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Alfred Music Publishing, in collaboration with Guitars in the Classroom (GITC), proudly presents The Green Songbook uniting environmental education or "eco-sustainability" with K-12 education across the curriculum. The book is authored by Jessica Baron, creator of the popular SmartStart Guitar series, author of Your Musical Child: Inspiring Kids to Play and Sing for Keeps. Jessica is also the founder and executive director of the nationally operating non-profit Guitars in the Classroom.

This is her seventh publication.

The Green Songbook presents popular and fun, inspirational songs about the environment that promote healthy lifestyles and eco-aware choices. Participating songwriters and artists include Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, the Banana Slug String Band, Tom Chapin, and many others. To view the table of contents and find songs you'll want to play, please click the "Contents" link above!

Each chapter in The Green Songbook focuses on an important aspect of greening our planet and our lives- supporting us in our efforts to learn about and bring about real eco-sustainability. The language is child friendly without being simplistic, as these writers have great regard for young people and recognize that the future rests in their hands as well as our own.

These chapter introductions have been written for you by eco-experts and advocates. Starting in Chapter 2, they give you links and recommendations for their hands-down favorite resources and environmental organizations! Just click on each chapter above to see the links and get a feeling for what that chapter has to offer. You'll see a photo of the author and an excerpt from their writings plus a link to following their work and writing, where possible. Andrew Revkin writes for the New York Times online at http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/ so he is easy to follow but Caprice Potter lives in a school life-lab garden 10 months of the year so you'll have to visit her in Santa Cruz, California at Gateway School to see what she's up to. She'll be glad to meet you!

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has provided support through his foundation for teacher training with The Green Songbook. His nonprofit organization, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, established and supported through the profits of his touring act, funds projects in education, music and arts, and eco-sustainability. Jack's partner in love and life is Kim Johnson, and the two of them really are the First Couple of Caring for Mother Earth. Kim as an eco-advocate and parent takes sustainability to heart. She and the staff of the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation sent us additional resources after the book had gone to print. You'll find their helpful additions in the Additional Links section of select chapters.

Every copy of The Green Songbook is printed on 100% recycled paper, continuing Alfred


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