MY HAPPY EARTH promotes environmental education, literacy, and action for all to respect, protect and nurture nature. Earth has provided us with breathtaking landscapes, food to nourish us, clean water to quench our thirst, plentiful raw materials to build with, and so much more! It’s time for us to give back to our beautiful planet so it can sustain us for many generations to come. The book, MY HAPPY EARTH, is a STEM (and STEAM) focused colorful “seek and find” (I Spy) book that illustrates fun and easy activities children and their families can do every day to help Earth be healthy and happy. As they search for hidden pictures in the illustrations, young readers will learn how to apply the 4 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Re-buy) for a clean and healthy environment and to reduce their negative impact on nature. Aligned to K-5 state science standards nationwide, as well as Next Generation Science Standards, MY HAPPY EARTH includes a glossary of environmental terms with easy to understand definitions, and an “I CAN…” list of exciting activities for everyone in the family that will inspire children to be active participants and leaders in protecting Earth. As you read together, your child will love searching for the hidden symbols embedded in the colorful illustrations while they discover their power to protect Earth.
Environmental Education brings countless academic benefits, including enhanced higher-order thinking, academic performance, and student engagement. The National Environmental Education Foundation reports that “Environmental Education (EE) is lauded by educators as an ideal way to integrate academic disciplines, stimulate the academic and social growth of children, and promote conservation of the natural environment.” A Stanford University research study summarizes that EE’s “emphasis on higher-order thinking can help develop academic skills such as critical thinking, decision-making, and systems thinking.” Children have a natural interest in the environment around them – interested students are motivated students, and motivated students are academic achievers! MY HAPPY EARTH engages and interests students, motivating them to learn and to take action for a healthy environment at school and in their communities. Children are our future decision makers – teach them responsible environmental stewardship for a sustainable Earth!
MY HAPPY EARTH is endorsed by Trammell S. Crow, founder of Earth Day Texas (now EARTHx):
“MY HAPPY EARTH was lots of fun to read! Part storybook, part nature book, part environmental education book, and part picture book. It took me on a quest to protect Mother Earth! Hidden pictures were embedded like treasures! Page by page, rainbow colors were revealed amid really fun eco-friendly activities about caring for our environment. My children have grown up, but I’m still a child, and my child woke up in the middle of a rainbow!”
– Trammell S. Crow Founder, EarthDayTX
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