Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Green Earth Book Award

I wasn't able to do my regular It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post because I am out of town, but rest assured - I am reading! I finally finished one of the new "required" books this summer - an addition to our curriculum that must be taught to all fifth-grade  students in my district next year. I cringe at the idea of anything being "required", but in the end, the book had more positives than negatives. I can see my kids liking it and it does delve into some pretty cool science content. Check it out if you would like. It is called Night of the Spadefoot Toads by Bill Harley.

Spadefoot toads are awesome. They come out from underneath the ground once a year, during a hard rain. They only appear for a short time to lay/fertilize eggs and back underground they go. They have tiny flesh appendages on their feet, that look like small shovels/spades, which helps them burrow into the ground. Check 'em out!

Night of the Spadefoot Toads was honored with the Green Earth Book Award in 2009. I had never heard of this award, but I learned about it at this website: Green Earth Book Awards.

Pretty cool to know there is a book award to recognize environmentally-minded books. This will be a great way to hook the kids! 

Do you celebrate the Green Earth Book Awards, nerdy friends? And if not, WE SHOULD!

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