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Recommended Reading: Books for Teachers


Recommended Reading: Books for Teachers

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Biophilia: the human bond with other species

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books

By Edward O. Wilson, 1984

Biophilia is Edward O. Wilson’s most personal book, an evocation of his own response to nature and an eloquent statement of the conservation ethic. Wilson argues that our natural affinity for life–biophilia–is the very essence of our humanity and binds us to all other living things.

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Children & Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness & Cruelty

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books

By Frank R. Ascione, 2005

In recent decades, scientific research has provided evidence that the maltreatment of animals often overlaps with violence toward people. Violence, including bullying, schoolyard assaults, child abuse in homes and intimate partner violence are often intertwined with animal cruelty. This book presents current scientific and professional wisdom about the relation between the maltreatment of animals and interpersonal violence in an understandable style and language.

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Children and Nature: psychological, sociocultural, and evolutionary investigations

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books

By Peter H. Kahn Jr. and Stephen R. Kellert, 2002

This book draws on research from numerous fields to examine the evolutionary significanc e of nature during childhood; the formation of children’s conceptions, values and sympathies toward the natural world; how contact with nature affects children’s physical and mental development; and the educational and political consequences of the weakened childhood experience of nature in modern society.

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Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books, Featured Reading, Jr./Sr. High Non-Fiction

By Allie Phillips, 2011

Do you love cats, dogs and other pets? Do you want to do more to help protect and advocate for these pets, but don’t know where to start? Defending the Defenseless is for anyone who wants to join a growing crusade to bring animal protection to its rightful place in a civilized society, to protect animals from harm inflicted by humans, and allow them to live happily in an environment that appreciates their unique qualities. Regardless of career or lifestyle, anyone can become an advocate for pets in a growing movement to defend the defenseless. This book guides readers through the variety of ways they can help companion animals and…

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EarthKind: A Teachers’ Handbook on Humane Education

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books

By David Selby, 1995

This comprehensive handbook develops the theory and practice of humane education and offers an extensive range of practical and lively activities for both primary and secondary classrooms. It presents ideas for teacher education and provides detailed information on further resources and humane education organizations.

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Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books, Jr./Sr. High Non-Fiction

By Eric Chaline, 2011

Covers the fascinating stories of creatures great and small and how they have played a central role in the development of our world.

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Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone who has Lost a Pet

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books

By Gary Kowalski, 1997

The loss of an animal companion can be a painful, wrenching experience. The author takes you on a journey of healing, offering warmth and sound advice on how to cope with the death of your pet. Filled with heartwarming stories and practical guidance on such matters as taking care of yourself while mourning, creating rituals to honor your pet’s memory, and talking to children about death, Goodbye, Friend is a beautiful and comforting book for anyone grieving the loss of a beloved animal.

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Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books

By Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn, 2001

This compendium of articles from Green Teacher, North America’s leading environmental education magazine, brings together the best strategies for school-ground renewal. Greening School Grounds provides an overview of the school grounds greening movement, complete project plans, and subject integration. From vegetable and butterfly gardens to an amphibian oasis and avian attractors, this comprehensive guide offers a trove of curriculum tie-ins, activities, and plans.

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Keepers of the Animals: Native Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books

By Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, 1999

A beautifully written and illustrated book, Keepers of the Animals helps parents and teachers educate children about “our relationship with the animals.” The stories, 27 in all, demonstrate the power and importance of animals in Native North American traditions and are more relevant today than ever.

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Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Category: Books for Teachers, Chapter Books

By Richard Louv, 2005

Based on the premise that our children are the first generation to be raised without the meaningful contact with the nature world, the author directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation to some of the most disturbing childhood trends such as rises in obesity, attention deficit disorder and depression.