About Reading for the Earth
“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues…Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
--Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Reading books is a great way for children to learn important issues about a variety of topics. Reading for the Earth™ aims to help increase environmental literacy amongst young readers in grades K-8 nationwide. Earth Day Network wants to use Reading for the Earth™ as a national platform that libraries to use inspire young readers to become better informed about the environment and ultimately, gain a better a better appreciation for nature.
Reading for the Earth™ is a national effort that promotes reading environmentally themed books during the month of April, in honor of Earth Day. Organized by Earth Day Network and libraries around the country, the campaign will ask young readers across the nation to check out environmentally themed books from their local library. The purpose of the campaign is twofold: to educate youth about the environment and to inspire them to read books more often. To join the effort, students will be asked to visit their local library, pick up a book and pledge to read it during the month of April. Earth Day Network is also encouraging libraries to sponsor Earth Day activities for students in their communities including book readings and video screenings.
Earth Day Network has provided you with an online toolkit that will provide the resources to help guide you with informing and organizing activities for young readers in your community. Earth Day Network has identified a number of steps that you can follow to effectively engage your students in the environmental movement.