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Ecology and the Environment in Children's Literature

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Ecology and the Environment in Children's Literature
History of Ecology in Children's Literature
19th Century: Victorian women- Moral Ecology
• Started to include introduce the natural world to young readers
-Teaching them to behave Christian compassion towards it
• Incorporated storytelling
• Tend to mediate science through a religious lens

The Eden Project
Essential reading for all adults and children concerned about the environment and the way we live in our world. From the way we manage our own private plots to dealing with global issues such as drought and climate change, from celebrating the wonders of the natural world to becoming greener individuals and affecting positive change, there is something for every age range and taste - serious, playful, practical and provocative – from a fantastic list of award-winning, critically acclaimed authors and illustrators.
What is Ecology?
Study of how livings and non living parts of the environment interact with and depend on each other
Living Things
Non-Living Things
Charles Darwin
• Voyage Around the world
• Started to observe plants/animals
o Wrote the first book: on the Origin of Species
o Evolutionary theory

Literature 1890-1940’s
• Seed Babies by Margaret Morley
• The Wild Animals I have known by Ernest Seton
• Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgess
Rachel Carson
• Marine Biologist
o Started The Global Environment Movement
• Said: “Help your child to wonder”
• Wrote- In the spell of the Sensuous
o Shows relationship between humans and their environment
Literature 1940’s-1990’s
• The Giving Tree -By: Shel Silverstein
• Julie and the Wolves –By Jean George
• Hatchet-Gary Paulsen
Eden is all about man's relationship with and dependence upon plants. Much of our food, our clothes, our shelter and our medicines come from the plant world. Without plants there would be no oxygen for us to breathe, no life on earth
-THE EDITOR, Eden Project Books
-Provides a great environmental message AND is produced with 100% recycled paper and vegetable oil based ink.
-George notices a trail of footprints starts to follow him where ever he goes. Everyday the footprints get bigger but he does not know why they are there.
-George changes the way he lives his life
By Jo Readman and Ley Honor Roberts
-Fun, fictional story that educates young children about environmental issues.
-George wants to save the world but is not sure how he can. Grandpa suggests he recycles his yogurt container, putting his banana peel in the compost pile, and hanging the laundry outside to dry.
By Ian Winton & Fred Pearce
-Educates on topics like global warming, pollution, water shortages, ice caps melting.
-Interactive with pull the tabs, lift flaps and pop ups
By Katherine Wheatley
Why is it Important in Children's Literature?
Our Relationship with Nature
Ecology in Today's Children's Literature
As "going green" has become a more popular movement it has also become more dominant in Children's literature More and more children books relate about how to be green rather than what being green means
Publishers have been using popular characters to get message across
-Santa Claus ls Green!: How to have an Eco-Friendly Christmas
- Dona the Explorer: Dora celebrates Earth Day!
- Spongebob Goes Green!: An Earth-Friendly Adventure
There has also been an increase in the use books that are informative.
- Everglades
Author: Jean Craighead/ Illustration: Minor George
- Citizen Scientists,. Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Bockyard
Author: Loree Griffin/ Illustration: Harasimowicz Burns
-Crinkleroot's Guide to Giving Back to Nature
Author/Illustrator: Jim Arnosky
children are viewed as the future of humanity. There has been a large push to teach kids to be
printing of books can in fact, harm the environment by needing large amounts of paper. They suggest moving to paperless methods of printing.
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"Ecology Facts." Ecology Facts- Dialogue for Kids (Idaho Public Television). Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, 17 Sept. 2002. Web. 15 Oct. 2013. http://idahoptv.org/dialogue4kids/season4/ecology/facts.cfm

“Deep into Nature: Ecology, Environment and Children’s Literature.” Victoria Children’s Literature and the Natural World. 2009. Web. 15 Oct. 2013. http://www.ibby.org/fileadmin/user_upload/IBBYLink_24_ pring_2009.pdf

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