|Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on April 3, 2012 at 5:25 PM|
Welcome to Kathy Stemke’s Virtual Book Tour
TROUBLE ON EARTH DAY
With Earth Day approaching on April 22, I like to celebrate the earth by welcoming award winning author, Kathy Stemke, to my blog today. Her children’s picture book/resource book, Trouble on Earth Day recently won the Children’s Literary Classic Seal of Approval. In the book a conservation savvy squirrel befriends a homeless bluebird. Will the new friends solve the bird’s trouble? Will there be singing in the forest again?
We share the Earth with over 10,000 species of birds. Birds help our environment in many ways so we should help them survive. They’re beautiful and add their gift of song to our forests. They also help the Earth in the following ways:
They boost tree growth by up to 30% by removing parasites and other damaging insects that stall growth.They're natural gardeners, by transporting seeds gathered in their feet.They also help with pollination, by visiting plants and dispersing the pollen.They eat bugs. Without their voracious appetites our world would be overrun with all manner of creepy, crawling creatures devouring everything living and green.Birds provide us with food.We make pillows, jackets and quilts with bird feathers.Humans are destroying their natural habitat by filling the planet with unsustainable structures that are hostile to our friendly feathered friends.
You can help by giving them a home. Build a tree house. Make one out of milk cartons. Enjoy this activity with family and friends.
An ideal property for bird watching includes a large area with both open space and mixed woodland, islands of natural vegetation, a pond, stream or marsh, old dead trees, berry bushes, cone and nut producing trees, wildflowers, a bird feeding station and a lake or ocean nearby. Most properties don’t provide all this, but anyone with a yard can make changes to attract more birds.
How can Homeowners Provide a Safe Wildlife Habitat?
Grow vegetation that provides food and shelter for a variety of species. Look for plants that provide both food and shelter. This includes fruit and seed-bearing trees and shrubs, native grasses and wildflowers in thick stands. Research what the desirable species eat in the natural environment.Provide structures such as bird houses, nesting platforms.Understand the shelter needs of the species attracting. Plant trees and shrubs of various sizes and species, especially those bearing fruits.Snags are dead trees or branches. Don’t clean everything up in the yard – leave some. Hummingbirds often rest on dead branches, and can easily be viewed. Snags also provide insect hunting places for woodpeckers.Use decals on windows to prevent birds from crashing.Provide water in birdbaths. Kathy’s book has 23 pages of information, comprehension questions, recycling crafts, songs, games, worksheets and activities in the resource part of the book.
Free Earth Day Card for kids:
Free Earth Day Card for adults:
Trouble on Earth Day is available at a discounted price on Kathy's blog: http://educationtipster.blogspot.com and through Amazon, B & N, and other online stores.
Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep is available through the publisher, http://guardianangelpublishing.com/shshsh.htm and through Amazon, B & N, and other online stores.
Award winning author, Kathy Stemke’s first children’s picture book, Moving Through All Seven Days, was published on Lulu. Her next two picture books, Sh, Sh, Sh Let the Baby Sleep, and Trouble on Earth Day were released in 2011. Both of these books have been awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Being a teacher for 37 years, Kathy understands and loves children. It’s her desire to give parents and teachers exciting books and resources to help them teach their children all the things they need to have a successful life.
Mrs.Stemke offers great teaching tips and children’s book reviews as well as a monthly newsletter titled, MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM, on her blog. http://educationtipster.blogspot.com
Throughout the book tour visitors will be asked to send their best EARTH photo to [email protected] to be displayed on the last day of the tour. A winner will be selected and awarded a $10 gift card.
Kathy StemkeAward Winning Author/Educator/Freelance Writer
Trouble on Earth Day earned the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval
Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep won the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval
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