Keep Albuquerque Beautiful
A Program of the Solid Waste Management Department
Keep Albuquerque Beautiful has compiled a list of books for your classroom. Please take a moment to browse some of the titles. Enjoy.

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Recycle
Title: 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Recycle
Author: Earthworks Press
Brief Summary: Explains things that children can do to recycle at home or school. Includes information about purchasing recyclable goods.

Title: Beautiful Junk: Creative Classroom Uses for Recyclable Materials
Author: Karen Brackett & Rosie Manley
Brief Summary: More than 200 ways to recycle boxes, cans, flyers and other throwaways into classroom equipment and materials for student projects.

Title: Bob's Recycling Day
Author: Annie Auerbach
Brief Summary: It's recycling day for Bob and the team. By using the enclosed reusable stickers, readers help sort out newspapers, bottles, plastic and cans. Will Farmer Pickles' tea set end up in the wrong Pile? Find out in this interactive story about teamwork!

Title: Compost! Growing Gardens from Your Garbage
Author: Linda Glaser
Brief Summary: The reasons for composting are gently woven into a simple narrative that follows a little girl and her family through the seasons in this charming picutre book about using our resources wisely.

Title: Crafts from Recyclables: Great Ideas from Throwaways
Author: Colleen Van Blaricom
Brief Summary: A collection of ideas for creating crafts from everyday throwaway items, includes colorful illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions for making a jewelry box from an egg carton, an aquarium from a plastic soda bottle and more.

Title: Earth Book for Kids: Activities to Help Heal the Environment
Author: Linda Schwartz
Brief Summary: Creative ideas with easy-to-follow instructions show kids how to make their own paper, compare phosphate levels in detergents, test the effects of oil pollution, conduct a recycling survey, create a trash sculpture, redesign a package, and create a chart flush.

Title: Earth-friendly Outdor Fun: How to Make Fabulous Games, Gardens and Other Projects from Reusable Objects
Author: George Pfiffner
Brief Summary: Includes step-by-step instructions on how to convert materials such as scrap carboard and plastic bottles into items for outdoor fun and use.

Title: EcoArt!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3-To-9-Year-Olds (Williamson Kids Can!)
Author: Laurie Winn Carlson
Brief Summary: This book is suitable for ages 3 to 9 years of age. The author combines her intuitive sense of each child's need for self-expression and interaction with nature with her wealth of imaginative experiences. All the projects use recyclable, reusable, household materials and / or items found in nature.

Title: Ecology Crafts For Kids: 50 Great Ways to Make Friends with Planet Earth
Author: Bobbe Needham
Brief Summary: "An outstanding craft book that offers clear directions for more than 50 projects, all made from recycled, reused, or hatural materials." -School Library Journal, starred review.
"Wonderful... The photographic illustrations are beautiful...Students will be eager to borrow this superb book... Teachers will each want to own their own copy." - Appraisal

Title: Garbage
Author: Karen O'Connor
Brief Summary: Examines the dumping of garbage in oceans, on land in the air and in space and suggests possible solutions to this problem of waste pollution.

Title: Garbage and Recycling (Young Discoverers: Environmental Facts and Experiments)
Author: Rosie Harlow & Sally Morgan
Brief Summary: Explaining the difference between biodegradable and nonbiodegradable garbage, this book shows how glass, metal and wool can be easily recycled. How Can I Help? boxes give suggestions for the young environmentalist who wants to recycle at home.

Title: The Great Trash Bash
Author: Loreen Leedy
Brief Summary: Ways to dispose of trash and create less of it.

Title: How On Earth Do We Recycle Glass?
Author: Joanna Rott & Seli Groves
Brief Summary: Discusses how glass is made and the problems with its waste and shows kids how they can cut down on glass discards by reusing glass products to make a clown storage jar, a light bulb sachet, and a stained glass window.

