With Earth Day just around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favorite picture books with you! Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Polar Express, does it again with his incredible detail and captivating illustrations. Just a Dream is a wonderful tale of a boy, Walter, who is irresponsible with his carbon footprint. He litters, fails to separate recycling, and chuckles at the girl next door for planting a tree on her birthday. One night, Walter’s bed takes off into the future, and to his surprise, there are no robots or planes to be seen. Instead, he is surrounded my mounds of trash, smog, pollution and a hazy view of the Grand Canyon. As the title suggests, this is just a dream that concludes with Walter gaining awareness and responsibility for the planet we all call home. Whether your children are small or tall, this picture book is a wonderful wake up call for children, and adults, of all ages!
Here is a small list of activities that could be completed after reading the book:
- Take a trip to the nursery and pick out a plant to pot
- Pick up trash at a nearby park
- Write a thank you note to your local sanitation worker
- Arrange a trip to the recycling plant
- Make a craft out of toilet paper or paper towel rolls
- Free printables on Teachers Pay Teachers for older children
- Houghton Mifflin Teacher’s Guide
Earth Day is on Friday, April 22nd, so be sure to pickup your copy of Just a Dream before it is too late. Or, if you are like me, Amazon Prime it to your house in two short days!