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Earth Day Tips

22nd April 2020

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April 22nd marks Earth Day – a day every year where people all over the world celebrate our planet and support environmental action. The Earth Day Network coordinates rallies, activities, projects and more across the globe. Every year, the Earth Day Network has a particular focus: this year, as we mark 50 years of Earth Day, the theme is climate action.

However, serious the cause, Earth Day can be fun! Most kids are passionate about the environment and Earth Day is a great opportunity to harness their energy and engage the whole family in taking action to protect our planet.

Here are 21 tips for families for this year’s Earth Day. If you take up just one or two you will be part of something great and we promise that they are all easy and enjoyable. Embrace your inner eco-warrior and get stuck in - our planet needs you

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Earth Day Tips


1. Make recycling fun. Raid the recycling bin for materials for junk modelling and get making spaceships, vehicles, penholders or whatever you like. Find some inspiration here.

2. Save energy at home – unplug all electrical devices before bed.

3. Make a bug hotel. Insects are a vital part of the natural world.  Here is a simple example.

4. Save water - turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.

5. Challenge yourselves not to use a car – walk, cycle or scoot instead.

6. Buy recycled paper, whether it’s for drawing or writing, loo paper or kitchen roll. You’ll save money too!

7. Try meat-free Mondays or limit meat to certain days.

8. Repair old clothes rather than throwing them away. Find some cool ideas for kids here.

9. If you have a garden, plant some bee-friendly plants

10. Reduce your plastic use - switch to bars of soap, they last longer and are more eco-friendly too.

11. Use rechargeable batteries in your toys and appliances.

12. Pledge to only use reusable bottles for water and hot drinks.

13. Donate old toys, books and clothes and have a car boot sale. You could even donate the proceeds to an eco-friendly cause.

14. Save the spiders! Don’t kill creepy crawlies you find in the house – put them outside, our plants need them.

15. Instead of buying new toys or books organise a toy swap with a friend. You can do the same with clothes!

16. Join a local clean up at a beach or park. Or simply pick up rubbish whenever you see it.

17. Do the litter free lunch challenge. Can you make a packed lunch or picnic without any single-use plastic or non-biodegradable waste?

18. Use energy efficient lightbulbs.

19. Try cleaning with eco-friendly products in the home such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.

20. Visit your local library (once lockdown is over!). That’s right, books are always our top priority and re-using is as important as recycling.

21. And finally, make your own Earth Day pledge. These small changes are much more powerful when we do them every day and not just once a year. So get everyone in the family to choose one and make a promise to stick with it for the whole year. Take inspiration from our list above or come up with your own great ideas, but make sure you hold each other accountable. 

And finally, check out these fantastic books for Earth Day 2020:

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The Tale of a Toothbrush: A Story of Plastic in Our Oceans

A brilliantly topical and delightfully funny picture book from internationally bestselling author M.G. Leonard, which shows children what happens to their plastic toothbrushes after they're thrown away.

Children use their toothbrush each morning and evening, and get new ones every few months. That's billions of toothbrushes! What happens to them all when they're no longer needed? And if toothbrushes take thousands of years to break down, what does that mean for our planet?

With a fun cast of plastic characters, from pirate-ship bottles to dancing shampoos, and even an inquisitive albatross, The Tale of a Toothbrush is a positive and heart-warming story to help children explore the impact their choices have on our planet.

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Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Plastic

Why is there so much plastic in the world? How does it help us? What's the problem and how can we solve it? These are just some of the 60+ questions answered in this timely and topical book. The facts are presented in a friendly and quirky way, helping kids to understand this global predicament and inspiring them to be part of the solution.

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Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

From bestselling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, comes another 'smart, informative, inclusive and accessible' book about trail-blazing women (Fiona Noble, The Bookseller). This time, it's women who have been making decisions that have helped protect our natural world from way before it was on a political agenda. Discover their untold stories.

