National Tree Day has just passed, but every single day can be tree day and I highly recommend selecting a native tree or plant and getting out in some sunshine very soon to plant your carefully selected new baby.
This year the girls and I planted an Injune Bottlebrush (Callistemon Injune) which was sent to us by the Penguin Random House Green Team, a staff-led team with members spread across all their offices and warehouses. This post is in no way sponsored by them, but I was pretty darned impressed with their initiative in sending trees and books to celebrate National Tree Day.
Below is my selection of books which you may like to use in helping you to celebrate the natural world and the wonder of trees, bees, environmental activism and reducing waste. I have a really extensive (and very popular – the most read blog post on Children’s Books Daily actually) list of my top 100 books on sustainability here, which I encourage you to check for more titles. Many of the titles in my longer list are now out of print but can be sourced from your local library. The Wilderness Society awards short list has also just been announced and those books can be found here.
ChickPea and I have been particularly loving new book ‘Enough Apples’ by Kim Kane and Lucia Masciullo for it’s strong messages about urban greening and creative adaptation to change; we’re on about our sixth night of reading it!
I’m also going to highly, highly recommend my new favourite app ‘Paperbark: A Story of a Wombat’. Get your headphones and prepare to be mindful – the sounds transport you to the Australian bush and the ‘action’ is less action and more meandering along with a wombat learning about plant species and threats to native animals. I’m classifying this more as an interactive book than a game, probably because I’m a librarian (!) and one of my fav author/illustrators, Renee Treml is involved, but whatever you want to view it as, it’s a delightful experience and one to immerse yourself in – perfect for all ages.
From the developers: ‘Paperbark’ tells a beautiful short story of a wombat, the bush and a very hot Australian Summer. Follow a sleepy wombat who spends its day exploring and foraging, while in search for a new home. Wander through a beautifully stylised interpretation of Australia, and watch as you bring the illustrated landscape to life, through vibrant watercolours and sounds. Inspired by iconic Australian storybooks and landscape artists, Paperbark will make a wonderful addition to anyone’s library. Paperbark is only compatible with iPad Air 2, iPad 9.7″ and iPad Pro, iPhone 6, iPod Touch 6 and up. It will not be able to run on earlier generations, even if able to be installed.
Along with our bottlebrush, Penguin Random House also sent a selection of books, some of which I’ve added to my ‘Tree Day Prize Pack’, which will be drawn on Sunday 5th August 2018 – entry details below.
‘Last Tree in the City’ by Peter Carnavas
‘The Last Tree’ by Mark Wilson
‘Enough Apples’ by Kim Kane and Lucia Masciullo
‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle
‘A Zero Waste Life’ by Anita Vandyke
‘How to Give Up Plastic’ by Will MccAllum
‘How to Bee’ by Bren MacDibble
‘An Activist Life’ by Christine Milne
‘Bouncing Back’ by Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch
‘The Bee Book’ by DK
‘A Forest’ by Marc Martin
‘Florette’ by Anna Walker
‘A Patch From Scratch’ by Megan Forward
‘The Earth Book’ by Jonathan Litton
I’m really loving the two titles above, ‘How to Give Up Plastic’ and ‘A Zero Waste Life’ – achievable and practical advice, lots of info in an easy to read style and one’s to keep on hand as we all look at ways we can lesson the impact we have on the planet.
WIN a Tree Day Prize Pack
To win the titles listed below – tell us what your family are doing to lessen your impact on the planet. Enter via comment on the blog or on social media associated with this competition.
The prize is one copy each of: ‘Lulu Belle and the Sea Turtle’ by Belinda Murrell; ‘How to Bee’ by Bren MacDibble; ‘Pippa’s Island: The Beach Shack Café’ by Belinda Murrell; ‘An Activist Life’ by Christine Milne; ‘Grow Fruit and Veg in Pots’ by DK; ‘Jackie French’s Chook Book’ by Jackie French; ‘Bouncing Back’ by Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch; ‘The Bee Book’ by DK; ‘A Forest’ by Marc Martin; ‘Florette’ by Anna Walker; ‘A Patch From Scratch’ by Megan Forward; ‘The Earth Book’ by Jonathan Litton.
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