Shelf Life: Nurture nature this Earth Day

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day.

What are you doing to save our planet? Easy ways to help include taking reusable shopping bags to the store, turning off the sink when you’re brushing your teeth, signing up for online bill statements instead of paper, and using energy efficient light bulbs.

Need more ideas? Check out these books!

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“Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day,” by Jane O’Connor

Being green is important to Nancy — so important that she wants her family to take care of the Earth morning, noon and night.

“Utterly Amazing Earth,” by Dougal Jerram

Offering an inside-out overview of the planet’s various components and cycles, this DK book’s brilliant design includes plenty of interactive aspects that bring the information to life.

“The Earth Book,” by Todd Parr

This book presents an introduction to environmental protection, describing a variety of ways that young people can work together to support the planet.


“The Green Teen Cookbook,” edited by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElroy

Teens will learn how to shop smarter, cook more consciously, and eat a healthier diet. In addition to the 70-plus recipes, the book also includes essays about topics such as vegetarianism.

“Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas,” by Jim Ottaviani

Named a “Great Graphic Novel” of 2014 by the American Library Association, this memoir is about three leading primatologists who risked their lives to study endangered primates in their diminishing habitats.

“We Are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change,” by Sally M. Walker

This book looks at climate change and gives suggestions for how young people can reduce the carbon emissions in their homes, schools and communities.


“The Organic Book of Compost,” by Pauline Pears

Learn easy and natural techniques to feed your garden. This book is packed with trouble-shooting advice, and covers everything from wormeries to community composting.

“The Forest Unseen,” by David George Haskell

Short essays reveal what can be understood about the natural world through the author’s yearlong observation of a 1-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest. He explains the scientific ties binding all life and how the ecosystem has cycled for millions of years.

“Stylish Remakes” by Violette Room

Salvage old duds and morph them into something completely new with this easy-to-follow upcycle sewing book. You can do all this with no previous sewing experience and a minimum of time and fuss!

Kids are invited to celebrate Earth Day at the Saluda Library on Monday, April 23, at 4 p.m. We will make crafts from recycled materials, create bird seed ornaments and plant seeds to take home and grow.

Come celebrate Mother Earth with us!

Jen Pace Dickenson is the Youth Services Librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit or call 828-894-8721.