Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday's green books series - Easy to Be Green: Simple Activities You Can Do to Save the Earth

Today our book on our Monday's green books series is both coloring and activity book for kids, showing them not only how easy it is to go green, but also that it can be really fun!

Our book today is:

Easy to Be Green: Simple Activities You Can Do to Save the Earth

Author: Ellie O'Ryan

Illustrator: Ivanke & Lola

Reading level: 4-8

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Published on:
January 2009

What this book is about? (from the the publisher's website)

Everyone's talking about the environment these days, especially kids. But what can kids do? A lot! This book is filled with cool coloring pages, Earth-saving tips, fun facts, and easy activities kids can do to help the environment. It's just what kids need to be green all by themselves!

This coloring and activity book is printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with soy-ink. The paper is FSC certified.

What we think about it?
This is another book of the Little Green Books series of Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, so I figured out it would be an interesting book. I also thought it would be a fun read for kids as this is both a coloring and activity book. For my surprise I found a book that is not only interesting and fun, but also very educational.

Seriously. I review many children's books and this book has the depth and the clarity you can't find in many other children's books about green issues. Actually I'm quite certain parents will also be able to learn from it a thing or two about climate change, carbon footprint, animals in danger and so on.

Besides the great info, the book offers eco-friendly tips, games (recycle maze), educational activities (it even shows you how to write a letter to an elected official!) and cool coloring pages.

And of course we should add that this book is green not only in its content but also in the way it's printed - it's
is printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled FSC-certified paper with soy-ink.

Bottom Line:
As we mentioned with other Little Green Books reviewed here, We are collaborating with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, so I might not be objective. Still this book is educational, fun and green and I think it would be a great gift to kids on this reading level (4-8)!


We're giving away one copy of the book, courtesy of the publisher, and of course a tree will be planted for the copy!

How you can win? please add a comment below with an answer to this question: what's yours (or your kid's) favorite game? Submissions are accepted until Monday, August 3, 12PM EST. The winner will be announced the following day.

If you're looking for other interesting green-themed books, you are invited to check out our green books page on our website's green resources section.

Raz @ Eco-Libris

Eco-Libris: promoting green reading


Shelly T said...

My children (7 & 12) and I love to play Scrabble together. It's a great way to be competitive and to learn at the same time. I help teach them strategy and we all learn new words. There are anywhere from 1-3 dictionaries at the table. Fun, educational and no electricity involved.

Angela Medina said...

Currently our family is hooked on the game "Life". We have a great time ribbing each other and it's nice to just have some family time .

Mary Preston said...

My children have discovered card games: Donkey, Old Maid, Snap etc. All the old classics. A great deal of fun is to be had.


Mozi Esme said...


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Winning Readings said...

Just a note that I've posted about this giveaway on Winning Readings:

Unknown said...

Our two girls (3 and 6) get their exercise running inside or out with a set of leather 'pony reins' with big jingle bell on the harness that I bought at a Waldorf gift shop. They are lightweight so we can take them anywhere to share with friends. One child is the 'horse' or 'reindeer' (morphs with the seasons!) and the other child holding the reins is the 'driver'.

jceko77 said...

Monopoly Jr.

Allison said...

my 3 year old loves blokus. he doesnt get the rules, but he loves to put all the pieces on the board.

tina reynolds said...

my kids love mother may i and simon says thanks for the chance to win

cassie M said...

My daughter's favorite games are quite imaginative. Although each one is unique, they usually involve her being the princess and everyone else being the bad guys! She's three, and though she doesn't yet understand "going green", she would love a new coloring book! I also have a ten year old boy and a fourteen year old girl who could both help their younger sis with this cool activity book!