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Bringing children's lit into the therapy room for Earth Day

As you can tell, I LOVE to use books during speech and language therapy.  This week I thought I would talk about a couple of great books to use for Earth Day. As usual, this post does not contain affiliate links.  I just really like these books.  

1.  Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel.  A superhero called Michael Recycle come to a town and gets everyone in the town to start recycling. This book talks about why you should recycle and what you should recycle.  It is highly engaging and the kids seem to really enjoy it. Some of the children get thrown by the fact that Michael has eyelashes in the illustrations.  They are unsure if he is a boy or a girl.  It is a good opportunity to talk about who has eyelashes and I have children chart who does and doesn't have eyelashes. This book has lots of rhyming pairs, e.g. "glitter" and "litter."  It is also great for building vocabulary by using words such as "hazy," "rotten," and "colander" and contains a variety of verbs. It is also great for all sorts of categorization activities.  As well,  Michael Recycle uses lots of "L" and "R" blends for speech therapy. Michael Recycle meets Litterbug Doug is another fun book in the series.

2. Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland. This one has a slightly different focus but still fits nicely in an "Earth Day" theme. A big bear in the forest loves to give hugs, especially to trees, but what happens when the bear meets a logger looking to chop down some of the old trees? I have used this book to work on problem-solving and predicting.  What would the children do if they saw a logger going to chop down a tree that they loved?  The children and I talk about what is made from wood and ideas of conservation.  This again leads into a recycling discussion. 

In honour of Earth Day here is a little freebie. What are some of your favourite Earth Day books?

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