Please welcome author Marsha Diane Arnold today with Books about Rainforests and How we can Protect Them. Her newest picture book is Armando’s Island and are giving away a copy. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.
Thank you, Mia, for having me on Pragmatic Mom. I’m here to celebrate the rainforests and bring attention to their beautiful wildlife and the indigenous people who call them home. I believe if we learn about the rainforests, we will care about them. Only when we care, will we have the will to protect them. I hope all of these wonderful books will inspire young readers to learn more about nature.
6 Picture Books about Rainforests and How We Can Protect Them
Armando’s Island by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Anne Yvonne Gilbert
My own rainforest book, Armando’s Island, was written as a fable and came out in early August. Armando’s home is the rainforest. He knows its sights, smells, tastes, and sounds, as well as its plants and wildlife. When outsiders begin laying claim to and destroying the surrounding landscape, the distressed animals find refuge with Armando in the only remaining pocket of untouched forest, his “island.” Readers have celebrated Anne Yvonne’s spectacular illustrations, especially how she often has Armando and the wildlife look straight at the reader. This strongly connects the readers to the purpose Armando has – to protect his small patch of rainforest and the wildlife that has fled to it. Armando’s Island invites the reader to participate in decisions about preserving the wild, the rainforests. An Activity Guide will be available in early September, on The Creative Company site and my website. [picture book, age 6 and up]
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
The first rainforest book I’ll share is Lynne Cherry’s classic The Great Kapok Tree. I’m especially happy to share this book as several reviewers have compared Armando’s Island to it. I’m humbled and honored. Sandy Brehl has compared them, stating that the Kapok tree is also “a sort of island of survival within a rainforest.” In The Great Kapok Tree, a man is exhausted by trying to chop down the giant tree. While he rests and sleeps, the forest residents, including a Yanomami child, whisper to him about the importance of the tree. Lynne journeyed to the rainforest of Brazil to write and illustrate this beautiful picture book. [picture book, age 4 and up]
The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest by Heather Lang, illustrated by Jana Christy
Meg Lowman, also known as “Canopy Meg,” is a courageous scientist who has made amazing discoveries in the rainforest tree canopies. Meg encountered challenge after challenge but never gave up. This picture book biography demonstrates how, as Meg said, “We are part of our ecosystem, not outside it.” She was always fascinated by the natural world and this book will likely have readers fascinated too. [picture book biography, age 7 and up]
Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal
In this luxuriantly illustrated book, we explore the wonders of the rain forest with Zonia, an Asháninka girl, in her joyful outdoor adventures. The text focuses on Zonia’s bond with her home. The back matter includes a translation of the story in Asháninka, information on the Asháninka community, and resources on the Amazon rain forest and its wildlife. [picture book, age 4 and up]
Over and Under the Rainforest by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Part of the fascinating Over and Under series, this book explores the canopy and floor of the rainforest. The exploration happens as a child narrator hikes through the Costa Rican rainforest with Tito, perhaps an older relative. There is well-researched backmatter, with details about each creature seen. [picture book, age 5 and up]
One Tiny Treefrog by Tony Piedra, illustrated by Mackenzie Joy
I consider Costa Rica my second home, so I must include One Tiny Treefrog here. This is the story of a red-eyed tree frog’s life cycle in the Costa Rican rainforest. Beginning with ten sticky frog eggs, the story shows the slim odds of survival, counting down to one last “resilient” tadpole. The back matter includes an explanation of what happens on each page and additional information on tree frogs, as well as a drawing containing all 13 Costa Rican species in the book. [picture book, age 4 and up]
Armando’s Island GIVEAWAY!
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Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold is a picture book author of twenty-three books, with over one million books sold. Her books have garnered honors like Best First Book by a New Author, Smithsonian Notable, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Her Lights Out, about light pollution, has been praised by the Dark Sky and children’s lit communities and was a finalist for the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text. Marsha lives in Florida with her husband and funny dog Sailor. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and exploring new places and ideas.
You may learn more about Marsha and her work at www.marshadianearnold.com. She can also be found at Facebook: MarshaDianeArnold. Instagram: marshadianearnoldauthor, or Twitter: @MarshaDArnold. She is represented by Karen Grencik at the fabulous Red Fox Literary Agency.
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