Read Across America Day 2021:
March 2nd, 2021
In 1998, the National Education Association started the United States’ largest celebration of reading, Read Across America. Read Across America’s primary purpose is “motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone” year-round. Read Across America’s diverse selection of books each year allows readers the chance to read about characters like themselves while also reading about many different kinds of people and ways of life from their own.
The National Education Association has many resources available for parents and educators which encourage daily reading that includes the message that reading is for everyone. In addition to encouraging and celebrating reading year-round, the National Education Association celebrates Read Across America Day every year on March 2nd. In honor of this year’s Read Across America Day 2021, we have compiled a list of lists with environmental education/nature-themed books for children of all ages (toddlers – high schoolers). We also added in a few SCT staff picks below – happy reading!
Lists of Environmental Education/Nature-themed Books:
- “10 Inspiring Children’s Books about the Environment” from Book Riot
- “25 Books That Teach Kids To Care About The Environment” from Huffington Post
- “Plantastic Prose: 25 Books about Plants for Little Green Thumbs” from Book Riot
- “6 Children’s Books by Women Authors Perfect for Earth Day” from Book Riot – this list is especially fitting because March is Women’s History Month.
- “Climate Change: A Children’s Book Reading List” from Book Riot
- “16 Books That Will Help Turn Kids Into Young Environmentalists” from New York Magazine
Here are a few SCT staff picks that we’ve either read to our own kids or that we read growing up:
- Hoot by Carl Hiaasen recommended by Hannah, SCT’s Development Manager
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss recommended by Caroline, SCT’s Director of Finance and Scout Liaison
- The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry recommended by Jesse, SCT’s Director of Conservation and Stewardship
- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell recommended by Liz, SCT’s Director of the Fayette Environmental Education Center and Director of Development
- Our School Garden by Rick Swann
- The Thing About Bees A Love Letter by Shabazz Larkin
- Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
- Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha