Follow along! Ruth Ann is reading Defender of Dirt and Running with the Sun, every day between Valentine's Day and Earth Day. See the whole playlist as it grows: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLymWW5ifb7it6GK4qRwKbErlHuKJSxFMI
Sheila Says We're Weird
This gorgeously illustrated picture book, for ages 2-9, is a light-hearted approach to understanding simple living and earth stewardship. Children enjoy Sheila's curiosity— and her declarations of "That's weird!"—while learning about slow, local food, composting, and energy conservation.
Recognition for Sheila Says We're Weird:
Available online or through your favorite Independent Bookseller. See Tilbury House Press for more information: https://www.tilburyhouse.com/product-page/sheila-says-we-re-weird-but-we-re-just-green
Permaculture-Inspired Chapter Books
These fun, character-driven novels for 8-12 year olds introduce readers to ecological concepts. Focusing on the power of gardening, pollinators, and renewable energy, these stories show kids and their families taking an active role in promoting sustainable practices, and protecting their environment.
Book I: Defender of Dirt
Our narrator, Rachel, and her kid brother Sam, find themselves in the middle of a neighborhood controversy over the urban garden next door to their new house. A rollicking eco-adventure unfolds, with dive-bombing wrens, composting worms, endangered chickens, and several thousand waggle-dancing bees.
Book 2: Running with the Sun
Starting where Book 1 leaves off, Rachel, Sam, and friends take charge, forming their group, COPE (Children Own Planet Earth) to make positive change happen. Together, they invent Green-O-Ween, put on a race/parade to raise funds for solar power, and save a sick Scottie dog.
Book 1 is available through this site. Book 2 is still in progress, but tune in to the Green Reading Streak, in which I read chapters from both books!