Tackle the plastic problem with Isatou Ceesay by recycling waste into beautiful objects. Marvel at the intelligence of chimpanzees with Jane Goodall. Learn why it's important to shop fair trade and cruelty-free with Anita Roddick and The Body Shop. Resist devastating deforestation and plant seeds of change with Wangari Maathai.

We're in an age when young people like Greta Thunberg are calling for those in power to 'wake up' and take action. But everyone has a part to play. Written with hope and encouragement, this book shows that all actions, big and small, can be powerful in the fight against climate breakdown.

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Where The World Turns Wild

Animals, trees, flowers, our city forbids them all...

Juniper Greene lives in a walled city from which nature has been banished, following the outbreak of a deadly man-made disease many years earlier. While most people seem content to live in such a cage, she and her little brother Bear have always known about their resistance to the disease, and dream of escaping into the wild. To the one place humans have survived outside of cities. To where their mother is.

When scientists discover that the siblings provide the key to fighting the disease, the pair must flee for their lives. As they journey into the unknown, they soon learn that there's cruelty in nature as well as beauty. Will they ever find the home they're searching for? 

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The Last Tree

From the author of the phenomenally successful The King Who Banned the Dark comes a new tale about community and our relationship with the environment and nature.

Once upon a time a group of friends were seeking a place to call home. The desert was too hot, the valley was too wet and the mountain was too windy.

Then they found the forest. It was perfect. The leaves gave shelter from the sun and rain, and a gentle breeze wound through the branches.

But the friends soon wanted to build shelters. The shelters became houses, then the houses got bigger. All too soon they wanted to control the environment and built a huge wooden wall around the community.

As they cut down the trees, the forest becomes thinner, until there is just one last tree standing.

It is down to the children to find a solution.

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My Friend Earth

Celebrate Earth Day with this valentine to our wonderful planet from the Newbery Award-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall .

Our friend Earth does so many wonderful things! She tends to animals large and small. She pours down summer rain and autumn leaves. She sprinkles whisper-white snow and protects the tiny
seeds waiting for spring.

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Climate Rebels

On the outskirts of the Milky Way, floating slowly through space, there hangs a planet unlike any other. It has oceans, deserts, jungles and mountains. It has life that swims, life that soars and life that swings through the trees. It is a place of dazzling variety and infinite wonder - and it's the only world we've got.

Climate change is happening, now. But it's not too late to change the story.

Meet the humans, from around the world, who are fighting to save our planet. This is your call to arms. Featuring 25 hopeful stories including Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai - as well as lesser-known heroes, such as turtle-protector Len Peters, the guardians of the Amazon rainforest, and the poacher patrollers The Black Mambas.

This book will transport you from the poles, to the oceans, to the rainforests, with iconic illustration. These are true stories to make you think, make you cry, make you hope - and these are stories to make us all stand together and protect our home. These stories are the proof that one person's small changes can grow into something big, and powerful, and world-changing.

So read on to be inspired, as we take our future in our own hands, and together save Planet Earth - for all the living things that call it their home.

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Tidy

Winner of the Independent Bookshop Week Picture Book Award 2017.

From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs , comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy.

Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right?

Lush foliage and delightful characters abound in this cautionary tale of overenthusiastic neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. The freshness of the illustrations and the many comic details make this a very special book. Once you enter this forest, you'll never want to leave.

Emily Gravett's engaging woodland creatures will appeal to fans of such classics as The Animals of Farthing Wood and The Wind in the Willows and the rhythmic, rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud.

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My Green Day: 10 Green Things I Can Do Today

Make every day a green day with ten simple things to do between breakfast and bedtime. Discover ten easy ways in which every child can make their day greener for the environment. With a helpful explanation to back up every activity, this is the perfect picture book for teaching young children the importance of looking after the world around them.

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See Inside Planet Earth

Delve deep into the mysteries of Earth's geography to reveal the hidden secrets of life on our planet. This title includes double page spreads on mountains, deserts, the oceans, the atmosphere and icy landscapes such as Antarctica, each one bursting with flaps to lift to reveal scientific and natural history information. It also contains a feature on how climate change is affecting our planet, and what can be done to reduce its effects. It contains over fifty sturdy embedded flaps.

