cover image The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming

The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming

Laurie David, Author, Cambria Gordon, Author . Scholastic/Orchard $15.99 (112p) ISBN 978-0-439-02494-5

Eco-activist David, a producer of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth , and former copywriter Gordon pool their energies in this upbeat and articulate book. The authors estimate that 1.2 billion kids between the ages of eight and sixteen live on Earth, each contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. “Your carbon footprint comes from normal, everyday activities like using your computer, turning on the light in your bedroom, taking a bath (heating water uses energy!), and riding in a bus or car to school.” But rather than play the blame game, the book examines the climate crisis and recommends taking action by recycling, carpooling, starting “no-waste” policies in cafeterias (watch those juice boxes) and monitoring the efficiency of home and school appliances—things a young reader can do right away. Kid-friendly analogies, surprising statistics and punchy sidebars enable readers to reflect on scientific evidence. David and Gordon compare oceans to “carbon sponges,” the atmosphere to a jam-packed “bedroom closet” and forests and soils to a “piggy bank” that stores carbon dioxide. Dynamic layouts and abundant illustrations and photos enliven the passionate words—lush, full-bleed photographs emphasize the high stakes by portraying both the splendor of the natural world and the devastating effects of climate change. Printed in soy ink on recycled paper, this engaging and accessible guide, ideal as a gift or book-club option, inspires commitment to the planet. Ages 8-up. (Sept.)