One Well: The Story of Water on Earth     By: Rochelle Strauss

One Well is a book from the Citizen Kid Series: A collection of books that inform children about the World and inspires them to be better global citizens.

With colorful paintings, author Rochelle Strauss tells the story of water on earth: all water is connected, water supports life, and some people in the world do not have clean water. This books is an excellent resource for families.

A Long Walk to Water     By: Linda Sue Park 

A Long Walk to Water is based on a true story. The book alternates between the story of Salva Dut and Nya. Salva’s story begins in 1985, at the age of eleven, when he is separated from his family in Sudan due to war. He traveled on foot for miles through war-torn areas, starvation, animal attacks, and disease. Arriving in Kenya, Salva led 150 boys to safety. Many of these boys were air-lifted to the United States. There he was able to learn English and attend college. The entire course of Salva’s story is extraordinary, but his choice to return home to Sudan to make a difference finds courage at its finest. Salva returned to Southern Sudan and created a foundation that digs deep water wells for areas that have never experienced clean water.

Nya’s story takes place in 2008 in Sudan. She must walk twice a day, on a two hour trek to gather water for her family. The story of Nya and Salva intersect with the establishment of his foundation.

A Long Walk to Water can be a powerful parent-child read for children fifth grade and up.

Practical Application: an excellent article on 100 ways to conserve water from Water- Use it Wisely. 

Read about other organizations that establish clean water globally.


Involving Kids: Tree of Life

ThinkQuest: A four square mile patch of rainforest contains 150 species of butterflies.

World Resources of Institute: There are approximately 100,000 known species of trees on earth.

No two clouds or snowflakes are exactly alike.

A person could travel the world their entire lifetime and not witness everything.

Millions of people have studied the wonders of creation throughout time and still, there are new discoveries daily.



Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth

By: Rochelle Strauss        Illustrated by: Margot Thompson

This book is from the CitizenKid collection of stories. They seek to inform kids about the World around them and inspire better global citizenship. You can read about the CitizenKid book If the World were a Village here:  http://aboutproximity.com/2012/05/09/if-the-world-were-a-village/

As an introduction to biodiversity, this story with beautiful illustrations stands as a great family read.

This summer spend a little time marveling at the creation around you. Go on lots of nature adventures.

Pointing out all the amazing facets of our shared environment creates a spirit of respect and care in our kids.