Tuesday, June 15, 2010

16th June World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Tomorrow, the 17th of June is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. This may seem like a lot to explain to children in a prep school, but they certainly understand what a desert is and what drought is, so reading books about these two things could lead to a discussion of the troubles that these cause and what we can do about it. The aim of this day and a definition for 'desertification' is available at websites such as this. This year's slogan is 'Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere', so perhaps a good place to start your reading is with a factual, but simple book about soil such as Dirt: The Scoop on Soil.

Then choose from a multitude of wonderful picture books such as:
• these three illustrated yet factual books, Drought by Tricia Oktober, Sand Swimmers by Narelle Oliver and The Desert by Jane Bowring and Kim Gamble.
Water Witcher by Jan Ormerod.
Two Summers by John Heffernan and Freya Blackwood
The Story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
This is the Oasis by Miriam Moss
Lila and the Secret Rain by David Conway and Jude Daly

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