Monday, September 06, 2010

Books on Global Warming: Back to School Edition

Teachers, librarians and parents getting ready for a new school year will be looking ahead to pump up their libraries for units of study in the coming year. Global Warming is a hot topic this year and I have several good books to recommend:

Where Do Polar Bears Live? by Sarah  Thomson, illustrated by Jason Chin. A Let's Read and Find Out About Science book by HarperCollins, 2010. This is a stage 2 book, which is intended for children in the primary grades (K -3). Simple text for beginning independent readers presents clear explanation of a polar bear's life cycle as well as challenges presented by changing climates due to global warming. At the rate polar ice is currently melting the polar bear's habitat may disappear in our lifetime. The back of the book includes an overview of global warming and what kids can do to make a difference.

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate; Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch. Dawn Publications, 2008. This book goes in depth with scientists in the field, showing how evidence is gathered through observation and data collection. Students involved in actual scientific projects with professionals are featured as they study tree rings, bird and butterfly migration, penguins and polar bears, and ocean cycles. There is an extensive section on what citizens and kids can do to make a difference and get involved in collecting scientific data in our neighborhoods. Section four of the book is packed with helpful resources. This is a great addition to any home, school or public library.

Global Warming by Seymour Simon. A Smithsonian book by Collins, 2010. This is a really clear, solid explanation of what global warming is and how it is changing our world. The difference between weather and climate is explained, as well as the greenhouse effect and how human industry has brought on changes in the environment. Polar regions, the ocean, and changing migration patterns are featured. Stunning photographs illustrate melting glaciers, coral reefs and communities effected by climate change. The back of the book includes a glossary, index, and list of websites for further study. Highly recommended.

Today's Nonfiction round up is over at the Miss Rumphius Effect. Enjoy your Labor Day!


Lone Star Ma said...

I have enjoyed Exodus and Zenith for older kids and, for teens, Carbon Diaries 2015 and Carbon Diaries 2017.

Liz Dwyer said...

What a fantastic trio of books. Where Do Polar Bears Live is one of my faves.