Dawn’s book pick about what is climate change for young readers

Title: What is Climate Change?, by Gail Herman

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: Penguin Workshop Age level 8-12 years, Grades 3-7 Although this is a US publication and focuses on developments and politics in the US, it is extremely relevant to the world who need positive action from the US on climate change decisions. The book begins by demonstrating the impact of climate change on polar bears. With simple black and white drawings Herman clearly shows how the habitat of the polar bear has been affected by the melting of polar ice. The weather, she points out, is softening permafrost, melting polar ice and threatening coastal homes.

Read More


Dawn’s book pick about Water for young readers

Title: Water, by Melissa Stewart

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: National Geographic Kids Level Three Fluent Reader Age range 6-9 Finally a book for children that introduces them to what Georgian Bay is all about - water! In this book they learn about the concept of the 'blue planet' and that “Water covers almost three quarters of Earths surface.” Stewart takes the young fluent reader through the development of life forms from their start in the ocean through their evolution to the land. Beginning with the four oceans, the author then shifts to fresh water lakes, describing the food chain. She explains the role rivers play as they flow into the ocean picking up silt and some salt from the land.

Read More


Dawn’s book pick about the Night Sky for young readers

Title: Night Sky, by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: National Geographic Kids Level Two Reading Independently Grades 1-3 If your family is like mine, we love to lie on our deck in the dark and watch the stars in the night sky. If you are like me, you’d probably like to know more about the constellations but are overwhelmed with technical jargon. With the help of this easy-to-read children’s book, your children and grandchildren can guide you through the night sky.

Read More


Dawn’s book pick introducing Weather to young readers

Weather, by Kristin Baird Rattini

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: National Geographic Level One, starting to read 4-6 years
Before a small children can begin to understand how our climate is changing, they must gradually learn the concepts that interact to influence our earth’s environment. What better way than with an introductory book written for four to six-year-olds. Weather by Kristin Baird Rattini, published by National Geographic is just the right beginning reading book to stimulate and interest young scientists.

Read More


Dawn’s book pick about how to avoid a climate disaster

Title: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, by Bill Gates

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: Alfred A Knopf New York Toronto 2021 If you are at all like me, the thought of megawatts and gigahertzes makes my eyes glaze over. Bill Gates, technology genius and selfless philanthropist, has written a book just for us in this critical era of climate crisis.

Read More


Helen’s book pick: We Are the Weather

Title: We Are the Weather, Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Reviewed and recommended by Helen Bryce, GBF director and chair of the Education Committee

In this unsettling and uncertain COVID-19 environment, we are thankful that the majority of society practices “social isolation/physical distancing", that the medical profession bravely carries on treating the infected, that businesses retool to produce what society needs and that governments step up to the challenge of protecting us all. Why then, can we not do the same things to save our planet before we reach “runaway climate change” and nothing can save us?

Read More


Jennifer’s book pick: Find out how trees are social beings

Title: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World

Reviewed and recommended by Jennifer Ferguson, GBF director and chair of the Communication Committee

Published by: Greystone Books Ltd. and the David Suzuki Foundation A walk in the woods or down a tree-lined street will take on new wonders after you read Peter Wohlleben’s fascinating book, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World.

Read More


Anne’s book pick about the climate crisis

Title: Just Cool It! The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do. A Post-Paris Agreement Game Plan, by David Suzuki and Ian Hanington

A recommendation by Anne Randell, director and previous chair of GBF

Published by: Greystone Books Ltd., David Suzuki Institute Climate change is one of the most pressing crises in our world today. Although some misinformed skeptics do not believe in the seriousness of it, there are many facts and figures, based on scientific evidence, that prove that it is a significant and serious concern for all of us.

Read More