Great reads to help celebrate Earth Week

This week and next, the Walter Jones Library at Moses Brown will be celebrating Earth Day! Some of the featured books will include…

The Age of Miracles (Karen Thompson Walker) Julia and her family awake one morning to a world suddenly changed when the rotation of the earth suddenly slows down and gravity is affected. The length of days and nights grows longer, and the environment is turned into chaos. Trying to adjust to these changes in this utterly altered world, Julia attempts to navigate through the personal disasters of everyday life and the loss of dreams, plans, and loved ones.

All Over Creation (Ruth Ozeki) Single mother Yumi Fuller returns home after a twenty-five-year absence to care for her ailing parents and walks into the middle of a clash between her parents’ neighbors who are experimenting with growing genetically altered potatoes, and an environmentalist group, the Seeds of Resistance, who believe the elderly Fullers hold the key to propagating plant life on Earth.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (Elizabeth Kolbert) Presents an examination of the build-up of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and the effects on climate change and global warming.

Climate Change (Shelley Tanaka) Examines the issue of global warming and explains how global warming is occurring and its potential impact on life on Earth. It also considers the difficulties of confronting the issue and taking action.

Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About (Margaret Read MacDonald) This is a collection of traditional tales and proverbs from over twenty countries of ethnic groups, touching upon both human and ecological themes such as environmental protection, the care of other creatures, and the connection of all things in nature.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming (Al Gore) Explains the phenomenon of global warming and its effects showing how the Earth could change as the climate crisis continues.

Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save the Earth’s Climate. (Stephen Schneider) Describes the history of the world’s reaction to global warming. It discusses the scientific discoveries, negotiations, delays, and suggested solutions.

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (Mary Roach) Examines the science of traveling and living in outer space without air, gravity, fresh foods, privacy, and other features of life on Earth. Discusses the findings of space agencies’ research using space simulations.

Earth (Jeffrey Zuehkle) An introduction to the planet Earth that provides information on its location in the solar system, size, orbit, temperature, atmosphere, surface, and moon, and discusses how astronomers study space.

The Earth Book (Todd Parr) Introduces young readers to the importance of conservation and provides ideas to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, such as planting trees, using both sides of a piece of paper, and recycling. Includes a poster with ten tips to live green.

Our Big Home: An Earth Poem (Linda Glaser, art by Elisa Kleven) Describes the water, air, soil, sky, sun, and more shared by all living creatures on Earth.

Earth Always Endures: Native American Poems (Neil Phillip)Selection of sixty Native American chants, prayers, and songs representative of traditions from tribes across the country, accompanied by duotone photographs taken by nineteenth century photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis.

A Child’s Introduction to the Environment: The Air, the Earth and the Sea Around Us: Plus Experiments, Projects, and Activities You Can Do to Help Our Planet! (Michael Driscoll and Dennis Driscoll) Provides an entertaining and instructive tour of the Earth’s varied environments, along with activities and materials to encourage young environmentalists.

Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids (MaryAnn F. Kohl and Cindy Gainer)Offers a variety of art projects that develop an awareness of the environment using materials collected from nature or saved from the trash-bin.

Find these books and more in the library catalog and in the digital library!

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