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Celebrating Earth Day through Children's Literature

April 22, 2020

At the Housman Institute, we recognize the profound importance of building the foundation for emotional intelligence in children from birth. Our begin to ECSEL program helps children recognize, understand, regulate and express their emotions in a healthy way that sets them up for a lifetime of well-being, mental health and success. Within our program, we promote the acquisition of these emotional competencies with the use of various tools, including children’s books.

The experience of having a book read aloud to children prompts conversations about what’s happening in the story, what the characters are feeling, meanings of words and especially how what’s happening in the book might relate to the child. In a world where there seem to be so many things that they aren’t allowed to do and where adults have the final say, a children’s book offers an opportunity for kids to feel as though they are a part of the story -- or even more compelling -- a part of the greater world. Because of the impact that books have on children, it is especially important to consider the content of these books, which is why today, on Earth Day, we are sharing some of our favorite nature-focused children’s books.

So, to celebrate our Earth, we ask that you continue to recycle, plant gardens, embrace green and efficient home-living, and share these concepts with your child through the creative lens of some wonderful authors:

  • It’s Earth Day by Mercer May
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  • Compost Stew by Mary Mckenna Siddals
  • My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  • Earth Day – Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  • Curious George Plants a Tree by Margret & H.A. Rey
  • The Earth and I by Frank Asch
  • The Hike by Alison Farrell
  • A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long
  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
  • A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek
  • Finding Wild by Morgan Wagner Lloyd

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