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A green reading list

Six books to inspire eco-awareness in young readers

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney: Miss Rumphius is an independent woman born at the turn of the last century, who wants to travel the world and live by the sea. But there is one more thing she must do: make the world more beautiful.

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer: A boy wants to bring a salamander home, but realizes he'll need bugs for it to eat, birds to eat the extra bugs, trees for the birds to nest in, rain for the trees — and soon his room has become a forest.

The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco: Mary Ellen's grandfather takes her to find a bee tree in what becomes a madcap chase through the countryside.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: Peter sets out to explore his urban neighborhood in the first snowfall with contagious wonder and curiosity, exemplifying the truth that nature's wonders are everywhere.

Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnston: A girl watches animals from her treehouse all fall, as winter slowly comes.

Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young, Ellen Haas and Evan McGown: A parent's resource for connecting children with nature, published by the Wilderness Awareness School.

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