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Red Alert!: 15 Endangered Animals Fighting to Survive

Pick a place. Choose a creature. Discover its story and the danger it faces. Then find out how to help it survive. 15 wild and wonderful creatures, all on the IUCN Red List, need our help - this important book is interactive, engaging and informative, and will inspire children to save their planet!

Red Alert! is inspired and endorsed by the 'Red List' database maintained by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Currently the list includes over 70,000 species known to be at risk, but it grows larger all the time.

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What A Waste: Rubbish, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet

Everything you need to know about what we're doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.

This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there's a floating mass of rubbish larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean?

It's not all bad news though. As well as explaining where we're going wrong, What a Waste shows what we're doing right! Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful. Every small change helps our planet!

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The Big Earth Book

Planet Earth. Four elements. One incredible story. Lonely Planet Kids' The Big Earth Book takes children on a rollercoaster ride through history, geography, science and more to show how four elements - earth, fire, air and water - created the world and everything that exists today. Amazing facts, photography and illustrations bring our planet and its past to life in an exciting, engaging way.

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National Trust: How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear

From beetles and butterflies, to puffins and polar bears, animals and habitats all over the world need our protection. In this beautifully illustrated book, children (and adults!) can learn about thirteen different habitats - gardens, hedgerows, heathlands, woodlands, highlands, wetlands, the coastline, freshwater, oceans, savannahs, jungles and mountains - and simple everyday ways to protect them.

Find out how to help hedgehogs in your own back garden or spread the word about endangered animals further from home, as you discover all the little things you can do to make a big difference.

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The Bee Book

Shortlisted for the Junior Design Awards 2018 - Best Designed/Illustrated Book for Children.

This charming illustrated non-fiction picture book takes you on an amazing journey through the world of bees.

Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and - most importantly - along with other insects, they are responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat! The Bee Book is perfect to teach children age 5 and up all about our fuzzy little friends, how much they matter, why they are declining, and what we can do to help. This dazzling celebration of bees is lavishly illustrated by the talented up-and-coming author and illustrator Charlotte Milner.

Children will be fascinated by beautiful pictures and buzz-worthy facts covering types of bee, bee hives, colonies, pollination, making honey and more. Meet the humble honey bee face-to-face: nature's hardest worker, and so much more than just a provider of honey in a picture book you will treasure forever.

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In Focus: Forests

Ten illustrators delve into the world's woodlands to explore the creatures, culture and conservation for our forested areas.

This super-sized book draws back the canopy of the rainforest, wends its way through the fir trees and dives into the depths to uncover fascinating facts about our forests.

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On The Origin of Species

The first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species.

'A long, long time ago, before humans even existed, the living world looked very different from how it looks today.'

For most of human history, people believed that everything in the world was created at once. But scientists started to challenge that idea and in 1859 Charles Darwin, a naturalist and biologist, wrote a famous book called On the Origin of Species that revolutionised the way that we have understood evolution ever since.

Now molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva has recreated Darwin's most famous work as a beautifully illustrated book. The stunning pictures bring the theory of evolution to life for young readers, and anyone who wants to learn about evolution.

Pulling together Darwin's observations from his travels around the world and his ground-breaking explanation of how species form, develop, and change over hundreds of thousands of years, On The Origin of Species is as relevant and important now as it ever was.

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When the Bees Buzzed Off!

Uh-oh! The bees have buzzed off and now the minibeasts are in a pickle. Who will pollinate the fruit and flowers? It's up to three brave bugs to bring those buzzy bees back!

Packed with fun flaps, fascinating facts and hilarious asides throughout, When the Bees Buzzed Off ! is the perfect book to encourage little ones to think about important environmental issues and explore the natural world! This energetic romp through the wild outdoors is brought to life with bright and engaging illustrations from talented illustrator Stephen Bennett.

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