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Earth Hour 2009 & Green Sugar Press

Vote Earth For Earth Hour

With the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote, Vote Earth is a global call to action for every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. You can participate by turning your lights out for one hour at 8.30pm on March 28.



In December 2009 world leaders meet in Copenhagen to agree on a post-Kyoto policy for tackling climate change. One billion people voting with their light switch during Earth Hour will create a powerful mandate for our leaders to take strong and decisive action on climate change in Copenhagen.

Participating in Earth Hour is really a no-brainer, but finding books to raise environmentally aware children can be a little more difficult. That’s where Green Sugar Press comes in. Their mission is to provide books to grow green minds for a better today and a stronger tomorrow.

An Environmental Guide from A to Z

by Tim Magner (author) and Aubri Vincent-Barwood (illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 8 – 13

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Green Sugar Press

What to expect: Nature, Natural History, Ecology, Earth Sciences, and Alphabet

Using a simple alphabetical format, Tim Magner delivers very detailed facts about the environment and how they all link together, in a very informative and easy to digest way. Every page contains important information — G is for Greenhouse Gases — and is then followed with a Did you Know? component which explains things such a composting. There are also open ended questions to allow for exploration, experimentation, and thoughtful or contemplative reflection — “How many different types of insects can you count exploring your backyard or nearby park?”

“Our objective was to create a reading experience to inspire young explorers to open their minds to the wonders of the world and to the amazing nature right out their backdoor,” says Tim Magner. “If we can only get kids to unplug their electronics long enough to give nature a chance. Nature provides all the answers we need.”

N is for Nature

by Tim Magner (author) and Mike Nudleman (illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 5 – 9

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Green Sugar Press

What to expect: Nature, Natural History, Ecology, and Alphabet

Just like in An Environmental Guide from A to Z, Tim Magner manages to spread the news about our environment and its animals using the alphabet in a clear and concise manner, however, more simplified for its intended younger audience. The illustrations by Mike Nudelman are very clever and provide a very stimulating effect — each page is dedicated to a letter of the alphabet and is inspired by the topic, making the information more appealing to our younger more visual readers.

Earl the Earthworm Digs for His Life

by Tim Magner (author) and Lindsay Knapp (illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 5 – 9

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Green Sugar Press

What to expect: Earthworms, Nature, Natural History, and Earth Sciences

Who knew that an earthworm’s purpose was connected to the health and survival of trees, plants, and many animals? Learning about earthworms was never something I pondered, but it was fun and interesting when the earthworm had a name, Earl. This is a credible fiction book with real fun facts which add depth to the story. This book is educational like the two books mentioned above, but is more specific to one area of learning. There is a glossary of words included which will certainly prove to be useful — Oligochaetologists: Scientists who study worms.

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