THERE is Chinese proverb that says: "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.''
With National Tree Day on Sunday and Schools Tree Day on today, it is time to think about planting trees.
The aim of Tree Day is to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to come together to make a positive difference to the environment. Native plants, and usually ones indigenous to the area, are planted to provide food and shelter for wildlife, increase biodiversity and combat habitat loss.
If your school doesn't plant trees there are many other ways to inspire children to think about trees and how important they are. Reading picture books about real people who have planted trees to save their environment really inspired a group of year 2 readers at my school. They did a small project on Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental activist who planted thousands trees which was initiated by the group reading picture books about her life and achievements. There are now five wonderful picture books about Wangari:
• Wangari Maathai by Franck Prevot and Aurelia Fronty Another book about an environmental project that involved planting trees is • The Mangrove Tree by Cindy Trumbone and Susan L. Roth And while we are on the subject of trees and biographies have a look at new book • Luna and Me by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw which tells the story of activist Julia Butterfly Hill who lived in a tree for two years to save it from being chopped down, and • The Tree Ladyby H. Joseph Hopkins and Jill McElmurry which tells the story of activist Kate Sessions' greening of San Diego. There is a multitude of fantastic books about trees and planting them. Below are many others worth finding at the library!
I'm a teacher/librarian in an early childhood school library. The library caters for 3-8 year old children, their teachers and their parents.
My aim here is to showcase at least one book each day until there is ' a year in a Prep School Library'. Usually the date will be the birthday of someone who is connected with Children's Literature.
I have met my initial challenge to write about a book every day, so now I write much more intermittently when I have learned of a new birthday, special day, have had a wonderful teaching moment or have found a great new book.