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Greta Thunberg among the authors on Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall's recommended environment reading list




Lizzie Hall, the Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian, writes about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. During lockdown you can't help but notice that nature is bouncing back.

Wildlife is returning to our streets, air pollution levels have fallen and wild flowers are blooming which is brilliant news for bees. Hopefully we'll re-emerge more conscious of the world around us.

Here are some suggestions for environmentally friendly reads this week...

Babies and toddlers

Baby Loves Green Energy by Ruth Spiro

Baby Loves Green Energy by Ruth Spiro (35976806)
Baby Loves Green Energy by Ruth Spiro (35976806)

This board book is a great beginner environmentalism book for babies and toddlers. It provides children with simple ideas.

Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well!

Ages 5-8

What A Waste by Jess French

What A Waste by Jess French (35976803)
What A Waste by Jess French (35976803)

In this informative book on recycling for children, you will find everything you need to know about our environment. The good, the bad, and the incredibly innovative. From pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.

Ages 9-12

Greta's Story: The schoolgirl who went on strike to save the planet by Valentina Camerini

Greta's Story: The schoolgirl who went on strike to save the planet by Valentina Camerini (35976800)
Greta's Story: The schoolgirl who went on strike to save the planet by Valentina Camerini (35976800)

It's August 20, 2018, late summer in Stockholm, and it feels incredibly hot in the city. The TV news reports rising temperatures, and there have been numerous fires throughout Sweden.

Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg decides she can't wait any longer: politicians have to do something to save the environment. Instead of returning to school, Greta takes a placard and goes on strike in front of Sweden's parliament building.

Greta's protest began the Fridays for Future – or School Strike 4 Climate – movement, which millions have now joined around the world. Greta has spoken at COP24, the UN summit on climate change and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

This is her story, but also that of many other girls and boys around the world willing to fight against the indifference of the powerful for a better future.

Tweens

Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari

Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari (35976797)
Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari (35976797)

Inspired by current environmental concerns and tackling themes of inequality, courage and social justice, Where the River Runs Gold is an adventure built on the enduring hope of a better and fairer future.

Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The bees have long disappeared; instead children must labour on farms, pollinating crops by hand so that the nation can eat.

The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to is hard and cruel. Themba won't survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. However, she has no idea where they are – their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.

The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts – to let love guide them home.

Teens

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg (35976794)
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg (35976794)

"Everything needs to change. And it has to start today."

In August 2018, a 15-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

This book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.

Adults

How to Give Up Plastic: A Conscious Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time by Will McCallum

How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum (35976792)
How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum (35976792)

"We have a responsibility, every one of us" - David Attenborough.

Around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, killing over one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals. By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight.

But how can YOU make a difference?

This accessible guide will help you make the small changes that make a big difference, including using a wash bag to catch plastic microfibres, replacing your regular shampoo with bar shampoo and how to throw a plastic-free birthday party.

Plastic is not going away without a fight. This is a call to arms - to join forces across the world and end our dependence on plastic.



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