I'm so excited to talk about Little Green Books from Simon and Schuster! They are just about the cutest children's book I've seen, and every book has a great message. From recycling, to planting, and anything earth-friendly. And to top it all, the books themselves are made from recycled materials.
The fact that the books are made of recycled materials was a great way for the kids to get interested in the books and get curious about what they would learn.
We received four books to review.
I Can Save the Ocean!: The Little Green Monster Cleans Up the Beach: by Alison Inches, Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli.
"Max the Little Green Monster is a cute, furry green monster that loves the outdoors (especially the beach), but Max and his friends don't like cleaning up after themselves! After a picnic on the shore, they leave a big mess behind and go scuba diving. Max is excited to meet lots of new ocean-swimming friends from crabs to colorful fish to an ink-squirting squid, but along the way he learns how his carelessness and littering may have harmed the beautiful ocean. The Little Green Monster then goes on a quest to clean and protect the beach and finds out what it means to be environmentally green."
The kids were really able to relate to this book. We live near the beach, so they really understood the importance of keeping their beaches and oceans clean. The book is really well illustrated, and gets the kids to really understand what behaviors it takes to pollute by following Max around. It also shows that certain things can not only make the beaches and oceans dirty, but it can also hurt the animals around. I loved that it also gives examples of ways for them to be able to help "save the oceans". It gives example likes, using reusable bags, reusable bottles, etc... The kids were excited to see that they already do some of these things, and how they can do more.
Don't Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing.
by Lara Bergen, Illustrated by Betsy Snyder.
"Follow an eco-conscious super hero as he teaches kids how to recycle and reuse common household items! The five large flaps throughout show that ordinary trash is really a treasure. From turning old clothes into fun costumes or an old box into a brand new car, kids will learn that saving the environment is super cool!"
This book was really fun for the kids as they could use their imagination to see what these old household items could be turned back into. It shows them an old item and asks what it could be turned into, and you flip the flap to see what they suggest. My two year old also enjoyed this book, and the kids found it fun that these examples were easy to accomplish at home.
My First Garden
by Wendy Lewison, Illustrated by Miki Sakamoto
"Come along with a mother and daughter as they dig up soil, plant a flower bed, and water the seeds to make their very first garden. Together they watch the colorful vegetables grow, grow, grow! This book teaches a first concept of colors as well. The book has a handle die-cut through on every page so kids can take the book with them wherever they go!"
This was very cute book, and perfect for my kids as we just started a growing a garden this year. The kids had fun guessing what veggies were growing. It was very sweet and short, and definitely great for younger kids.
The Adventures of an Aluminum Can
by Alison Inches, Illustrated by Mark Chambers.
"Peek into this diary of an aluminum can as it goes on a journey from inside a bauxite rock under the beaches of Jamaica, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into its new life...as a baseball bat! "
This was a cute story written from the point of view of a laid-back aluminum can through her diary. It takes you on her adventures starting as a small speck of alumina to becoming several things, after being reused and recycled. It really got the attention of my 5 year old, who enjoyed seeing how recycling a simple aluminum can, can become something completely different. It is a little longer book, and I would suggest it for 5 and 6 years old, as my 4 year old lost interest after a few pages.
Little Green Books has several other titles, make sure to check them out here. Another great thing, is that they offer fun activities and downloadable assets to go along with the books. Find those here.
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Disclosure: I received the books to review for free, I did not receive any other form of compensation. The opinions are 100% mine.