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Monday, April 23, 2018

Books for Earth Day

Disclosure: I was sent these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Oops!! I planned on reviewing these books last week, but our hotel room had very spotty internet, so I am reviewing them late. Sorry I didn't share them prior to Earth Day yesterday!! However these books are perfect for using with lessons about our planet and even as an introduction for younger kids to our world. The first book is Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by William Grill. 


This book is full of haikus or at least haiku verses about Earth. It is perfect for April since it is National Poetry Month! A haiku is a traditional Japanese poetry form that traditionally contains three lines with a total of seventeen syllables. (To learn more about haikus visit here.)

This book has a haiku on each page with a beautiful illustration to go with it. Haikus like all poetry have some interpretation and only having three lines they can be broad. This book is recommended for ages seven to nine. At the back of the book there are pages of information on things like Earth, minerals, rocks, fossils, earthquakes, volcanoes, atmospheric and surface water, glaciers, and groundwater. I love how this book introduces the various parts of Earth with the haikus and then give more information in a more traditional way. Since Hazel's class has been writing haikus and I reviewed the haiku book recently I really enjoyed this book. I found it interesting to read and ponder about the haikus and then learn more details. 

Our next book is Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by David Litchfield. This book has more of a cartoon character about it. It is cute but informative. It is written for ages four to eight. 

It is definitely good for the younger child to learn about our world. The details are more about the place in the universe and the history of Earth.

I love how it gives the details about the Earth revolving around the sun and such. It also shows the evolution of life on Earth. It describes the formation of the continents as well as the dinosaurs and then even man. 

I like how the book shares that humans need to start taking better care of the planet. At the end of this book there is some information about Earth as well as resources. 

Each of these books shares a bit about our planet in different ways as well as for different ages. They are perfect for learning about the planet as well as just fun to read. I hope you will check them out!