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10 Green Book Recommendations: Are Your Kids’ Books Destroying the Rainforest?

Posted Nov 23 2010 12:00am
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Any early childhood educator knows that the single most important thing a parent can do for their child’s cognitive development is read to them. Any environmentalist knows that rainforest destruction is a huge contributor to climate change. Combine children’s literature with rainforest sourced fibers, and what is good for your child’s developing mind is bad for the planet.

According to the Rainforest Action Network (RAN):

Eleven of the nation’s largest children’s book publishers are receiving grades on their roles in rainforest protection today. In a new report and consumer guide released by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), “Rainforest-Safe Kids’ Books: How Do Publishers Stack Up?” leading book publishers are being ranked based on their paper policies and purchasing practices. The consumer guide follows a report launched by the environmental group in May finding that a large number of kids’ books sold in the United States are now being printed in Asia using paper that is closely linked to the loss of rainforests in Indonesia.

Seven publishers, including Candlewick Press, Hachette Book Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Macmillan, Penguin Group USA (Pearson), Scholastic and Simon & Schuster, were “recommended” to consumers this holiday season for their strong environmental practices. Two publishers, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and HarperCollins, were rated as companies to “avoid.” Two lone publishers, Random House and Sterling Publishing, earned a “could do better” mark. For the consumer guide and more information about which publishers are “rainforest-safe,” visit  http://ran.org/bookguide .

The following are ten children’s books for different ages that we love and found on RAN’s approved list:

It’s crazy to think our children’s books are “contributing to the loss of Indonesia’s or other endangered rainforests”.  Thankfully RAN makes it easy for consumers to search for green books.

Of course, don’t forget Eco Libris Green Books Campaign is another great resource for finding planet-friendly books.

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