Sunday, March 25, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day With Pictures

Welcome to the first day of award winning author Kathy Stemke’s book tour for TROUBLE ON EARTH DAY! Her charming picture book, which doubles as an activity book, teaches kids how to rethink, reuse and recycle our Earth’s precious resources. 

Here’s an excerpt of a review written by Karen Cioffi:

Adding to the invitingness of this delightful story are amazing full page illustrations by Kurt Wilchen. Each page has vivid and bold illustrations that will surely grab and hold a young reader’s attention. Along with all this, Stemke includes pages and pages of activities, and additional information about conservation and the environment, all to help children better understand the story’s theme. It even includes a song titled “The Fuzzy Squirrel” that children can sing to with the music from “I’m a Little Teapot.”

Some of the activities and information include in Educator’s Edition of TROUBLE ON EARTH DAY:

·     Reading comprehension activities

·    Original topic related lyrics that children can sing to the melody of classic favorites

·  Discussion topics, such as Why Trees are Important and What Things Can be Reused

·     Games, including the Going Green Game

·    Recycling activities, such as making napkin rings using recycled toilet paper rolls, recycling old CDs to make ornaments, and how to recycle old crayons

·     Dolch Sight Word activity page

My favorite information page in Trouble on Earth Day briefly explains what went on before the first Earth Day in April 1970, what the focus of Earth day is, and why it’s so important.

Learning how each of us can take steps to protect our environment is important for children and adults alike. It will take all our efforts to help improve the environment for a healthier tomorrow. Trouble on Earth Day is a great start for children.

Kathy’s book is available at a discounted price on her blog educationtipster: or on Amazon, B & N, and many other online book sites.

With Earth Day approaching on April 22nd let’s celebrate our beautiful Earth by meditating on its majestic splendor.  Take a look at the following five photos and let us know your favorite by commenting below.  (I'm sorry, but the pictures mentioned in this paragraph are no longer available.)

As a freelance writer and ghostwriter, Kathy Stemke has published over one hundred of articles in directories, magazines and on websites. She is a reviewer for Sylvan Dell Publishing and a former editor for The National Writing for Children Center. As a retired teacher, Kathy has several activities published with Gryphon House Publishing. Stemke is also part of the team at DKV Writing 4 U, a writing services company that includes ghostwriting, copywriting, editing, proofreading, critiquing, and resumes.

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 Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  Visit her book blog at Kathy has several WIP: two picture books and a Young Adult Historical Novel. 
Mrs.Stemke offers great teaching tips and children’s book reviews as well as a monthly newsletter titled, MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM, on her blog.


  1. Kathy, Trouble On Earth Day sounds delightful. There seems to be so much a child can take from it. The illustration on the front cover, by Kurt Wilchen, will certainly attract a child's attention. I wish you the best of luck with your new book. Thanks Susanne. You always have a wonderful post on your blog.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful book. Congratulations, Kathy.

    All of the pictures are super, but number four is awesome. I love trees, and this one sure makes you take a second look.

  3. Thanks for stopping by susan and Beverly. I think I like the tree best myself.

  4. It's good to celebrate the Earth and be concious of taking care of the planet. I was in school before 1970, but I can recall teachers talking about the topics and I had an awareness of conservation and recycling. My favorite picture is the first because I like scenes like that, although the tree does look amazingly like a dancer.

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  5. Best wishes to Kathy and Trouble on Earth Day! Kathy's an amazing person and writer and best wishes to her!

  6. I'm always interested in books about the environment. Thanks for sharing Kathy's book. The Going Green Game sounds like a fun one.

  7. Several cities around here are holding Earth Day festivals.

    I like the first one. After living in Albuquerque, I have a thing for mountains.

  8. Sounds like a GREAT book. Although I'm not sure of the targeted age, I can see where my grandsons would enjoy something like this in a couple years. Congratulations!

  9. Susanne, what a thoroughly fascinating post this was. Such a fabulous book "Trouble on Earth Day" is, complete with a vividly rich story, songs, gamesbirds, forests, recycling, as well as helpful activities that reinforce our need to conserve and be aware of our environment.
    Thank You Susanne for hosting Kathy.

  10. Arlee:Thanks for stopping by. I love the mountain shot too.

    Stephen: thanks for your well wishes. Your the best!

    Stacey; Thanks for your comment. The Going Green Game is quite a hit with kids.

    Dianne: I love the coloring of the mountain shot.

    Anthony: Thanks dear husband for your enthusiastic comments. You're my best fan.

    Susanne: Thanks for hosting the first day of my book tour. Great job!

  11. It's a good book that will make a positive difference in the world through kids who read it or hear it read.

  12. Sounds awesome not to mention a good way to promote environmental awareness.

  13. Trouble on Earth Day is a great book, and I love the way it draws children in without being didactic - just fun. The pictures are all good, but I especially love the first one with its evocative path and sienna coloring.

