Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day!

It’s National Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day! Considering reading these one of these environmental health-related books with your child. In addition to spending quality time with your child and setting them up for success, you’re teaching them the importance of being stewards of our environment. Happy reading!

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss

Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale (printed on recycled paper) we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever.

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth, by Rochelle Strauss

70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water — and therefore the only planet that can support life. One Well is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

Because of an Acorn, by Lola M. Schaefer

Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.

Why Should I Recycle?, by Jen Green

What if everybody threw away old bottles and newspapers, littering the world with glass and plastic and tin cans that should be recycled and made into new products? Mr. Jones is a teacher who sets a good example for kids by separating his trash for recycling.