Little Green Books for eco-conscious babes

It’s never too early to plant the seeds of earth-friendly living.

Little Green Books is a fantastic series of books that cover all sorts of green issues from recycling and replanting to creating an awareness of endangered animals and global warming.

What sets Little Green Books apart from other literature available for children about eco-friendly living is the format. Little Green Books are presented as board books, lift-the-flap books and soft cloth books for babies. Each book is made from recycled materials and uses simple language and strong graphics.

We took a look at Don’t Throw That Away and Little Panda. Don’t Throw That Away follows a lift-the-flap format that never fails to please toddlers. On each page a super-hero styled little girl proclaims “Don’t throw that away! You can turn it into a…”, inviting readers to lift-the-flap and reveal how regular household items can be recycled – a milk carton turned into a bird feeder, tin cans into musical instruments and so on.

Little Panda is a comforting soft book for babies. There is a sweet and simple story about a panda and his monkey friend but eco-conscious parents will be attracted to the book’s Polartec fleece cover that is made from recycled materials. The embroidered cover is cute and the fact that it is machine-washable is a bonus (because we all know where these types of books end up – in the mouth!).

Little Green Books live by their own story – the books are printed on recycled materials with vegetable or soy inks and the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly. The Little Green Books website also includes a number of downloadable activities for those that want to explore eco-friendly living further.

Little Green Books are available in Australia from Sustainababy and priced from $8.95 to $14.95.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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