by seizing the opportunities that are bound up in this crisis" to preserve the health of our beautiful planet for generations to come.

Printed on chlorine-free paper -- 30% postconsumer waste; virgin fibers grown under a certified forestry management system.

To learn more visit ClimateCrisis.net

See also:
Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming , a resource for parents and educators for teaching fundamental concepts of Global Warming that provides tools to raise awareness and take action in the classroom and community setting. ( New Society Publishers )

        Grades: 5th to 8th

  The Last Polar Bears

by Harry Horse

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Environmental Themes  : Global Warming

Through a series of extra-ordinary letters to the grandchild, Grandfather narrates his expedition to the North Pole in search of the last polar bears. Having seen a polar bear in a zoo without any icebergs to float upon, but unable to smuggle it out under his coat, he decides to see the bears in their natural habitat. Equipped with his bag of golf clubs, Grandfather and his talking dog, Roo, set out to the North Pole across sea and land and in their hilarious adventures encounter rambunctious wolves, rabbits, sheep (according to Roo), frozen seagulls, walrus, playful penguins (in the Arctic) and an eccentric snow poet/sculptor. The ice caps are melting and Grandfather is determined to find the last polar bears in this amusing, yet poignant, story.

        Grades: 4th & up

  The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World

by Andrew Revkin

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Global Warming

Recounting his three day visit to the North Pole in the company of scientists who are studying the changing climate of the region, New York Times science reporter, Andrew Revkin takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the Arctic interweaving his personal experiences and observations with the history, ancient lore, mythology and the current focus of scientific research of the Arctic’s changing climate. Amidst the author's personal observations of survival in the harsh icy climate, readers can learn about the perils faced by some of the earliest explorers since the sixteenth century as they ventured across a cap of constantly shifting, drifting ice in search of the North Pole.

In recent years, although temperatures have increased over the planet, the Arctic region in particular is “exhibiting some of the most dramatic shifts in climate seen anywhere on earth”. Revkin examines the current scientific findings of climatologists and oceanographers of their research in the Arctic which holds hidden pieces of the puzzle of past climatic and atmospheric conditions, some of which are recorded in the depths of glaciers or beneath the underwater seabed. The scientists with whom Revkin traveled are monitoring the interaction between the atmosphere, the floating ice and the sea to understand why, with the global warming trend, climatic conditions have recently been changing more dramatically in the North Pole than in the rest of the planet. According to some scientists, the rapid increase of temperature in the Arctic causing the melting of the ice cap could set off a strong cascade of further global warming. The author, pondering the idea of a planet later in this century where in the summer the Arctic Ocean might become mainly open blue water and there would be only one icy pole in the South, writes: "It would be a signal visible far into space that the earth has – to a significant extent – become what one species chooses to make it." In increasing the atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, the impact of humans is no longer simply local, but global, even to the farthest reaches of the poles. Revkin notes, "Most experts also agree that if prompt actions are not taken to cut the rising flow of heat-trapping gases linked to warming, the odds will only mount that earth’s climate could shift in truly profound ways later in this century."

This compelling and thought-provoking book is a fascinating read both for older children and adults to learn first hand what it is like to experience the Arctic, to imagine what explorers of old seeking the North Pole must have undergone and to consider what the profound implications of global warming might mean for the future of the planet. Excerpts from The New York Times articles on related topics are also included to supplement the chapters as well as color photographs of Revkin’s trip and of other scientific and exploratory expeditions, period photos, maps and scientific illustrations.

See also:
Laurence Pringle's Global Warming,
Anne Rockwell's Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?
Jonathan Grupper's Destination: Polar Regions

For further information visit:
Arctic Climate Impact Assessment -- scientific reports reviewing the changing conditions around the North Pole.
Polar Trec -- an educational research project of Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating in the Arctic and Antarctic, and
International Polar Year 2007-2009 -- a major international science initiative in the Polar Regions.

        Grades: 6th and up

  Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis

by Al Gore

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

As a follow-up to Inconvenient Truth that explained the concept of global warming and climate change, Nobel Prize winner Al Gore’s Our Choice describes how viable solutions using the science and technology that already exists can solve the climate crisis. This is an action plan, crossing disciplines, politics and national boundaries, to create a cooperative, collective will and wisdom globally. Besides the different forms of alternative energy that are available, the role of forests, soil and population are examined. Complemented by numerous photographs, maps and charts, this "Young Readers Edition" lucidly explains the crisis, its solutions and how acting together we can save our planet.

