My 8-year-old really likes “Human Footprint” by Ellen Kirk ($6.95), a short book that told him “everything you will eat, use, wear, buy, and throw out in your lifetime.”
The book starts off like this:
Your human footprint is the earth mark you make on the Earth.
You’re only one person in a country (the United States) that has 308,000,000 (that’s 308 million) people on a planet (Earth) that has 6,800,000,000 (that’s 6 billion, 8 hundred million) people.
So, with all those people, could your small human footprint really make a difference? Yes. You matter. What you do adds up.
- 3,796 diapers
- 13,056 pints of milk
- 28,433 showers
- 14,518 candy bars
- $52,972 on clothing
“Human Footprint” appeals to kids like the “National Geographic Kids Almanac” does or “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” and “Guinness Book of World Records” books do. It has bold photos, very large and colorful print, and information that is shocking, cool, and at times unbelievable.
I’ve bought several kids books on “being green” and been sent others to review, and they have been met with varying degrees of interest by my boys. This particular book was definitely one of the better-received ones.
Amazon has “Human Footprint” available for pre-order. It publishes on March 8, 2011. I think I’ll be taking this book in to my son’s third-grade class to read at their Earth Day celebration.