It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change

I read this last fall when I was deep into Cybils nominees and didn’t review it at the time just because of time restraints. This reads a little like a textbook (especially at the beginning) and therefore was just what I was looking for to add to our science study. The author does an excellent job of highlighting the small changes everyone can do to help with their own global footprint. We are reading a section a day and then researching any topics of interest on the internet. I love the full-color printing, charts, and graphs that are interspersed with gorgeous color photos. It’s a perfect go along with the fictional Beast of Cetacea which we read first but would be great afterward as well.

This book is an overview of the current state of climate change, with a very brief introduction of how we got to our current “crisis.” It is just an introduction to the subject and I think it is aimed at and would work best with middle-grade students. My only criticism is that some sections are longer than they need to be. I read it out loud and edited on the fly when I felt that we had gotten the point.

It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change by Bridget Heos