Earth Day

Earth Day

 Picture Books

“A tree is worth much more than its wood.” Prevot


Wangari Maathai (Prevot)


seeds of change

Seeds of Change (Johnson)


Mama Miti (Napoli)


“Learn the craft of recycling.” (Paul)


Galimoto (Williams)

 Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai. Claire Nivola, Claire A.;: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008. 

A picture book biography of Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement,

Wangari Maathai : The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees. Franck Prévot, and Aurélia Fronty, (illus.) Watertown MA: Charlesbridge, 2015.

A picture book biography of Kenyan environmentalist and political activist Wangari Maathai.

Seeds of Change : Planting a Path to Peace. Jen Cullerton Johnson and Sonia Lynn Sadler (illus.) New York: Lee & Low Books, 2010.

 Mama Miti : Wangari Maathai and the trees of Kenya .Donna Jo Napoli and Nelson, Kadir (illus.). Simon & Schuster Books for Young Reade, 2010. 

Wangari Maathai, known as Mama Miti, mother of trees, shares her wisdom with other women by advising them to plant trees native to Kenya to solve their many problems


One Plastic Bag : Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia .Miranda Paul, Miranda and Elizabeth  Zunon (illus.) Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press, 2015.

In Njau, Gambia, discarded plastic bags littered the roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. But Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and Elizabeth  Zunon,  (illus.)  New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Children, 2012. 

When 14 year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone’s crops began to fail. Without enough money for food or school, William spent his days in the library and discovered how to bring electricity to his village by building a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps.

Galimoto. Karen Lynn Williams and Catherine Stock (illus.). Lothrop, 1991.

Walking through his town in Malawi, a young boy finds the materials to make a special toy.

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something from Everything. : Ashley Bryan,  Simon and Schuster / Atheneum, 2014.

Introduces puppets created out of found objects by describing each with a poem.



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