Earth Day by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Mike Gordon.
This latest book in the Robin Hill School series is a charming look at how even the smallest changes make a big difference. Emma is daunted by the large ideas her classmates give for how they can help Save the Earth. Other children want to rescue polar bears and plant forests. Emma heads home discouraged about her lack of big ideas until her father encourages her to start small. They begin biking more, recycling, shopping at farmer’s markets, and other green activities. By the Earth Day, Emma’s small changes have made a big difference and inspire her classmates to make small changes too.
Gordon’s friendly cartoon illustrations add to the accessible feeling of the book. Emma’s self-doubt rings very true and by the end there are no huge changes, but a sense of hope that is honest as well. The message of each person doing a little and making a big difference is one that can be embraced by families and classrooms.
The perfect Earth Day book for early readers, this one can be read aloud or individually. Appropriate for ages 4-6.