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New Picture Book Teaches Kids about Air Quality

2011 March 25

By Melissa Payne

We’re big readers in our house. With two small children always looking for something to do, reading is easy, fun, and lets Mommy (and Daddy) sit down for a minute. Recently, we’ve started getting into books that correspond to the seasons- books about falling leaves in autumn, snow and holidays in the wintertime, and planting seeds in the spring. We can now add another season to our repertoire- ozone season- which lasts from May until October.

“Why is Coco Orange?” is a new book about a chameleon with asthma who can’t change colors. He and his friends at Lizard Lick Elementary solve this mystery as they learn about air quality and how to stay healthy and active when the air quality is a concern. This picture book explains the concept of ozone to young children in a way that they can understand. My kids keep coming back to this book, and find something new to learn every time.

Parents, teachers and other caretakers will learn along with the children as they read this story together. Schools, libraries, doctors’ offices, and families can take advantage of the book–it’s free to order your copy. With Earth Day (Friday, April 22) and Air Quality Awareness Week (May 2-6) coming up, now is the time to place your order. Celebrate the return of warmer weather with Coco and his healthy tips. Happy reading!

For more information on air quality, please visit airnow.gov

About the author: Melissa Payne has worked at EPA Headquarters since 1997, and currently works on air quality rule implementation.

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. Ken permalink
    March 26, 2011

    Melissa, I attempted to use the “to order” link in your blog. It took me to “National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)” home page, not to the publication, Do you know book pub # ?
    I’ll attempt to locate it after I write this note. Is it downloadable? Is it child interactive “coloring book style”?

    Thank You,
    Ken

  2. aladiw permalink
    March 27, 2011

    it’s funny..

  3. Melissa permalink
    March 28, 2011

    Hi, Ken- thanks for the comment. To order a hard copy, the item number is EPA-456/K-10-001.

    In terms of being interactive, we do have a quiz in the back of the book so that children can demonstrate what they’ve learned.

    You can also view or download a copy of the book at http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=picture_book.index

    Thanks again!
    Melissa

  4. Melissa permalink
    March 28, 2011

    Ken, thanks for pointing that out. The book item number is EPA-456/K-10-001, or you can type in the title.

    You can also view or download the book at http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=picture_book.index.

    Although not a coloring book, we do have an interactive quiz in the back, so that kids can demonstrate how much they’ve learned.

    Thanks again!
    Melissa

  5. Angie permalink
    March 28, 2011

    Ken,
    Was looking for myself and found the site I think you are wanting

    http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=picture_book.index

    has the pdf, printable, and order information

    Hope this helps

    Angie

  6. Chris permalink
    March 30, 2011

    Love the branding on this good work

    greetings from the uk

  7. Mary W Mulligan permalink
    October 1, 2011

    Thks Melissa for the book. Will check them out for my kids…

  8. free coloring pages permalink
    November 23, 2011

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  9. July 31, 2012

    Great idea. My 4 old loves books full of colorful pictures. Recently he fall in love with bearded dragons after see books with pictures of different kinds of lizards.

  10. baby bearded dragons permalink
    December 22, 2013

    Awesome, thanks i actually already printed it out. Its a great educational tool

  11. Dave permalink
    December 22, 2013

    Awesome, thanks i actually already printed it out. Its a great educational tool, I like the bearded dragons

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