Celebrate Earth Day with Resources from PBS KIDS

Earth Day is celebrated around the world annually on April 22. PBS KIDS recognizes that it’s important to teach little ones about the changes around us and the importance of protecting nature, too. Here are some resources to nurture learning outside the classroom:

  • How do you celebrate Earth Day? Get inspired with 15 ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids.
  • These PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors hubs feed kids’ curiosity about nature, animals, and the changes that come with warmer months.  
  • What does ‘recycle’ mean? Learn about turning something old into something new with Daniel Tiger.
  • ‘Nature is Our Neighbor’ is a catchy Wild Kratts original–filled with fun visuals and easy ways for everyone to pitch in and save our planet! 
  • Want to learn more about composting? Elinor Wonders Why shows us what the compost cycle is all about here
  • As busy routines pick back up, this article shares a handful of reminders of why getting outside can be so special to slow down as a family.

Check out PBS KIDS for Parents to find more helpful resources.



Today’s guest blogger is Kathleen Crawley, author of the fun new children’s book , Colonel Trash Truck.  

Kids love trucks and are most familiar with the truck that visits their house every week – the garbage truck.  So, there is no better way to teach them to respect the environment than to introduce them to Colonel Trash Truck – a likable, fun-loving hero who is extremely focused about his mission to win the garbage war.  He sees the world and nature as a beautiful gift that we all need to appreciate and protect.  Colonel Trash Truck believes cleaning up trash and recycling is something we all must do and he wants nothing more than to have kids join him in his quest. Now’s the time to become a member of his Clean and Green Team! KARUNCH!


  • THROW TRASH IN THE TRASH CAN!  You may think “duh!” but SO many kids do not put trash in the garbage and drop it on the floor or on the playground or give it to their mom.  She is not a trash can, the floor is not a trash can and neither is the playground.  Sure sometimes there isn’t a garbage can around when you need to throw something away but it is so important to make the extra effort to find one.  Look around the next time you are at a park or the beach and you will be surprised at how much trash is on the ground.  The Colonel needs your help because he can’t do it alone.  The more you toss your trash in the correct place, others will too!
  • MAKE SURE TO RECYCLE!  Sometimes it can be hard to remember to recycle and put items into the correct recycle bin but it is really important when it comes to saving our planet.  Papers and cups can be recycled and used over and over again so that we don’t use up all the trees on our planet.  You would be surprised how many things can turn into something else like an aluminum can can be a soda one day and a baseball bat the next.  If we reuse bottles and papers and cans, we will use less of our natural resources and save our planet from wasting away.  There is no better way to help Colonel Trash Truck in his quest to keep the planet green than to recycle!
  • TURN OFF THE WATER FAUCET WHEN YOU ARE NOT USING IT!  Does the water faucet really need to be on while you brush your teeth?  Do you always remember to turn the faucet all the way off after you are done washing your hands and make sure it isn’t dripping? Colonel Trash Truck knows how important it is to save water because it is used for so many things like growing the food we eat.  Please help him by making sure to conserve water whenever you can and turn off that faucet!

Kathleen Crawley has been an advertising executive for over fifteen years.  She resides with her husband Ronald Thomson in Redondo Beach, California.  She is a native Californian having graduated from UCLA with a B.A in sociology.  Colonel Trash Truck is her first book.  About writing for children, Kathy says, “I have a number of books I want to write for kids because I think children are fascinating.  They are open, creative, and interested in everything; they bring out the kid in me.” 

You can visit Kathleen online at www.coloneltrashtruck.com


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Colonel Trash Truck by Kathleen Crawley

colonel-coverEncourage your kids to become part of Colonel Trash Truck’s Clean and Green Team with this new rhyming book by Kathleen Crawley that teaches kids in a fun way about the importance of recycling.

Colonel Trash Truck travels the streets with his Clean and Green Team to help win the war on garbage.  From leaves to litter, from doo to scum, Colonel Trash wants to keep the world beautiful.  But he needs your help, so save the trees, recycle and reuse whenever possible.

Every parent, grandparent, care giver, Preschool or Kindergarten teacher who wants to encourage young children to “Go Green” will want to pick up a copy of Colonel Trash Truck by Kathleen Crawley.  In this charming and fun rhyming book, Crawley helps youngsters realize they can do their part and it doesn’t have to be hard at all.  Using children’s fascination with large trucks, the author has created a lovable character in Colonel Trash Truck–a lovable character with a mission. 

The adorable and vibrant illustrations provided by Manuel Conde will catch the eyes of young readers and make them want to know more about this big, smart-looking truck.  My favorite character is the litter bug, who you’ll also find gracing the back cover.

While some books for kids  about recycling can be too strong in their message, Crawley weaves her message in a subtle manner with a lyrical prose that will definitely make a big impression on them.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait until the next ones in this series come out!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Big Tent Books
  • ISBN-10: 1601310331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601310330
  • SRP:  $14.95
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