Earth LOVE, No. 23

Celebrate Earth Day with Earth-LOVE Episode No. 23 of the Storytime Seedlings Podcast - for storytime anytime, anywhere you want, just click the podcast play button below!

For a handy print-out of Earth loving songs, books and fingerplays -- click here!

Books About Earth to LOVE:

The Giving Tree

The EARTH Book

The Curious Garden

SCCLD Browser Based Books to Enjoy for Earth Day:

Songs and Fingerplays to LOVE the Earth

Earth Loves Me

(To the tune: Are You Sleeping)

I see robins

I see honey bees

The sky so blue

Flowers and you

The trees and wind go dancing

I feel my heart start singing

I love Earth and Earth loves me.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

(Tune: The More We Get Together)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycle, recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

It’s easy to do ‘

Cause your trash

And my trash

Make up way

Too much trash

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle It’s easy to do!  Source

Pre-Literacy Tip:  Poetry + Earth Love = Recycled Art

The month of April is National Poetry Month and Earth Day is on the 22nd of April. What's more -  here in California -  Spring has sprung! What better way to welcome spring than with poetry?  April, spring, poetry, our beautiful Earth - make all of it come together in the spirit and action of recycling as art and poetry. I recently posted a blog post titled Earth Day + Poetry Month = Recycled Art.

Making art with materials on hand is a fun way to be resourceful. Parents and young children working together can share a creative experience that is also a teaching time. Children will learn about poetry in a fun way as well as Earth Day and the importance of recycling.

A poem I included in the Earth Day + Poetry Month = Recycled Art blog post - Minnie and Mattie by Christina Rossetti found its way to me with brown paper bags, scissors, glue, crayons and a ball point pen. First came the chain of paper dolls, then coloring Minnie, Mattie and May. The poem is "inked" on side panels from a brown paper grocery bag and decorated with "primroses" cut out of another bag.

My first attempt at poetry recycled art was for our Recycled Art Challenge What is Pink? by Christina Rossetti is celebrated with a paper bag, magazine cut-outs, drawings on junk mail, scissors, markers and glue.

What is Pink? By Christina Rossetti

What is pink? a rose is pink
By a fountain's brink.
What is red? a poppy's red
In its barley bed.
What is blue? the sky is blue
Where the clouds float thro'.
What is white? a swan is white
Sailing in the light.
What is yellow? pears are yellow,
Rich and ripe and mellow.
What is green? the grass is green,
With small flowers between.
What is violet? clouds are violet
In the summer twilight.
What is orange? Why, an orange,
Just an orange!


I'm Lauren Teixeira, Children's Librarian and Podcaster.

 Find more podcast episodes on my blog page - Laurenjoan

You can also find episodes of the Storytime Seedlings Podcast through your favorite podcast site (Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Listen Notes, iHeartRadio, Overcast, and TuneIn), subscribe today!