cover image The World Is Ours to Cherish

The World Is Ours to Cherish

Mary Annaïse Heglar, illus. by Vivian Mineker. Random House, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-5935-6801-9

Speaking in broad language about how global warming is impacting the natural world, Heglar’s epistolary picture book debut begins by noting the “magic all around you. You can see it when the sun rises in the morning.” Establishing that climate change is apparent, simple text next invites readers to cherish nature (“the fireflies who light the night sky”) as a step toward implementing collective change. In a saturated graphical style, Mineker’s digital illustrations depict people of various skin tones encountering the outdoors and collaborating on concrete solutions amid a repeating rainbow motif. It’s a gentle introduction to climate advocacy that emphasizes learning and care. An author’s note and “First Steps for Changing the World” conclude. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)