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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 17:54
Original Air Date Published April 02, 2008

Book Chat

Cookies and Milk

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Book Chat

The Lorax

The Lorax
Author/Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House, 1971
Best for: Grades K2, ages 58

The Once-ler cuts down all the Truffala trees in order to make Thneeds, a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need. Its no coincidence that Thneed rhymes with greed! The Once-ler ends up destroying the environment despite the Loraxs persistent warnings. But dont worry! Theres hope at the end if YOU are willing to go out there and make things different.

The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global WarmingThe Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming
Author: Laurie David and Cambria Gordon
Publisher: Scholastic, 2007
Best for: Grades 25, ages 811

A fun, engaging informational book about the science behind global warming and what kids can do to stop it. With catchy headings such as A Greenhouse Gas is not Caused by an Orchid Grower Who Ate Too Many Beans, your kids are sure to get a kick out of this book while learning about a current environmental issue.

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth
Author: The EarthWorks Group
Publisher: Andrews and McMeel, 1990
Best for: Grades K5, ages 511

A book filled with information about why it is important to take care of our Earth and how to do it. This book has projects ranging from simple, everyday actions (remember to turn off the lights) to more involved community-based projects (how to start a recycling program at your school). 50 Simple Things is a great resource for service learning organizations, families, and teachers.

Cookies and Milk

Marci, Robert, Kennedy, and Cameron enjoy chewy chocolate chip cookies while chatting with Emily about the books above. The kids responded really well to The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming and 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth. The family plans to start making small steps toward environmental action as a result of reading these books.

Expert Chat

Sharon Betty is the Elementary Science Coordinator for Grades 35 at Denton Independent School District in Denton, Texas. She shares some wonderful ideas for getting kids interested in science exploration at home.