These eco-inspired books get kids thinking about nature and about the environment
Bindi Behind the Scenes: The Wildlife Games
By Bindi Irwin
NEW Wildlife advocate Bindi Irwin, 14, is a cocreator of the new series Bindi Behind the Scenes. The books are based on Bindi's real-life adventures. "I have been extremely lucky to have had so many unforgettable experiences," she told TFK. "I really wanted to share them with everyone." In the first book, The Wildlife Games, Bindi plans a televised contest to raise money for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Bindi hopes the books will inspire other kids to become wildlife warriors. "Each of us can play a part and make the world a better place," she says. For more, go to timeforkids.com/bindi.
The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book
By Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer
NEW Have you always wanted to build a fort? Do you know how to skip rocks? The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book will guide you through these and more than 400 other activities. Authors Stacey Tornio and Ken Keffer hope to get kids outside to interact with nature. "If you're paying attention to your backyard, it will lead to a greater appreciation of the Earth," Tornio told TFK. "We want kids to make that connection."
By Seymour Simon
NEW If you have a question about the sea, chances are you will find the answer in the fact-filled pages of Seymour Simons's latest book, Extreme Oceans. "I've always loved the sea, and I've always loved the things that happen in the sea," Simon told TFK. He has written more than 250 books about nature. Inspiring kids to care about the planet, he says, "was in the back of my mind from the very beginning."
By Douglas Florian
NEW Author and illustrator Douglas Florian is buzzing about his latest book, UnBEElievables. This collection of poems and drawings takes the reader right inside a honeybee hive. Each page tells the story of a different type of bee and its place in the colony. To read more about the book, visit timeforkids.com/florian.
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids
By Carol Pasternak
Have you ever watched a monarch transform from caterpillar to butterfly from up close? It's a thrill every nature-lover should experience. In this book, learn everything you need to know about the monarch life cycle and how to find and raise monarchs from egg to adult butterfly. You will even learn how to cultivate a butterfly garden full of monarchs. The book features many beautiful photographs of the fascinating insect, but soon you'll be able to take some of your own. So don't forget a camera!
National Parks: A Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks
By Erin McHugh
This year, the U.S. National Park Service's National Park Week is April 21-29. During the week, all national parks offer free admission. Brush up on your history with this fact-filled look at more than 75 U.S. parks, monuments and landmarks. The book's featured parks include the massive Yosemite National Park, Ellis Island (home of the Statue of Liberty) and the National Park of American Samoa, the only U.S. national park south of the equator. The colorful book is also filled with vintage illustrated Work Projects Administration (WPA) posters created to publicize various parks and landmarks. As a bonus, the back of the book includes a removable collector map for the 56 America the Beautiful quarters. It's a Junior Ranger's dream!
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