June 5th is World Environment Day, and in light of the recent ecological disaster, it couldn’t come at a better time. There has never been a greater opportunity to start, or delve deeper into, a conversation about the planet we call home. Saving the earth is a group effort, and every action counts! Recycle your paper, plastic, and metal. Take public transportation or bike to work. Use a reusable grocery bag. Save your wallet and the planet by taking a reusable water bottle with you when you’re on the go. And most importantly, don’t hesitate to educate the young on our planet’s growing plight.
Here at Star Bright Books, everyone pretty much agrees that a wonderful picture book to read on World Environment Day is Brian Wildsmith’s Professor Noah’s Spaceship. A fresh spin on the story of Noah, Wildsmith crafts a world on the brink of giving up the ghost. Animals have nowhere to go as their forests are cut or burned down. Food is scarce, and what’s is available for consumption is hardly edible. Pollution has left them physically weakened and in danger. Professor Noah steps in to save the animals by whisking them away on his very unusual spaceship. Kids and grown-ups alike will simply love Wildsmith’s bright, colorful illustrations that invoke a sense of whimsy like no other, and Wildsmith breathes new life into the story that has never felt quite so relevant.
As we all worry over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, remember that it’s our job to keep the earth fit for the kids and their future. Then, when it’s their turn, they will be aware of exactly what that entails – so get them started now!