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.

Celebrate National Encourage a Young Writer Day on April 10th

National Encourage a Young Writer Day is celebrated on April 10th. To encourage little ones to put pen to paper, PBS KIDS is sharing activities and resources that get the creative juices flowing. 

Children learn to read and write when they are shown by example. When my girls were little, I spent days in the classroom holding writing workshops or participating as a mystery reader.

Unsure where to get the creative process started? Here are some activities below for any age:

PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS for Parents offer free access to media content and community-based experiences that support learning for young children. 

Annabella’s Crown by Jeanne Dennis & Christine St. Jacques

A beautifully told parable about God’s love and living a life that honors him awaits your pre-teen reader in Annabella’s Crown by Jeanne Dennis and Christine St. Jacques.

Told from the eyes of Leopold, the royal cat, this story finds Princess Annabella and her two sisters receiving boxes of jewels from their father. When the gems begin to disappear, Annabella’s two sisters set out to uncover the mystery. But Annabella would rather just have fun, until she finds jewels in their crowns. She can’t understand why her own crown remains plain.

This is a moving and delightful story about developing a loving relationship with God. The reader witnesses a meaningful change in Annabella throughout the story. She is uninterested in learning the mystery behind her disappearing jewels and gets more and more frustrated as she watches the jewels appear on her sisters’ crowns. As her father continues to engage her, she brushes him off, until she gets to a place where she realizes that her actions have brought about consequences. Then she can reflect and figure out what the real treasure is.

The authors have created a very cat-like cat in Leopold. His storytelling makes this book even more enjoyable. As a cat owner, he gave me more than one chuckle along the way. They have also included a discussion about being the heavenly King’s child and there is a space for the young person to add their photo to the opposite page to declare themselves as a forever child of the heavenly King.

Dennis created the stunning artwork for Annabella’s Crown. Rich in color and detail, each illustration covers half of a two-page spread with the exception of page 31, which is in full color.

This engaging story will inspire young readers with its powerful message.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Elk Lake Publishing Inc (August 5, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649493223
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649493224
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.4 ounces
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I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Light We Cannot See by Chris Manion

The Light We Cannot See by Chris Manion is a beautifully told, rhyming story of angels guiding children in heaven to a toy store where they can play through the night in a light the adults cannot see.

Coping with the loss of a sibling, child, or young friend is not easy. Child whisperer and award-winning author, Chris Manion, has woven this touching and heartwarming story of lost little ones being guided to playtime by angels who care for those who God has called home.

Jack Foster, one of my favorite artists, provides the charming illustrations for this story with a powerful message that has the ability to comfort children and adults alike. I appreciate the diverse characters reflected in his illustrations, so that readers can connect with the story on a personal level.

Manion has taken a challenging topic and broken it down into a story filled with light, love, and joy. The Light We Cannot See will touch lives and uplift the brokenhearted. A true treasure.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. (September 10, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 34 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649493657
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649493651

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.