        Grades: 3rd to 8th

  The Polar Bears Are Hungry

by Carol Carrick

HARDCOVER
Animals : Mammals
Environmental Themes  : Global Warming

This is an endearing story of a mother polar bear struggling to care for her cubs in the Arctic. As temperatures rise, the task of finding food, primarily seals, to feed herself and her cubs becomes a difficult task. As a result, the mother bear and her two cubs end up scavenging in areas where humans live to find food. In the "Author's Note", Carrick examines the importance of hunting specifically on ice in order for polar bears to catch seals and mentions the affects of global warming in shortening the ice hunting season, thereby leaving mother polar bears in a weakened condition to feed their cubs.

For more information about polar bears, visit World Wildlife Fund's Polar Bear Tracker.

To help protect the polar ice caps, visit NRDC's BioGems Polar Bears on Thin Ice to find a Kid's Polar Action Guide.

See also: Nicola Davie's, Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear,
Jonathan Grupper's Destination: Polar Regions,
Jonathan London's, Ice Bear and Little Fox, and
Jane Yolen's, Welcome to the Ice House.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Snowy White World to Save

by Stephanie Lisa Tara

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
Animals  : Mammals

This large format picture book with beautiful watercolor illustrations offers young children a glimpse at the Arctic world of the polar bear and the impact of global warming. The short verses vividly depict how a mother bear with her two cubs thrive in this pristine, icy world and hunt for food; but as the ice floes melt, they are forced to seek food from piles of garbage. The book concludes with an upbeat note that kids can take action to save this "snowy white world" of the polar bear, listing a number of simple everyday actions to help stop global warming as well as websites to learn more about this important issue.

See also: Carol Carrick's, Polar Bears Are Hungry

To learn more about global warming and polar bears visit:
ClimateCrisis.net
Polar Bear SOS
NRDC's website on Global Warming
StopGlobalWarming.org
World Wildlife Fund's Polar Bear Tracker, and
BioGems website Polar Bears on Thin Ice to find a Kid's Polar Action Guide.

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  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

  Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?

by Anne Rockwell

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Global Warming

The greenhouse effect, issues of climate change and global warming are lucidly introduced to younger children in Rockwell's book along with constructive actions to counteract global warming.

See also:
Laurence Pringle's Global Warming, and
Sally Morgan's Changing Climate

For further information about GLOBAL WARMING, visit :
Environmental Protection Agency -- a Kids’ Site on Climate Change
Climate Change Education -- an education resource center for students and teachers
StopGlobalWarming.Org -- tips for taking action in the classroom and school.

To help protect the polar ice caps, visit NRDC's BioGems Polar Bears on Thin Ice to find a Kid's Polar Action Guide.

        Grades: 1st to 4th

  Winston of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming

by Jean Davies Okimoto

HARDCOVER
Environmental Themes : Global Warming
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Winston of Churchill is a delightful, humorous picture book to engage children in the serious topic of global warming. The stately polar bear, based upon the historical English figure, inspires his fellow bears to convince the tourists visiting Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world, to save their Arctic home. "Ice is nice!" exclaim the bears when Winston elucidates the impact of climate change. As buggies filled with people from all over the world search the tundra for bears, far in the distance the tourists are greeted by the sight of white bears marching with signs: "Brrrr is Best, " "Freeze Please, " "Cool It! " During this adventure Winston also learns that he himself needs to follow through, even in small actions, to help out – to stop polluting the air with his cigar. "We must all do our part, no matter how small."

Printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.

To learn about global warming, see:
Loree Griffin Burns’, Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?

For more information about polar bears, visit World Wildlife Fund's Polar Bear Tracker.

To help protect the polar ice caps, visit NRDC's BioGems Polar Bears on Thin Ice to find a Kid's Polar Action Guide.

See also:
Amanda Lumry & Laura Hurwitz's, Polar Bear Puzzle,
Carol Carrick's, Polar Bears Are Hungry,
Jonathan London's, Ice Bear and Little Fox, and
Jane Yolen's, Welcome to the Ice House

      Grades: 1st to 3rd