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Apr. 12, 2011 at 1:10pm Earth Day is coming soon

With Earth Day coming up in a few days, now is the time to look at some children's books about the world we live in.  These books will inspire, educate, and help you appreciate the world around us.

The Bat Scientists by Mary Kay Carson, with photographs by Tom Uhlman (j 599.4 CARSON)

This book chronicles the efforts of Dr. Merlin Tuttle and his colleagues at Bat Conservation International, as they try and save bat species from loss of habitat and white-nose syndrome.

Big Earth, Little Me by Thom Wiley, illustrated by Kate Endle (jj WILEY)

Lift the flaps and celebrate simple ways to help the earth. 

Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White (j 591.68 JENKINS)

The tiger is just one of thousands of animals -- including the ground iguana, the white-rumped vulture, and the partula snail -- currently in danger of becoming extinct, joining the dodo, the marsupial wolf, the great auk, and countless others we will never see again.

The Chiru of High Tibet: A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Linda Wingerter (j599.64 MARTIN)

The true story of how scientist George Schaller and four mountain men set out to save the chiru (antelope-like creatures that cannot survive captivity and live on the high plains of Tibet) from near extinction.

Eco Dogs by Judith Bauer Stamper (j 636.7 STAMPER)

Describes how dogs can help recapture exotic pets that have been released into the wild, locate endangered animals for tagging, and identify smugglers at airports.

Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Allan Drummond (j 333.9 DRUMMON)

It's windy on the Danish island of Samsø. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.  

Eco People On the Go by Jan Gerardi (jj bb)

Simple text and colorful illustrations describe eco-friendly ways that people can get from place to place.

The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns, with photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz (j 638 BURNS)

Bees don't just produce honey.  Your food supply depends on them. Apiarist Dave Hackenberg's bees have a busy travel schedule, pollinating around the United States from February to July. So when Dave inspected four hundred of his hives and found that the bees had simply vanished, a dream team of bee scientists got to work.

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop (j 639.9 MONTGOM)

On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last 91 kakapo parrots on earth. Originally this bird numbered in the millions before humans brought predators to the islands. Now on the isolated island refuge, a team of scientists is trying to restore the kakapo population.

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer, illustrated by Steve Johnson (jj MAZER)

A young boy finds a salamander and thinks of the many things he can do to make a perfect home for it.

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors poetry by Joyce Sidman, illustrations by Becky Prange (jj SIDMAN)

Poems and factual information about some of the creatures that live on Planet Earth.

Welcome to the Green House by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Laura Regan (j 574.5 YOLEN)

Describes the tropical rainforest and the life found there.

Happy Earth Day to all! Thanks for listing The Bat Scientists. Bats really need our understanding and help these days.

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