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Earth Hour, 2010: Reading By Candle Light

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 26, 2010

Earth Hour is on March 27—that’s tomorrow—at 8:30pm (local time). Lights go out for one hour all over the world as people across the globe take a stand against climate change. Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia—my amazing hometown—in 2007, with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning out their lights. The following year the number increased to 50 million people across the world. And, in 2009, the number increased to hundreds of millions of people from 4000 cities in 88 countries. Will you be participating in 2010? I hope so, because it will be the biggest year, yet! We plan to be reading books by candle light.

Here are a couple of book suggestions that make the hot-topic of climate change, kid friendly:Global Warming

by Seymour Simon

Reading level: Ages 5-9

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Collins; 1 edition (February 23, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

What to expect: Global warming, Photographs

Seymour Simon, an award-winning writer, often teams up with the Smithsonian Institution to create books that help children gain an understanding of our planet through stunning photography and kid-friendly information. In this outstanding book the causes and effects of global warming and climate change are explored thoroughly and with digestibility. Important questions are raised and answered: Why is the climate changing? Can we do anything about it?

This book is a real eye-opener. It will inspire young readers to appreciate the world around us and take immediate action.

Add this book to your collection: Global Warming

The Magic School Bus And The Climate Challenge

by Joanna Cole & Bruce Degen

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)

Source of book: Publisher

What to expect: Climate change

Exploration, guided-discovery, and a call-to-action, is provided in this latest edition of the fantastic Magic School Bus series. The infamous Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a whirlwind scientific tour of the globe to study climate change. The fictitious story joyfully carries young readers through the hard, cold, and very true facts about this important topic. The merry illustrations combined with the mixture of text (traditional story text, scientific facts displayed on illustrated notes, and class conversations carried out in comic strips) are an informative and entertaining blend. This book is great for a family read and perfect for the classroom.

Add this book to your collection: The Magic School Bus And The Climate Challenge

Visit: The Magic School Bus website to learn more.

Go on a live field trip: The Magic School Bus Live Webcast is being hosted on April 20, 2010

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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