Recycle this Book: 100 Top Children's Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green
With essays from renowned children’s book authors such as Ann Brashares, Jeanne DuPrau, Caroline B. Cooney, Laurie Halse Anderson, Bruce Coville, Gennifer Choldenko, and over 100 others, each piece is an informative and inspiring call to kids of all ages to understand what’s happening to the environment, and to take action in saving our world. Helpful tips and facts are interspersed throughout. This book will be a great classroom tool to teach young readers how they can help to make the Earth a greener place.
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Part 1 - Your Home
In this book you will hear from many famous authors about what they are doing to help protect the environment. You'll get lots of great ideas about how you and your family can help reduce, reuse, and recycle!
This is what a typical CFL, or compact fluorescent lightbulb, looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Did you know when you read anything in Curriculet there is a tool that will help you define unknown words? Click and hold on "commingling." From the pop-up chose "Define." From the definition we can tell that the author is talking about different people's spit mixing. Yuck! Use this tool whenever you come to a word you do not know to better understand what you're reading.
Which detail from Libba Bray's story best supports the idea that she was "addicted" to catalogs?
"Law & Order" is a television show about police officers that first came on in 1990. Even after being on TV for 20 years, many channels still show reruns. The author is trying to convey how long trash bags take to decompose in a humorous way. (This annotation contains an image)
How was the son-in-law's opinion of "dog water" similar to that of the author?
What does the author mean by "we have highly literate fruits and vegetables"?
How many chargers do you think your family has around the house? Do you keep them plugged in all the time? (This annotation contains an image)
At first, the author's opinion seems to be against growing a garden. How does this change as you continue to read his story? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
Legumes are simple, dry fruits contained within a shed or a pod. Some common legumes you may have eaten are peas, beans, peanuts, lentils, and alfalfa. (This annotation contains an image)
How do the details in this paragraph support the author's claim that worm composting uses common food scraps?
How many of the toys you grew up with were made of plastic? Watch this short video to see what some toy companies are doing to be more environmentally friendly. (This annotation contains a video)
The author states that people who live in the city don't drive cars and use the same boiler to heat their apartments. Which central idea is supported by these details?
The author really catches our attention at the beginning of this paragraph when she states, "Recently I learned that my house has vampires!" After reading the rest of the paragraph do you think her comparison between vampires and chargers is appropriate?
Both Cynthia DeFelice (the author from the previous page) and Gail Carson Levine both believe
Can you imagine the electric company paying you? Watch this short video about how solar energy is being using in California. (This annotation contains a link)
How is Ms. Wayland's experience using solar power different than the passive use Gail Gibbons writes about?
Why do you think Bruce Hale starts his story "All Wet" with a memory he has from Boy Scout camp? How does this relate to the rest of what he has to say about protecting the environment?
The author uses a technique called personification in the highlighted text. Watch this short video to learn more about personification. Then think about how making the Earth seem human helps the author emphasize her point. (This annotation contains a video)
Let's Review Part 1 "Your Home"
Part 2 - Your School
Check out this neat website that is all about creating a "waste-free" lunch program at your school. Make sure you scroll down as you look at the information so you can see how much money families would save! (This annotation contains a link)
Which sentence helps the reader infer that the kids are not actually paying for the items even though the tables are marked with prices?
Kenneth Oppel has some great ideas for helping the environment at school. Look at the additional list on this EcoKids website. As you scroll down, are there any projects you think you could get started at your school? (This annotation contains a link)
Some may say this selection by Michael Dooling does not really fit in this book since it talks about people and ideas from the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. Would you agree or disagree? Explain your reasoning.
This symbol for reduce, reuse, and recycle is often seen on products we buy every day. Next time you go shopping see how many of these symbols you can find! (This annotation contains an image)
When Kay Winters compares our destruction of the planet to "riding a roller coaster without any brakes," she is using a metaphor. Watch this video to learn more about similes and metaphors, then see if you can locate any others in this book. (This annotation contains a video)
Both Kay Winters and Coleen Paratore suggest creating a "swap shop" at your school. Which one of these ideas is shared by both of them?
Which of these words could best replace fastidious without changing the meaning of the sentence?
Is there anything suspicious about what the power company told Mr. Lawrence? Should we always believe what people tell us? What do you think is the best way not to get tricked into believing things that aren't really true?
Which sentence best summarizes this story?
The author uses this form of humor to make her point that all the yard machines are too noisy. Do you feel more involved in a story when the author asks you questions and speaks to you directly?
Kokopelli is often shown as a humpbacked flute player. He was celebrated by early Southwestern Native Americans as the spirit of music. You may have seen this figure which symbolizes Kokopelli. (This annotation contains an image)
This passage by Pat Brisson is entitled, "Plants: A Matter of Life and Breath." What specific claims does the author make to support the truth of this title?
Tom Brown is a well-known outdoorsman and tracker. Read more about him here so you will better understand what Rosemary Wells means as she tells the story about her daughter. (This annotation contains a link)
Let's Review Part 2, "Your School" and 3, "Your Community"
Sloths are slow-moving, tree-dwelling jungle creatures that live in the forests of Central and South America. Because they move so slowly, they are often used as a symbol for slow or lazy people. (This annotation contains an image)
This is a picture of a eucalyptus tree similar to the one Ms. DuPrau is describing. You can see why she uses the word "magnificent" in her description. (This annotation contains an image)
According to Jeanne Duprau's point of view, although she cannot bring the owls back, what is she doing to help the situation?
You can tell why Sara Pennypacker uses the simile of the "curled arm making a fist" when you look at the map of where Cape Cod is in Massachusetts. (This annotation contains an image)
What do Marcie Aboff who wrote "Beach Blues" and Sara Pennypacker have in common?
Watch this short video which explains how asbestos damages your lungs, and why playing in the asbestos "snow" was so dangerous for Ms. Woodruff and her friends. (This annotation contains a video)
Elvira Woodruff didn't write about recycling or reducing what we have to help the Earth, so how does her story fit in this book? Explain your opinion using details from the text.
Shelley Gill writes that there is less snow where she lives, animals are changing their living habits, and food sources are becoming scarce. All of this evidence supports which claim?
This is a picture of bougainvilleas. Can you picture the beautiful land William Sleator is describing? Good readers keep images running in their mind to understand what the author is describing. What else do you picture? (This annotation contains an image)
What would you say is the central idea Jack Prelutsky is trying to convey in this poem? Explain what details from the poem helped you determine the central idea.
Back in 1999, there was great fear that when computers had to turn the date to 2000, everything would crash. Many people thought banking systems would fail and our world would be plunged into chaos. None of this happened, but those are the fears that Tony Abbott is talking about in this highlighted paragraph. (This annotation contains an image)
We can infer that Barbara Seuling included the story about San Francisco using dog waste to generate power because
Watch this public service video about littering. Do you think it supports Ben Mikaelsen's opinion? (This annotation contains a video)
Let's Review Part Four - "Your World"