Children’s Book Week is celebrated twice a year, one week in May and one week in November. Kids everywhere can join in the fun of Children’s Book Week. The How Do You Book? Challenge asks young readers to explore what they read, how they read, and where they read. For more information about Children’s Book Week, click HERE. This week, I’ll be sharing several books in celebration of Children’s Book Week. Click HERE to see previous Children’s Book Week Posts.
By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: Chuck Groenink
Published: April 5, 2022
Publisher: Anne Schwartz Books
A young girl brings her friends along to a tree-planting ceremony and along the way explains the vastness of our universe. She explains the preciousness of our one galaxy, the Milky Way, our one sun, our one planet, Earth, and how important it is to take care of every bit of it.
Beginning with the vast universe and narrowing it down to our wonderful planet and all the variety of living creatures, bodies of water, land formations, and plant species kids will learn that each and every part is precious. But, don’t forget the seven billion humans on this planet that have unique bodies, brains, fingerprints, and feelings all over the world. Yet, we can all come together as one human family for one purpose, to care for, love, and preserve our planet by planting trees. Our story ends and begins with us.
Even though this is a picture book, its message is pretty focused on facts related to the importance of caring for our Earth. Humans are a part of the reason for concern and also the only ones who can make a change. The end of the book includes various resources if your child is interested in learning more about organizations that work to care for our planet. But, one step we could all take is to plant a tree.
Deborah Hopkinson is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including A Letter to My Teacher, which received two starred reviews, and the modern classic Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, which the New York Times called “inspiring.” Her other books include Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book; and Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book. She lives in Oregon with her family. Visit her at her website, HERE.
Chuck Groenink is the illustrator of 16 Words by Lisa Rogers, which the New York Times described as “warm and cozy,” and Hank’s Big Day by Evan Kuhlman, which received three starred reviews. He graduated from the Artez Institute of Visual Arts in 2004. Visit him at his website, HERE.