Books

Please contact RSP to borrow items and coordinate pick-up.

Recycling books

Aluminum Beverage Cans:  The ABCs of Environmental Education by NAAEE Advisory Committee
Awesome Things to Make With Recycled Stuff by Heather Smith with Joe Rhatigan
Likeable Recyclables by Linda Schwartz
Paper by Kids by Arnold Grummer

Composting books

Compost, By Gosh by Michelle Eva Portman
Compost!  Growing Gardens from your Garbage by Linda Glaser
There’s a Hair in My Dirt by Gary Larson
Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof

Environmental science books

Environmental Science Teacher’s Guide:  Hands-on Activities for Grades 5 – 8 by Environmental Science Activity Guide Team
In the Air:  Tools for Learning about Airborne Toxics across the Curriculum by Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center

The Earth, The Alphabet, And Me. by Christine Pesout and Jennifer Donaldson

Environmental economics books

Economics and the Environment by Curt L. Anderson and the National Council on Economic Education

 ALL BOOKS

TITLE:  Aluminum Beverage Cans:  The ABCs of Environmental Education

AUTHOR:  NAAEE Advisory Committee
CATEGORY:  Recycling
FORMAT:  Teacher’s Resource Booklet/Kit
LENGTH:  76 pages
DESCRIPTION:  Kit includes a detailed overview of aluminum beverage can history and manufacturing.  It outlines conceptual content and learning outcomes.  Several lessons and activities are included in this fun kit.  Lessons touch on several different subjects as well as the following concepts:  physical properties of matter, human interaction with their environment, resource conservation, technology, and social awareness.  Teachers may consider requesting a free book online by registering at the website:   http://www.cancentral.com/canc/abc.htm.  An electronic version can be found online as well but the artwork is much better in the printed version.

TITLE:  Awesome Things to Make With Recycled Stuff

 

AUTHOR:  by Heather Smith with Joe Rhatigan
CATEGORY:  Recycling
FORMAT:  Book for all ages
LENGTH:  144 pages
DESCRIPTION:  Find alternatives to “throwing it all away” in this book.  Full of earth-friendly suggestions, projects, and activities, this book gives countless ideas that will help you put the 3Rs into practice.  Inside you’ll also find the definitions of commonly used terms and short articles about the Earth’s resources.

 

TITLE:  Likeable Recyclables

 

AUTHOR:  Linda Schwartz
CATEGORY:  Recycling
FORMAT:  Book for all ages
LENGTH:  128 pages
DESCRIPTION:  This book provides kids of all ages with lots of ways and reasons to reuse and recycle.  It is perfect for parents, teachers, youth group leaders, and others working with young people and care about the environment.

 

TITLE:  Paper by Kids

AUTHOR:  Arnold E. Grummer
CATEGORY:  Recycling
FORMAT:  Juvenile non-fiction book
LENGTH:  111 pages
DESCRIPTION:  Step-by-step instructions for various methods of making decorative paper using material found around the house and simple equipment that can be bought or constructed.  This book provides educational information about what paper consists of and the history of papermaking.

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TITLE:  The Earth, The Alphabet, And Me

AUTHOR:Christine Pesout and Jennifer Donaldson
CATEGORY: Waste Diversion and Sustainability
FORMAT: Juvenile non-fiction book
LENGTH: 26 pages
DESCRIPTION: Emphais on why it’s important to take care of the environment, but also 26 specific, age-appropriate actions children can take to do just that. Using the ABCs as a guide, this book educates kids on a range of environmental issues (water and energy conservation, waste reduction, litter, reuse, recycling) in an approachable and empowering manner.

 

TITLE:  Compost, By Gosh

 

AUTHOR:  Michelle Eva Portman
CATEGORY:  Composting
FORMAT:  Children’s book
LENGTH:  41 pages
DESCRIPTION:  Rhyming text and vivid pictures augment this introduction to the stages and benefits of worm composting.  The book lists organic waste that can be composted indoors and gives brief instructions for making a worm compost (vermicompost) bin for your classroom or home.

 

 

TITLE:  Compost!  Growing Gardens from your Garbage

 

AUTHOR:  Linda Glaser
CATEGORY:  Composting
FORMAT:  Children’s book
LENGTH:  30 pages
DESCRIPTION:  Aimed at the very young child, this beautifully, illustrated book describes what composting is, what it does, and how to go about it.  It tells how one family works together to compost and garden in their back yard, from a child’s point of view.  Find answers to your composting questions on the last page of the book.

TITLE:  There’s a Hair in My Dirt!  A Worm’s Story

 

AUTHOR:  Gary Larson
CATEGORY:  Composting
FORMAT:  Children’s book
LENGTH:  60 pages
DESCRIPTION:  When a worm family sits down to their dinner of dirt, the little worm discovers a hair in his dirt.  Father Worm decides to tell him a story to restore his interest in dinner, and in being a worm.  In doing so, we learn about how every organism is subject to the same physical laws and a part of food webs, energy flows, nutrient cycles and more.

 

TITLE:  Worms Eat My Garbage

 

AUTHOR:  Mary Appelhof
CATEGORY:  Composting
FORMAT:  Adult non-fiction book
LENGTH:  162 pages
DESCRIPTION:  This manual provides complete illustrated instruction on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems.  Topics include different bins, what kind of worms to use, sex life of a worm, preparing worm beddings, how to meet the need of the worms, what kinds of foods to feed the worms, harvesting worms, and making potting soil from the vermicompost produced.  The comprehensive elements make this a valuable and practical reference book.

 

 

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TITLE:  Environmental Science Teacher’s Guide:  Hands-on Activities for Grades 5 – 8

AUTHOR:  Environmental Science Activity Guide Team
CATEGORY:  Environmental Science
FORMAT:  Teacher’s handbook
LENGTH:  96 pages
DESCRIPTION:  This guide was funded with a grant from the US EPA and covers three major topic areas:  Water and Soil, Air and Energy and Waste.  This activity guide aims to provide students with first-hand experience of the science behind environmental issues.  The activities emphasize experimentation, modeling environmental systems and analysis techniques.  The skills introduced are intended to support a hands-on science curriculum. 

TITLE:  In the Air:  Tools for Learning about Airborne Toxics across the Curriculum

 

AUTHOR:  Margaret Lilly and Eleanor Hall, Missouri Botanical Garden
CATEGORY:  Environmental Science
FORMAT:  Teacher’s guide
LENGTH:  varies, depending on module
DESCRIPTION:  This collection of educational activities was funded by the US EPA.  Each module allows teachers and students to explore how our individual and collective behaviors produce airborne toxics.  Accessible and appropriate materials with activities for all grade levels, formatted into the following modules:  K-3, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and adult.  You may also download free educational materials at www.intheair.org.

 

 

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TITLE:  Economics and the Environment

AUTHOR:  Curt L. Anderson and the National Council on Economic Education
CATEGORY:  Environmental Economics
FORMAT:  Teacher’s reference book
LENGTH:  239 pages
DESCRIPTION:  Teachers and students learn about the complementary relationship between their own economic well-being and the natural resources of the environment.  The lessons can be used in high school economics courses, environmental studies or social issues courses, and natural science courses.