Spring has arrived and Earth Day is on it’s way. Here is a children’s book, perfect for 2nd through 5th graders, which I guarantee will cheer you and your child and help you dive into the spirit of Earth Day. Ocean Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, offers a complete and fairly detailed overview of the carbon cycle. It illustrates the role of photosynthesis in ocean life as well as land life.
Bang describes the big picture of ocean life in a way that is captivating and accessible to students and adults. I was awed by the mixture of poetry and science and finished the book with a firmer grasp of the whole earth carbon life cycle. This would also be a good book for an older student with a reading challenge who is looking for something on environmental science or ocean ecology.
If you are looking for Earth Day weekend events that are fun for the family, take a look at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum ScienceFest: Earth Day or the Leslie Science Center Spring Eggstravaganza.
What science or ecology books would you recommend for Earth Day?