April 23, 2009

Earth Day: Children's Authors Share Tips

Yesterday was Earth Day and there are lots of fabulous children's books available on the subject. As a writer, one book I found particularly compelling is Recycle This Book! : 100 Top Children's Authors Tell You How To Go Green, written by Dan Gutman (author of Million Dollar Shot and My Weird School series). Adults can benefit from reading the book and kids will love reading tips from their favorite authors. A terrific book for the classroom (attention all teachers!)(attention parents looking for a unique end-of-the-year teacher's gift!). This collection of essays, stories and tips includes these authors:

Jerry Spinelli (he donates and buys from thrift stores)
Lois Lowry (uses an outside clothesline to dry laundry)
Roland Smith (spend more time walking)
Laurie Halse Anderson (combine trips/errands to use less gas)

Some tips are easy to implement and some are a real challenge. Those of us who are writers, know the challenge of using less paper. Multiple revisions, query letters, rejected manuscripts - it all adds up to paper waste. My personal tip for paper conservation (aside from having every manuscript acquired upon first draft!) : use every piece again. Our home office has a stash of gently-used computer paper. The other side is used for artwork, homework, math problems, errand lists, website addresses, phone messages, grocery list, notes to teachers. This Earth Day I will challenge myself to adopt one new tip from the authors listed in Recycle This Book! Maybe if Dan Gutman writes Volume II, he'll include this author!

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