EE Week Book Chain

   We are smack-dab in the middle of National Environmental Education Week! Charlotte's preschool is celebrating by studying bugs and Claudia and I have been enjoying one of our new favorite books which is perfect for the occasion, What Do You See?: A Lift-the-Flap Book About Endangered Animals!

   In my "Special Sights ~ A Mighty Girl" post, I pored over A Mighty Girl's site and found many books I wanted to get for the girls including What Do You See?. Claudia has loved it since the day it arrived in the snail mail, so much so, I selected this title to send off in our book chain! Taken from a review on Amazon, "Stephen Krensky’s clever, rhyming text entices young readers to guess which endangered species are hiding beneath the flaps! From a panda bear to a monarch butterfly, each spread features text and flaps which hint at the animal’s identity, until finally it is revealed by lifting the flap. Composed of 100% recycled material, this playful and interactive new title is both entertaining and environmentally friendly!"

   Environmental Education Week is observed from April 14-20 this year and, according to its website, "EE Week is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education held each year the week before Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students."

"With increasing concerns about childhood obesity and nature deficit disorder, there has never been a more critical time to work mindfully to connect children with their natural world. EE Week provides...resources and tools to help educators involve students in outdoor learning experiences and understanding their relationship to nature."

   If you're stuck indoors because of spring showers (or, God forbid, a snowstorm- yuck), cuddle up with your little one and a copy of What Do You See? Purchase it here! The recommended ages for this lift-the-flap book are 3-5, but my almost five-year-old hasn't picked it up much compared to my two-year-old. The pages and flaps are thick enough for a baby's little fingers; it also provides a great learning experience for toddlers to become versed on our animal friends!

This art print is available on ETSY!
   For those of you blessed with some beautiful spring weather, find the nature center nearest you with this map, unplug, and go outside! A trip to the zoo (or even a local pet store) would also be a great way to spend quality time with your baby while filling his/her mind with environmental knowledge. If you're really short on time, grab a few empty bathroom trashcans and teach your baby to recycle by sorting plastic bottles, newspapers, magazines, and cereal boxes.

   If you have liked my page on facebook, you might have seen my recent posts about a book chain. I still have three spots left! This is an old-school chain letter that, if you participate, will result in expanding your children's library by 36 books! There is no age limit and no other requirements beyond purchasing and mailing one book (I chose and sent What Do You See?), and then continuing the chain by sending it to six of your friends! Message me via facebook or email (islacunninghambooks@gmail.com) if you want to join in on the book chain fun!

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