4 Picture Books to Inspire Generosity & Recycling
What Happens to Our Rubbish?
Start by discussing why we need to recycle rather than throwing things away. Based on true events Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter illustrates the effects of not recycling. A New York town disposes of 3,168 tons of rubbish on a barge. As the boat proceeds down the coast, every port refuses to accept the cargo.
“For a whole summer, Cap’n Duffy and his little tugboat tugged the garbage around New York… As the summer days got hotter, the garbage grew beyond stinky.” After 162 days offshore the barge finally returns the smelly load back to New York. The book’s wonderful illustrations reveal the (smelly) effects of not recycling. Develop an understanding of recycling and what happens to our rubbish with the links below.
Generosity and Giving
Generosity is more than the giving of gifts, it is about our attitude to others and how we act around them. Using book starts a dialogue on not expecting anything in return of charitable and generous acts. Think about whether you inspire your children with your own actions, especially if you want to build generosity into their lives. Help them look for little ways they can be generous. Don’t make it all about big gestures on special days.
- The Balance: How to Teach Kids about Charity
- CAR Online: 5 Ways to Teach your Children about Charity
- Charities Aid Foundation: Five Reasons to Give to Charity
- Integrated Family Community Services: How to Teach your Children about the Importance of Charity
You may find your child wants to take further action on environmental issues. The Tomorrow Book by Jackie French shows how a group of children work together to make positive changes to their environment. They engage in research to seek solutions before taking constructive action. Working together they make a positive difference to their surroundings. The book is printed on recycled paper to mirror the message of the story.
Finally… Don’t Take it too Far!
Most of us love a good clear out but don’t take it too far! Learn a lesson from Pete the badger. In Tidy by Emily Gravett, he tidies and cleans the forest until it is perfectly neat. He snips off any flowers that don’t match, untangles the fox’s fur and brushes the beaks of all the birds. As the autumn leaves fall, Pete puts them in hundreds of rubbish bags. But now the trees are too bare so he digs them up! The rain covers the forest floor in mud. Pete calls in the diggers and covers the ground in concrete, but now he can’t find the door to his home. After a night outside he soon realises his mistake and sets out to rectify it.