We're always promising to keep the planet clean for our kids. But will our offspring appreciate what we leave them? These conservation-themed books will help kids green-up for Earth Day on April 22: National Geographic's gorgeous picture book A Cool Drink of Water, by Barbara Kerley, shows the universal importance of clean drinking water. A cute family of rabbits wisely reuses resources in Recycle Every Day, by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. David J. Smith's If the World Were a Village gives eye-opening stats on languages, religions and food from around the world. Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson, by Amy Ehrlich, is a picture-book biography of the "Silent Spring" author and antipesticide pioneer. Carl Hiaasen keeps it PG in Hoot, a mystery novel for older kids that hinges on the endangered owls around the Florida Everglades. Plants on the Trail With Lewis and Clark, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, takes a nonfictional look at the explorers' reliance on botany and plant identification. And extreme-sports fans will love Climbing Everest, by Audrey Salkeld, covering six climbs up the world's tallest mountain. When you're done with a book, pass it along to a friend. Yep, recycling is that easy.
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