Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch Cover Image
By Heidi Tyline King, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781101996294
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 13th, 2021

Saving American Beach (Putnam, $17.99) by Heidi Tyline King presents African American environmentalist MaVynee Betsch, an eco-warrior and equal rights activist whose story begs a modern generation’s attention. Mavynee was raised in the Jim Crow South, where white and black children were not allowed to swim together in the ocean. Her wealthy great-grandfather, Abraham Lincoln Lewis, purchased a beach in Florida that welcomed African American families, naming it American Beach. Mayvee passed on a career as an opera singer to protect her family’s beloved beach from environmental disrepair and greedy condo developers. Her story reminds us of the need for safe, equitable spaces in our communities that nurture and celebrate the natural world. Bright mixed-media collages by Ekua Holmes bring Mavynee to life in all her vibrant, singular glory. Ages 6-12. Brandi Rose

Blast from the Past
Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062697370
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 16th, 2021

Just in time for Earth Day, re-visit this love letter to our planet, now in paperback. In Thank You, Earth (Greenwillow Books, $7.99) April Pulley Sayre arranges vibrant nature photographs alongside rhythmic descriptors. From the tiny ladybug to the towering tree, she chimes thank you. From the curves of succulents and prickles of cacti to all shapes that repeat, she sings of the wonder. Extensive back matter lists many resources and organizations to help students learn more about how to care for the planet and take action. Pulley Sayre encourages students to send thank you notes to the earth that become hallway art at school or mailed to media outlets and elected officials. She reminds us that “young people, especially those who investigate the facts and become informed about an issue, can change the world.” Ages 4 - 8. Michelle Allen

Imaginary Borders (Pocket Change Collective) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593094136
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez was six when he became a dedicated climate activist. He protected sacred land from pipelines, sued the federal government, and demanded a transition from fossil fuels. By nine, he was the Youth Director of an organization called the Earth Guardians. This volume of the Pocket Change Collective, a series of pocket-sized books by activists and artists, shows how the climate crisis is a web effecting racial injustice, health, economy, war, and culture. His treatise, Imaginary Borders (Penguin, $8.99), enumerates the ways people of color are disproportionately hit by the climate crisis. He details how he reclaimed his media-defined narrative and became the hip hop artist he is today. His music brings an authentic voice to the issues about which he is passionate. Martinez argues that to make progress on climate, a cultural shift is necessary that includes people in every facet of society. Ages 13+. Anna Jordan