Dawn Publications
How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate
How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate
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Author: Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch

Retail Price: Hardback • $18.95
Web Special: Hardback • $11.95

When the weather changes daily, how do we really know that Earth’s climate is changing? Here is the science behind the headlines – evidence from flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs, trees, glaciers and much more, gathered by scientists from all over the world, sometimes with assistance from young “citizen-scientists.” And here is what young people, and their families and teachers, can do to learn about climate change and take action. Climate change is a critical and timely topic of deep concern, here told in an age-appropriate manner, with clarity and hope. Kids can make a difference!

This book combines the talents of two uniquely qualified authors: Lynne Cherry, the leading children’s environmental writer/illustrator and author of The Great Kapok Tree, and Gary Braasch, award-winning photojournalist and author of Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World.

The authors know how important it is to share environmental issues with children with care. Read Climate Change Made Age-Appropriate.

A highly recommended Teacher’s Guide is available as a companion to How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate. Written by master teacher Carol Malnor, this 56-page guide is designed to help teachers and students explore the science behind global warming through engaging lessons, classroom activities, and citizen science projects.

Educators: download free activities based on this book on our activities page.

Download 15 free sample pages from the book!

Find Climate Change educational resources and videos on our Climate Change Resources page.

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Book Details

  • AAA/Subaru/SB&F Excellence in Science Books
  • Benjamin Franklin Award (Gold)
  • John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers
  • American Meteorological Assn. Louise J. Batton Authors Award
  • Green Earth Book Award (Honors)
  • Izaak Walton League Book of the year
  • 2009 Nautilus Award (Silver)
  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year (Gold)
  • Greenbook Festival, 2009 (Honorable Mention)
  • Mom’s Choice Award (Gold)
  • National Best Books 2008 Awards (Winner: YA Educational)
  • National Parenting Publications Award
  • New York Book Festival, 2009 (Honorable Mention)
  • 2011 Purple Dragonfly Book Award – 2nd Place (Green Books/Environmental)
  • Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • Nashville Book Festival, 2009
  • Reviews
    “. . . The topically organized text is informative and accessible, explicit in its message, positive in tone and particularly useful in its broad array of examples and suggestions for student involvement in both inquiry and solutions. . . . A must for school libraries, and science teachers may want copies of their own.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (March 2008)

    Veteran science writer Cherry and award-winning photographer Braasch team up to make climate change less frightening by showing children how to empower themselves as “citizen scientists.” Cherry begins with a no-nonsense chapter about hypotheses and theories, facts versus belief. She goes on to explain how observation can help bring about climate-change strategies; the information about children involved with Project Budburst is particulary interesting. Along the way, there are examples of how nature is changing-from migrations to melting icecaps to rising coastlines-and how these changes have been observed. The second section, “Fitting the Clues Together,” considers what scientists do with their information and notes successes that have been achieved (for example, species saved and reduction of carbon footprints) and ways kids can help reduce energy. The can-do emphasis helps to make the topic less depressing, and the intriguing color photographs are thoughtful and upbeat. Many scientists were called upon during the writing of this book, and it shows.

    — ALA Booklist (February 15, 2008)

    Cherry and Braasch introduce readers to scientists around the world whose research contributes to an understanding of the causes and consequences of global warming. They also describe the work of citizen scientists, including children, whose observations contribute to knowledge about important changes that are occurring. . . . The book’s wide-ranging exploration of scientific studies and the encouragement to people of every age to become citizen scientists and active participants for change make this a valuable purchase.

    — School Library Journal (June 2008) – Starred Review

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