Climate in Chaos: informative, straightforward and fun!
“Our world is warming up, and it’s a big problem. Award-winning author-illustrator Neal Layton is here to explain what climate change is, what’s causing it and why it’s dangerous for animals and humans alike. But he’s also FULL of ideas for how you can help! From eating lots more veggies to walking and cycling and thinking carefully about what we need to buy, A Climate in Chaos will get young readers excited about how they can make a difference to keep Planet Earth happy.”
I’m a big fan of teaching children about climate change and the impact it is having on our world, but sometimes books about climate change are well above the reading level of primary school kids. I’ve gotta say, this book is accessible, readable and beautifully done!
This book is a gorgeous take on educating children about climate change. I would say that you could use it easily in Year 2+. It’s a well thought-out out structure which leads kids through some of the trickier issues without overwhelming them with information.
The way it is laid out makes me very happy. It is full of life, colour and things to look at. It’s not just piece of text upon piece of text: there’s illustrations, thought bubbles, speech bubbles. There’s pages laid out in interesting ways and there’s always something to be looking at.
I sometimes find non-fiction a bit overwhelming as an adult as messages are not presented in a way which is appealing and helpful, but books like this (and Neal’s other book about plastic pollution) give me great joy to have in the classroom.
Another thing that I think is important to get right with children’s non-fiction about subjects which are often misunderstood is that they can sometimes over-complicate the science of the topic. This book opens up the floor to conversations, question asking and understanding of the science because it’s written in a straightforward manner.
You can’t go wrong with a book that incorporates what you need to know about a subject and what you can do to help. This book offers both and I am here for it!
A massive thank you to the publishers for inviting me on the blog tour. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive! This will be one which I share with the children at school and one which I am sure will be well loved by my Science coordinator!
Why don’t you check out the rest of the blog tour while you are here? There’s some brilliant posts to read!