Books to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22 National Earth Day, a day celebrated around the globe to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Started in 1970 and gaining momentum in the 1990s, Earth Day is great time to reevaluate the impact that we are having on the planet. Environmentalism has often been a cause taken up with passion by teens and new adults, and one recent study shows that during the recession years, conservations efforts among teens rose.

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Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog with commentary by the article’s writer. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!

It's Getting Hot in Here: The Past, the Present, and the Future of Climate Change
Heos, Bridget
Exploring the science behind global warming, Heos examines the past, present, and future of climate change, the effects of political denial, and how we can work together, tackle, and lessen the impacts of a warming world.
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The Story of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden to Your Plate, and How There's More of Less to Eat Around the World
Castaldo, Nancy F.
Another look at the impact that food production has on the environment with the importance of plant biodiversity prolonged by seed preservation. It also explores the impact of monocultures and genetic engineering on food production.
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Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines
Fleischman, Paul
A guide to help teens navigate conflicting information around environmental issues that are represented in a variety of newsfeeds. Full of resources and ways that teens can make a difference. Also, see the updated resources and information from Fleischman on the book’s website.
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Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World
Nye, Bill
Nye applies his scientific rigorous understanding of the world to climate change, showing opportunities in today’s environmental crisis as a new beginning to create a cleaner and healthier world.
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Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
Ottaviani, Jim
Graphic novel memoir about three leading primatologists that have often risked their lives to study endangered primates in their diminishing habitats.
Great Graphic Novels 2014.

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Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
Hoose, Phillip M.
By looking at the remarkable life of B95, a 20-year-old robin-sized shorebird, we see a species of rufa red knots in peril of extinction due to environmental issues.
(2013 Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults finalist.

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World Without Fish: How Could We Let This Happen?
Kurlansky, Mark
Could it be possible that the main fish we eat, tuna, salmon, cod, and swordfish, could become extinct within fifty years? Kurlansky shows the environmental state of our oceans and the dwindling supply of our oceanic food supply, and what we can do to help preserve our seas.
2012 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Nominations.

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We Are The Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change
Walker, Sally M.
n adaptation by Sally Walker of Tim Flannery’s adult book Weather Makers. This book looks at climate change and gives suggestions for how young people can reduce the carbon emissions in their homes, schools, and communities.
2009 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat
Chevat, Richie & Pollan, Michael
An adaptation for teens of Michael Pollan’s book for adults. With facts, photos, graphs, and visuals, this book encourages youth to consider the personal and global implications of their food choices.
2010 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Nominations.

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An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming
Gore, Albert
A young reader’s companion to the documentary of the same name, Gore explores the causes and effects of global warming.
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The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species
Weidensaul, Scott
A look at the approximately 30,000 species of animals and plants that go extinct every year, and those rare occurrences when a supposedly extinct species makes a surprise reappearance.
2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners.

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Silent Spring
Carson, Rachel
First published in 1962 this book caused enough alarm and outrage that it led to the banning of the pesticide DDT. Still considered a quintessential book in the environmental cannon.
1999 Outstanding Books for the College Bound.

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A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation
Leopold, Aldo
Another classic for nature lovers and conservationists, this collection of essays and photos has been hailed as some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau’s Walden.
2009 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners.

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Fuzzy Mud
Sachar, Louis
Younger teens will appreciate this fictional and thrilling account of biotechnology gone awry, and what the frightening implications could be if ever an event was to occur.
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Schrefer, Eliot
A tale of survival in the deep wilds of Gabon, living among a group of Chimpanzees threatened by hunting and deforestation.
2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
Johnston, E. K.
An alternate world where dragons thrive on carbon emissions. In an alternate world where dragons thrive on carbon emissions, and people are unable to give up their use of fossil fuels. Dragon populations are starting to boom requiring the dependency of dragon slayers.
2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2015 Morris Award Finalist.

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Skink No Surrender
Hiaasen, Carl
Filled with ecological mysteries and online predators this is one wild ride through the Florida wilds.
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Schrefer, Eliot
Set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 14-year-old Sophie’s life is upturned when her mother’s bonobo sanctuary is attacked and she has to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.
2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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Ship Breaker
Bacigalupi, Paolo
A look into the potential future where we need to scavenge our oil from grounded oil tankers. Young Nailer spends his days dismantling toxic waste heaps, until he finds a girl on a shipwrecked tanker, and has to make the choice to strip the tanker or save the girl.
2011 Printz Award, 2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me
Chandler, Kristen
A modern Romeo and Juliet with the differing sides being over the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park.
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Weyn, Suzanne
When oil supplies are gone and global warming is leading to devastating storms, teens join together to lead others to a more environmentally-friendly society.
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The Carbon Diaries 2015
Lloyd, Saci
In this eco-thriller, England is the first country to start carbon dioxide rationing in an attempt to combat global warming. Sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year with rationing as things spiral in and out of control.
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Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
McDonald, Abby
Jenna, an ardent environmentalist, is spending the summer in rural Canada. She finds that not everyone agrees with her beliefs and her “Green Teen” initiative is not as well-received as she anticipated.
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