  14. What a great addition to a classroom or library to encourage children to think green. Congratulations.

    Terri Forehand
    author of The Cancer Prayer Book

  15. This sounds like a great learning tool. I don't know much about the first earth day, so I'm sure I would learn a lot! Thanks for sharing. :)

    And congrats Kathy on all your success!

  16. Sounds like a wonderful book, and perfect for the upcoming Earth Day. I like your picture number 4. What an amazing little tree!

  17. Kathy, I was happy to host you on my blog. Any time!

    Hello to everyone who has stopped by. Have a great week!


  18. Thank you for sharing about Kathy and her books, Susanne, and the great review of Trouble on Earth Day. Kathy, hope your book tour goes well, and I look forward to hosting you next month.

    I love all the photos, but have to go with number two for the extreme cuteness!

  19. oh, this is wonderful! Thanks for giving us the heads up on Kathy. We love Earth Day. For the last three years, we've been going to see the Disney Earth movies on opening day. Can't wait for this year! :o) <3

  20. This book sounds perfect for one of the teachers in the elementary school. She does a lot involving earth day. Will tell her about it.

  21. Janet: Thanks for your kind words.

    Beth: I agree, Trouble on Earth Day book will increase awareness and encourage conservation.

    Magdalena;Thanks for your continued support.

    Janet; Thanks for your comment. Earth Day sure has grown since the first one in 1970.

    Sherry: Thanks for stopping by. Picture four is my favorite too.

    Connie: Thanks for your kind words and support. Number two is definitely the cutest shot!

    Susanne: You're a giving person and a wonderful friend. Thanks again for your help.

  22. Way to go, Kath! Kudos and TONS of sales!

  23. Way to go, Kath! Wishing you kudos and TONS of sales!

  24. Kathy, your book will be a great addition to any home with kids and the classroom.

    It has an important message that children should be enlightened to.

    Best wishes for a successful tour.

  25. Hi, Susanne. Thanks for hosting Kathy's book on your blog---a very thorough presentation on a terrific topic. In Scouting we teach Leave No Trace as our guiding philosophy to reduce the impact on nature when we take our Scouts camping and backpacking. The more we can share about Earth Day and environmental stewardship, the better. Oh, and I'll with pic#5---my wife and I will be leaving for the Florida panhandle insix days.

  26. Susan (and Kathy, of course!) thank you for bringing us such an important book. For the good of our kidlets, for the good of our planet!


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  27. What a wonderful way to promote green living. Congratulations!

  28. there needs to be more books like this.

    Gorgeous photos. #2 is fantastic.

  29. I'm thrilled to pin this book to my pinterest on books for my grandchildren. Thanks, Susanne, for introducing another wonderful writer. and the photos are stunning. Happy Earth Day every day.

  30. Looks like a wonderfully educational picture book for children. Thanks for sharing the review and photos.

    Best of luck with your tour, Kathy!

  31. Jennifer: thanks for spreading the word about "Trouble on Earth Day."

    Thanks Nancy!!

    Karen: Thanks for your friendship and support.

    Bill: I'm glad you can use some of this info in your scouts program. I took picture #5 in Hawaii.

    Carolyn: Thanks for stopping by.

    Nancy: We all can get involved in green activities.

    Lynda: thanks for the show of support for "Trouble on Earth Day."
    #2 photo IS ADORABLE!

    Joylene: Thanks for spreading the word in Pinterest! I appreciate you.

    Mayra: Thanks for stopping by and supporting my book.

  32. Kathy,

    I enjoyed learning more about your timely book. I hope it instills action in children around the globe!

    Best regards,
    Award-winning Children’s Author
    The Golden Pathway story book Blog
    Write What Inspires You Blog

  33. Trouble on Earth Day sounds like a really cute read - with a good message.

  34. Donna: Thanks for your continued support.

    Tali: Thanks for stopping by.

  35. Thanks so much for introducing us to Kathy. She appears to be someone I can learn from. I have several educational manuscripts that I have no idea how to market. I'm hoping over to her blog to meet her. Thanks, Susanne!

  36. Oops...I forgot...I love the sunset scene best. :)

  37. Your book sounds like a real winner to me. I love the picture of the tiny mouse with an inverted flower on its head!

  38. NOTE - I'm posting this for Barbara because she was having trouble getting it to post.

    I don't understand Google's new requirements.

    Here is the comment I was unable to post; I love the picture of the little mouse with the blossom hat. It seems to be calling for a story about a little mouse named Blossom. But the picture of the tree is sensual and intriguing. Also, I love the book.

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  39. Hi Susanne. I wanted to let you know I tagged you for the Lucky 7 Meme Award. I don't know if you've received this yet, but if you'd like to pick it up, the details are at my blog.

  40. Trouble on Earth Day sounds great! I met Kathy over at the childrens writer listserve. She's awesome!

    It has to be the sunset pic for me! :-) Earth day is something we all need to think about. Let us all celebrate by cleaning up! :-)

  41. Love the pictures and the book sound wonderful.

  42. Love the pictures and the book sound wonderful.


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