How to Teach Grown-Ups About Climate Change by Patricia Daniels

How to Teach Grown-Ups About Climate Change – at a glance

The School Reading Lists’ five word review: Educational, inspirational child friendly fun!
Children’s book title: How to Teach Grown-Ups About Climate Change.
Children’s author: Patricia Daniels.
Children’s illustrator: Aaron Blecha.
Forward by: Dr Michael Mann.
Genre: Children’s non fiction, climate change.
Published by: What on Earth Books.
ISBN: 9781804660300.
Recommended for children aged: 8-12 year-olds.
First published: Hardback March 2024.
This children’s book is ideal for: KS2 children (and adults) who are interested in the concept of climate change and its effect on our planet.

How to Teach Grown-Ups About Climate Change by Patricia Daniels

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Our review:

How to Teach Grown-ups About Climate Change is exactly as the title describes – a fun-filled book that children can use to further educate their parents and other grown-ups in their lives about the serious matter that is climate change. Filled with factual evidence, common misconceptions and engaging illustrations, this book is perfect for any child interested in climate change who wants to teach their parents a thing or two.

The book begins with an ‘Are your grown-ups clueless?’ questionnaire highlighting the common misconceptions of climate change that have plagued our world. With quotes such as “We can’t do anything about it now. It’s too late to stop it”, the intention of the book is clearly demonstrated: to educate all its readers and beyond.

Although not a narrative, this book depicts the story of climate change with its history, its development over time, scientific research, trends and finally what we can do about it now. This is all written in an engaging, funny and child-friendly manner making the content easy to understand and engaging.

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The ‘World Climate Change’ double-page spread is thought-provoking and very curriculum-relevant given the current concepts expected to be taught within KS2. It clearly demonstrates the effect of climate change across our whole world and so broadens understanding. This is not simply about the ‘ice caps melting’ but something far bigger and more sinister than that.

Dotted with captivating illustrations, did you know fact bubbles and quizzes throughout- this is far more than a non-fiction book. It is clearly designed to engage the reader and lead to action in the fight against climate change- with the message of the book being clear: “It’s not too late”.

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Our verdict:

How to teach grown-ups about climate change is a great book for children within the KS2 age bracket. Designed to be read alone or with the grown-up, it is an excellent introduction to the concept of climate change to captivate the thoughts of both children and adults alike. A copy of this in every school library would also be beneficial, who knows, it could inspire the next Greta Thunberg?

Many thanks to What on Earth Books for the review copy.

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About Amber Shanahan

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I have been a primary school teacher for 9 years now and I am currently English subject lead within my school. I am interested in expanding children's range of books and improving this within my current school setting. | Reviews by Amber Shanahan