By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 31, 2010

Earth Day will be upon us soon, April 22, 2010. It’s a great day to place emphasis on environmental awareness and to explore new-and-improved solutions for being “green” the other 364 days of the year. Many children’s book authors are embracing this topic with enthusiasm and dedication, producing some eye-opening and encouraging literature for kids of all ages—some of the books even manage to arouse the “green” within us grown-ups.

For the youngest set, reading books that feature trees and plants is a great way to raise their level of awareness of the world that surrounds them. As their awareness grows, books that introduce ideas on taking care of the planet through gardening, recycling, and water conservation are a natural progression. As readers mature, they will be much more able to grasp and digest the concept of global warming. With all of these topics in mind, the following books, no matter how simple or complex, have been selected to motivate the earth-conscious spirit within all of us.

Courtesy of Reading is Fundamental
Published: March 30, 2010

Without doubt, reading aloud is a gift you can freely give your children from the day you bring them home from the hospital until the time they leave the nest.  Children’s reading experts agree that reading aloud offers the easiest and most effective way to turn children into lifelong readers.  And it’s as much fun for you as it is for your children.

A child whose day includes listening to rhythmic sounds and lively stories is more likely to grow up loving books.  And a child who loves books will want to learn to read them.

To spark that desire in your children, we have collected some useful tips for you to consider.  Feel free to make use of those that work well for you and your children, and to add your own ideas.

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:

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 25, 2010

It’s official! The Children’s Book Review has been publishing book reviews, book lists, author and illustrator interviews, book trailer videos, reading tips, and more for two years! To celebrate our “blogiversarie” we are giving away a library of children’s books selected just for our winner, valued at over $100.

Before we get into the giveaway details, I’d like to say  thank you to everyone who has contributed to TCBR over the last two years. Congratulations to Amanda Lynch, a regular contributor, who just became a mommy. And, last but not least, extra special thanks go to Erik Schulze and Luisa LaFleur, who have helped me from the beginning—thanks for your continuing contributions towards “Growing Readers”—you guys are the best!

How to win a library of children’s books valued at over $100 (maximum entries, 3):