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Though the daily news is filled with reports of climate change, severe weather, environmental distress, and endangered species, children’s librarians and educators might be uncertain how to incorporate these topics into their current curriculum. This handy resource offers an ideal solution, presenting more than two dozen ready-to-use projects on environmental topics that can be integrated into K-5 educational lesson plans and library programming for children aged 4-10. Starting with a representative picture book as a foundation, children are guided through each topic using a hands-on project that reinforces learning. Whether they’re in the classroom or library, kids will feel excited and engaged as they explore such topics as

  • honeybees, loggerhead turtles, mountain gorillas, polar bears, and other animals;
  • environments like coral reefs, estuaries, and the Galápagos Islands;
  • wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes;
  • composting, gardens, seeds, and the farm to table movement; and
  • garbage, recycling, renewable energy, water conservation, and Earth Day.

Complete with detailed information about each topic, including sections that explore interesting related facts, this book will activate children’s curiosity and appreciation for the world we live in.


1    Honeybees
2    Monarch Butterfly
3    Pollinators
4    Loggerhead Turtles
5    Mountain Gorillas
6    Polar Bears
7    Protecting Endangered Animals
8    Compost
9    Gardens and Farms
10    Farm to Table
11    Reimagined Urban Spaces
12    Seeds
13    Trees
14    Wildfires
15    Coral Reefs
16    Estuaries
17    Galápagos Islands
18    Garbage and Recycling
19    Plastic Bags
20    Recycled Instruments
21    Renewable Energy
22    Water Conservation
23    Hurricanes
24    Tornadoes
25    Earth Day

Christine M. Kirker

Christine M. Kirker is a library associate with the Carroll County (Maryland) Public Library. Since joining the library staff in 2005, Christine has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages, including monthly preschool science programs. She is the coauthor of Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2009), Kindergarten Magic (ALA Editions, 2011), and Multicultural Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2012). Previously, Christine spent ten years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. She graduated from UMBC in 1992. Christine presents trainings and programs introducing ways to enhance storytimes through Storytime Stuff.