Title: How On Earth Do We Recycle Metal?
Author: Rudy Kouhoupt
Brief Summary: Examines the problems associated with the disposal of metal waste and describes how it can be recycled by creating objects such as jewelry, weathervanes, and Christmas ornaments.

Title: How On Earth Do We Recycle Plastic?
Author: Janet D'Amato & Laura Stephenson Carter
Brief Summary: Discusses the environmental problems caused by the manufacture and disposal of plastic and presents crafts projects that use recycled plastic.

Title: I Can Save the Earth: A Kid's Handbook for Rescuing Life On Earth
Author: Anita Holmes & David Neuhaus
Brief Summary: Kids learn why it's important for them to become custodians of the earth and are given numberous ways to do so in this lively, informative handbook. They'll find out about the earth, water, plants, and animals, what endangers them and how they can be protected for the future. Simple projects are illustrated with line drawings.

Title: The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
Author: Dr. Seuss
Brief Summary: Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty.
"The big, colorful pictures and the fun images, word plays and rhymes make this an amusing exposition of the ecology crisis."-School Library Journal.

Title: Mr. Garbage (Bank Street Ready-To-Read)
Author: William H. Hooks
Brief Summary: Remember Mr. Dinosaur? Well, Eli's at it again. Only this time he's Mr. Garbage, recycling almost everything he touches. (You better watch out or he'll take this book too!) Soon he and his disgusted big brother are into garbage up to their eyebrows. Can they did their way out of all that trash before thier room becomes an ecological nightmare? Help the garbage gang save the earth in this hilarious and inspiring book.

Title: Recycled Paper: From Start To Finish
Author: Samuel G. Woods
Brief Summary: You'll get a look at how familiar items like crayons, sneakers, chocolate, and guitars are made. And you'll have a chance to see and understand the whole manufacturing process - from raw materials through finished product.

Title: The Recycler's Handbook
Author: Earth Works Group
Brief Summary: Explains what can be recycled, how to prepare, sort, and pack it, and where to take it for recycling.

Title: Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids
Author: Gail Gibbons
Brief Summary: This lively and informative handbook explains the process of recycling from start to finish. The book focuses on 5 different types of rubbish - paper, glass, aluminum cans, plastic and polystyrene.

Title: Recycling
Author: Gary Chandler & Kevin Graham
Brief Summary: Presents an overview of recycling processes and describes how recycled plastic, paper, fibers, and other materials can be used to create all kinds of new products.

Title: Taking Care of the Earth: Kids in Action
Author: Laurence Pringle
Brief Summary: An award-winning author on nature and the environment presents a positive look at how kids can take care of the earth. Printed on recycled paper, this book includes practical tips on what kids can do to clean up and preserve our planet. A list on environmental organizations provides resources and a starting point for planning projects.

Title: Taking Out The Trash: A No-Nonsense Guide To Recycling
Author: Jennifer Carless
Brief Summary: Taking Out the Trash is a thorough guide to recycling as both concept and practical endeavor, providing readers with a valuable understanding of the nature and importance of the process. Jennifer Carless surveys the field - past, present, and future - analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of other methods of waste disposal (landfills, incineration) before considering the basics of recycling. Carless examines the different methods of collecting, transporting, and processing.

Title: Waste and Recycling
Author: Barbara James
Brief Summary: Discusses types of waste, including domestic, industrial, agricultural, and radioactive, and how it can be handled and controlled.

Title: Where Does the Garbage Go?: Revised Edition
Author: Paul Showers
Brief Summary: To the landfill to see how trash keeps piling up ... to the recycling center to see how a soda bottle can be turned into a flowerpot. Filled with graphs, charts, and diagrams, Where Does the Garbage Go? explains how we deal with the problem of too much trash and provides ideas for easy ways to be a part of the solution.

Title: Why Does Litter Cause Problems?
Author: Isaac Asimov
Brief Summary: Discusses how litter damages our environment and how to dispose of it properly.