STEM Super Science – Exploring the Natural World

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Kids learn through play and hands on exploration! What better way to get excited about science than getting down in the dirt for an up close look of wriggling worms, expansive weeds and sprouting seeds. The world around us is a classroom with countless opportunities for discovery and we don’t even need to be surrounded by a forest. Sidewalks, playgrounds and container gardens offer chances to look a little closer at the nature that surrounds us. Finished with outdoor adventures? Check out some of these great books that investigate our interactions with the natural world. Books take us on a journey beyond what is directly outside our window, and with these selections children can meet animals around the globe, learn about STEM jobs in earth science and how we can do our part to protect the planet. Ask your local children’s Librarian for some fun extension activities inspired by these picks.

Easy Peasy : Gardening for Kids

An introduction to easy gardening so you can grow everywhere and anywhere. Whether you live in the city or the countryside, there are plenty of places you can plant and grow. For a new generation of green fingers there are different ways to bring nature into the home. Make your own pots, build balcony boxes, create your own bird feeders and even get friendly with worms! Each activity has been carefully chosen to create living, renewable and sustainable environments for kids and their families.

Greta's Story : The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet

In legislatures all over the world, ten of thousands of serious-looking and stern-sounding politicians sat and discussed an endless range of issues. But they never addressed the problem of the health of the planet. It was time for someone to remind them to step in to protect the environment–and the future of children all over the world. It was an emergency. Everything else could wait. So Greta made a sign, put on her jacket, and went on strike.

Hey Water!

Splashy illustrations and simple text explore water in its many shapes and forms. Back matter includes information on the water cycle and water conservation.

If Sharks Disappeared

A nonfiction picture book tracing the repercussions of what would happen if sharks disappeared from our planet.

A Stone Sat Still

Told in rhyming verse, a stone is considered from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives, as it sits where it is, surrounded by grass, dirt, and water, an unchanging certainty in the world. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Thank You, Earth : A Love Letter to Our Planet

This thank-you note to our planet celebrates the beauty and wonder of the natural world through photographic images. Includes a note from the author about related activities and resources.