Build a Neighborhood Library
From the Set Earth-Friendly Projects
Introduces the importance of reusing resources and explains how to make a small library to exchange books. Additional features to aid comprehension include detailed step-by-step illustrations, a clear list of materials, informative captions and callouts, fast facts, suggestions on how kids can make a difference, project tips and possible alterations, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, and introductions to the author and illustrator.
- From Trees to Paper to Books
- Helping Communities
- Big and Little Libraries
- Building a Neighborhood Library
- To Learn More
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|ATOS Reading Level|
|Guided Reading Level||P|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Format||Reinforced book, Hosted ebook|
|Number of Pages||24, 24|
|Dimensions||9.5 x 8, 9.5 x 8|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, 1-color illustrations|
A Review of "Earth-Friendly Projects" in School Library Connection
Elementary students will enjoy reading and constructing the environmentally friendly projects featured in this series of short, colorful chapter books. In Build a Weather Station, young investigators discover the variables weather forecasters use to measure and describe weather and the instruments used to record conditions. Subsequent chapters discuss reasons why people need to know about changes in weather conditions, describe the job of meteorologists, and provide lists of materials needed to construct a weather station complete with wind vane, anemometer, barometer, and rain gauge. Simple step-by-step instructions outline the process of making each device, and illustrations and diagrams highlight the directions. This project will enable young scientists to begin measuring climate conditions themselves and make weather science a hands-on learning experience. While this project is easy for students to construct themselves, some of the other projects in the series will need adult assistance. This series is an excellent addition to school libraries where STEM is a curriculum focus. Glossary. Index. Websites.
A Review of "Earth-Friendly Projects" in Children's Bookwatch
‘Build a Neighborhood Library’ is an intriguing title from the Earth Friendly Projects series for elementary age children, to make with adult supervision or assistance. The book begins by exploring the different kinds and sizes of libraries, with an introduction From Trees to Paper to Books, that points out the impact of books on the environment and ways the publishers and others are seeking to counteract this. Just using a library is one good way of helping the environment. A suggestion to be explored is the concept of building a neighborhood library, such as those called the Little Free Libraries. People can start by creating a simple wooden box with a hinged door to hold donated books that can be borrowed and circulated for free. Planning suggestions and instructions and materials for creating the little library box are included. Building skills include woodworking skills, using a hammer, nails, glue, paint, screws, hinges, and installing a hook and eye set. Although simple instructions and illustrations are clear, adult supervision is encouraged whenever needed. After the project is finished, ways of collecting books to stock it are also listed in the side bar labeled Stocking Up. Other informative sidebars give helpful tips or creative ideas for embellishing or finishing the project. ‘Build a Neighborhood Library’ is finished with a glossary and list of other related helpful resources. For an excellent earth friendly project of a manageable size, ‘Build a Neighborhood Library’ offers kids an inviting activity with long lasting rewards. Other titles in the Earth Friendly Projects series that are also highly recommended include: ‘Build a Weather Station (9781503807891),’ by Carol Hand, ‘Build a Solar Cooker’ (9781503807884), by Samantha S. Bell, ‘Build a Rain Barrel’ (9781503807877), by Sally McGraw, ‘Build a Flytrap’ (9781503807860), by Samantha S. Bell, ‘Build a Compost Tumbler’ (9781503807853), by Tracy Abell, ‘Build a Compact Garden’ (9781503807846), by Samantha S. Bell, and ‘Build a Birdhouse’ (9781503807839), by Mirella S. Miller. All hardcover volumes of the Earth Friendly Projects series are illustrated clearly and in color by Roger Stewart.
Author: Annette Gulati
Illustrator: Roger Stewart
Roger Stewart has been an artist and illustrator for more than 30 years. His first job involved drawing aircraft parts. Since then, he has worked in advertising, design, film, and publishing. Roger has lived in London, England, and Sydney, Australia, but he now lives on the southern coast of England.