Earth Day is on April 22 and it’s a perfect day to talk more about the Earth and show our children the importance of keeping it clean. I love using eco-friendly books to help my children understand that the little, everyday things that we do each day – such as recycling our trash, turning off lights in a room when it’s not needed, takings shorter showers – can help make a big difference for everyone!
Books are such a fun and easy way to get messages like these across to our children and for Earth Day, these are our favorite children’s books from Candlewick Press! I’m sure your kids will enjoy them as much as we did! And even sweeter, you’ll get a chance to own all of these books too – with a fabulous giveaway! Read on…
By Lisa Moser, illustrated by Gwen Millward
HC: 9780763665340 ∙ March 2016 ∙ $16.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 4-8
What may appear to be an abandoned garden is actually home to an unusual array of insects. Meet a ladybug who prefers making mud angels to acting like a lady, a roly-poly bug who loves to roll (“wa-hoo!”), a cricket who dreams of grand adventures, and a whole neighborhood of bugs gazing up at a fireworks show of flowers bursting into bloom. These inviting vignettes are sure to have readers seeing bugs in a whole new light.
« “The scribbly pen-and-pencil illustrations, finished with watercolor, reveal amusing detail…With plentiful dialogue, these short scenes will be fun to read aloud. Whimsical and delightful, a celebration of imagination.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
By Jonathan London, illustrated by Meilo So
HC: 9780763669133 ∙ March 2016 ∙ $16.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 5-8
It’s spring, and a litter of baby river otters emerges from a den . . . to play! Follow the otters through the seasons as they chase one another, slide down a mudbank, jump in a pile of leaves, and learn to swim. Even while catching fish for their dinner or grooming themselves in the snow, otters love to play — and Jonathan London’s lively text and Meilo So’s fluid watercolors invite you to share in the joy.
« “Fun and informative, this beautifully illustrated, strong narrative belongs in every collection.” – School Library Journal (starred review)
By Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tim Hopgood
HC: 9780763681005 ∙ February 2016 ∙ $16.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 5-8
Huge frogs, tiny frogs, hairy frogs, and flying frogs hop through the pages of this colorful nonfiction book. Discover the Goliath frog, biggest in the world, and the Darwin’s frog, which has a pointy nose and holds its tadpoles in its mouth until they are big enough to care for themselves. Learn why some frogs are brightly colored, and which one can bury itself in the desert until rain comes. Curious minds will jump at the chance to explore all kinds of frogs, from the most exotic to the greenish-brown specimens in their own backyards.
“Unique to Jenkins and Hopgood’s collaboration is the book’s design. Wonderfully sprinkled throughout, Hopgood’s vibrant, eye-catching mixed-media renditions of frogs in mottled, earthy hues aptly complement Jenkins’ accompanying narrative. Ideal for a wide range of early elementary students.” – Booklist
By Katie Cotton, illustrated by Stephen Walton
HC: 9780763682071 ∙ October 2015 ∙ $22.00 ∙ 40 pages ∙ Ages 0 mos and up
Exquisite charcoal drawings of ten endangered creatures—lions, elephants, giraffes, pandas, tigers, chimpanzees, penguins, turtles, macaws, and zebras—startle the viewer with their size and astonishing detail. A poetic text notes each creature’s particular qualities and behavior, while providing a quiet counting exercise and a reminder that these animals must be cherished and protected.
« “Arresting charcoal portraits of endangered animals, drawn in near-photographic detail, command attention in this counting book…Endnotes offering information about the animals and their endangered statuses conclude this powerful tribute to vulnerable creatures.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Written and illustrated by Shawn Sheehy
HC: 9780763665944 ∙ March 2015 ∙ $29.99 ∙ 18 pages ∙ Ages 4-8
At the edge of the forest a spider spins her web, while nearby, a hummingbird uses strands of spider silk to build her nest. These are just two of the many animals who live side by side, sharing the resources they need to construct homes, traps, or places to store food. From award-winning artist Shawn Sheehy comes an up-close look at the architectural masterpieces of the animal world, featuring an array of beautiful, lifelike pop-ups originally crafted with handmade paper. The earthy exploration culminates in a breathtaking final spread showing all the neighborwood creatures together.
« “Sheehy makes an impressive children’s book debut, using dramatically unfolding pop-ups to introduce seven woodland animals with special construction skills of their own…. A visually striking and enriching overview of animals living independently and as part of an ecosystem.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
By Sue Whiting, illustrated by Mark Jackson
HC: 9780763680985 ∙ February 2016 ∙ $16.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 5-9
There it is, a giant duckbill emerging from a burrow. But this animal has fur — and walks low to the ground, with claws and a wide, flat tail like a beaver. When it swims, it looks like a miniature crocodile, and when faced with threats, it keeps its snakelike venom at the ready. And did you know that the female platypus lays eggs? Follow a most unusual mammal as it leaves its home and travels through the night, gliding past wallabies and evading a hungry fox — hurrying, scurrying, always busy, always looking for a meal!
“Whiting’s storytelling is a beautiful combination of rich descriptions and a recurring reminder of the key characteristics of a platypus, all of which gently ebbs and flows with Jackson’s soothing mixed-media illustrations…definitely an engaging and enlightening read.” – Booklist
Written and illustrated by Stephane-Yves Barroux
HC: 9780763681104 ∙ March 2016 ∙ $14.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 3-7
Where’s the elephant? Where’s the parrot? Where’s the snake? And wait a minute — where are all the trees? Where will the elephant, parrot, and snake go now? A vibrant landscape in flux with three hidden animals on each spread offers parents and children an opportunity to talk about urban development and animal habitats.
“With minimal text and bright, bold illustrations, Barroux introduces children to the topic of deforestation in a poignant fashion that invites discussion…Each spread is full of stunning art, with the lushness of the diverse tropical leaves set against the increasingly uniform and stagnant buildings.” – School Library Journal
Lucky you, my loyal Hip Mama’s Place readers! One of you will win a set of all seven (7) children’s books geared for Earth Day from Candlewick Press- valued @ $135.00! Go enter and good luck!
To enter this giveaway contest, just follow the Rafflecopter entry link below. This giveaway contest is open to U.S. and Canada 18+ only. One entry per household, per IP address. Void where prohibited. I will pick and notify the winner by email after 04/22/16 at 11:59 PM, EST.
GREEN YOUR ROUTINE GIVEAWAY HOP!
And to celebrate even further, I am partnering with some of my blogger friends to bring you all these fantastic, eco-friendly giveaways!
Welcome to the Green Your Routine Giveaway Hop hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro! We’re encouraging everyone to green their routine and help make the world a little more eco friendly with great giveaways! You’ll have until Earth Day to enter all of the great green giveaways, in the linky below, and don’t miss the two amazing Grand Prizes from our hosts!
*Check out all the other fun Earth Day-themed giveaways from my fantastic blogger friends!
Below this post, you’ll find all the links of blogs who are participating in this exciting Earth Day-themed giveaway event – including Hip Mama’s Place! Each blog listed below will have a Earth Day-themed giveaway in store for you all, so go visit each blog and enter for your chance to win! And don’t miss out on the two amazing Grand Prizes from our hosts!
Disclosure for Candlewick Press books review and giveaway: I received the featured books from Candlewick Press to facilitate my review. Prize fulfillment will be provided by Candlewick Press. All views and opinions are my own.
Disclosure for all other giveaways on the 4th Annual Showered With Love Event: Hip Mama’s Place, Lindsey Blogs at SEBG, Viva Veltoro, and the Green Your Routine participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.