Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Recycle This Book

Recycle This Book, 100 Top Children's Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green, edited by Dan Gutman was a book I couldn't resist buying while on vacation. I actually left the store without the book because it didn't seem to be the just right book for kindergarten but returned because I was so intrigued by the title and bought it. Recently published in 2009, Dan Gutman has collected thoughts from 100 children's authors about being green. Authors share their thinking and their personal actions to improve our planet. I was amazed to read what Jane Yolen eats for breakfast, "compost casserole". She mixes her leftovers and tops them with corn bread batter, baking it until the corn bread is done. She doesn't believe in throwing food out. Ralph Fletcher got me really excited about the possibility of composting with red worms. He made it sound rather easy and his enjoyment was evident in his voice. David Adler talks about doing all of his writing, revising, editing, and submitting his books via the computer in hopes of saving a tree. These are just three examples but there are 97 more. I think this book would be great to accompany any author study, it provides insight into an author's life and provides thinking for actions children could take to improve our planet.

I'm always on the look out for a great bookstore and each trip to NH visit Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith. This is an independent store with a nice collection of books for all ages and a great collection of quality toys

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