Great Green Reads

Earth Day’s mission to increase environmental awareness means very little to young children, unless you make it relevant.

Fortunately, there are a slew of kid-friendly books available to drive home the importance of preserving our planet.  The following affordable titles prove that you don’t have to spend a ton of green to go green:

grenThe Berenstain Bears Go Green

Going green

isn’t hard to do.

It’s good for the earth

and me and you, too!

Who better to show kids how to take care of the earth’s precious natural resources than the Bear family?

After all, the cuddly clan not only hugs trees, they live in one.

In The Berenstain Bears Go Green Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother and Honey set out to enjoy a family picnic in the great outdoors.  The crew loads up in Grizzly Gramps’ fishing boat and paddle past colorful flowers, gorgeous green grass and other serene scenes.  Unfortunately, the peaceful voyage comes to a grinding halt when the Bears smell a foul stench and see ooey-gooey black oil from the town dump leaking into the creek.

An exasperated Mama Bear calls the sight a “disgrace” and rallies Bear Country’s furry residents to clean up the dump.  The community effort inspires Papa to go a step further to preserve the planet.  Your kids will delight in discovering what the bear of the house concocts to make his neck of the woods even greener.  The book also features a list of simple ways kids can go green at home.

little_sweet_potatoLittle Sweet Potato

One way children can help the earth is to plant a garden, and there’s no better motivator than Little Sweet Potato.

The charming book teaches kids that potatoes weren’t invented by Ronald McDonald; nor is their sole purpose to be deep-fried until they are golden brown.  Rather, they live in dirt and may have an interesting story to tell.

Little sweet potato sure does.

The baby spud inadvertently gets tossed from his patch and is forced to look for a new home.  Along the way, he runs into a multitude of flowers and fresh produce including carrots, grapes, roses, and zucchini.  Sadly, the crops are a bit crass and classify little sweet potato as “lumpy, dumpy, and bumpy.”

The vibrantly illustrated book follows the young tuber on his tumultuous journey which ends at the Hodge-Podge Patch.  That’s where little sweet potato learns that he is actually “bumpalicious” and appreciated for exactly who he is thanks to a garden’s worth of other eccentrically shaped fruits and vegetables.

Kids will no doubt be intrigued by the interesting produce featured in this tantalizing tale.  In fact, by the end of the book, they may even be swayed to plant a garden of their own little sweet potatoes.

You can get a sneak peek of Little Sweet Potato and The Berenstain Bears Go Green online at HarperCollins’ website.  Both books can also be purchased at discount retailers nationwide.


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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.