Thinking of going green - or have you been a practicing green parent for years? You're in good company in Corvallis and Benton County. A nationwide study on green places to live just rated Corvallis, Oregon the Best Green Place to live in America in the April green issue of Country Home which hits newstands tomorrow, March 18th.
Looking for fun ways to incorporate your green values into parenting? Try this new board book - Eco Babies Wear Green by Michelle Sinclair Colman. (You might be familiar with other titles in her board book series: Urban Babies Wear Black, Country Babies Wear Plaid, Beach Babies Wear Shades).
Other fun and informative green titles include:
Garden by Robert Maass (Henry Holt, 1998)
This is a great photographic journey for small children interested in gardens - their beauty, their function, and how to care for them. Pair this with The Kids Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences by Susan Milford. Get outside and explore the natural wonders of your town and county together!
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987)
Lois Ehlert is one of the best author/illustrators in the world of children's books. Her brightly colored collage art always makes a fantastic introduction to both story and non-fiction - providing children with ample inspiration to explore and experiment with the natural world around them. Share this book at the beginning of planting season and begin building anticipation for the summer harvest season!
Green Babies, Sage Moms: the ultimate guide to raising your organic baby by Lynda Fassa (New American Library, 2008)
Growing Up Green! Baby and Child Care by Deidre Imus (Simon & Schuster, 2008)
Green Parenting by Lynoa Cattanach in association with BabyGROE (McGraw-Hill, 2007)
Organic Baby: simple steps for healthy living by Kimberly Rider (Chronicle Books, 2007)
Organic Baby & Toddler Cookbook: easy recipes for natural food by Lizzie Vann (Dorling Kindersley Pub., 2000)
Raising Baby Green: the Earth-friendly guide to pregnancy, childbirth, and baby care by Alan Greene, M.D. (Jossey-Bass, 2007)