It’s Earth Day Every Day at Another Turn Used Books

Reduce-Reuse-RecycleThe theme for 2012’s celebration of International Earth Day (held every year on April 22 and managed by the Earth Day Network) is “Mobilize the Earth.” It’s goal is to get people from all over the globe to actively participate in making the planet a “greener” one: one with conservation and preservation of Earth’s natural resources at its heart. Additional “Acts of Green” can include anything from taking advantage of today’s more efficient technologies to becoming a vegetarian!

Here at Another Turn Used Books, we know that we’re dealing with a small subset of the world’s used books, textbooks, and educational toys and aids, but we’re hoping that you’ll recognize that our “act of green” is the management of the reuse of valuable educational materials. Although electronic publications have become more popular in homes and schools, there are still those of us who appreciate a tactile approach to reading, playing, and learning.

The triangular symbol that represents Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle can also be used to illustrate what we do here: The Consignor has a book that they place into our Care. We let others know about this item and ship it to its new home when the Customer purchases it. The Customer enjoys the item and takes care of it, and once done with it, decides to return it to us to resell, becoming a Consignor themselves. And so it continues.

In addition to managing the reuse of these items, we use and reuse as many recycled and environmentally-safe packaging materials as we can. The boxes we use are made partially from recycled materials and the green packing peanuts are biodegradable. The bubble wrap is acid-free, made partially of recycled materials, and is reusable. Even the USPS carrier we utilize has their own green initiatives.

And when it’s time for a book’s reuse cycle to come to an end and if the Consignor so chooses, we’ll send it on its way with great appreciation by donating it to a local non-profit organization’s ongoing fundraiser program that recycles paper.

Titles We Have in Our Catalog that You Could Use for Earth Day Studies

Here are the titles we currently have in our catalog that would go well in your Earth Day studies. If you’re interested in starting your own green initiative, consider becoming one of our consignors.

Mini-Catalog for Earth Day



  • An Usborne Guide: The Young Naturalist (Paperback)

    An Usborne Guide: The Young Naturalist (Paperback)

    $2.25

    "This book will show you how to set about detecting, observing and experimenting in the natural world around you. Each page is packed full of activities and projects you can do yourself, or with friends, and by doing them you will make many discoveries of your own. You will be able to help conservation at the same time." — From "So you want to be a naturalist?" (page 2)

  • Ranger Rick: April 2011 - Frogs (Paperback) [Ex-Library]

    Ranger Rick: April 2011 - Frogs (Paperback) [Ex-Library]

    $0.99

    Frogs, Opossums, and Earth Day are featured in this informative nature magazine published by the non-profit organization National Wildlife Federation.

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    Kids Discover Magazine: Earth (Paperback)

    $0.99

    Fundraiser Item

    "Spread out a map of the world. What you see on it depends on the kind of map you have...The variety of features is so great that one map just can't handle them all."—from Our Planet (page 2) The section also asks the question "Is Earth perfectly round?" The answer is on the back cover.

  • Kids Discover Magazine: Oceans 2 (Paperback)

    Kids Discover Magazine: Oceans 2 (Paperback)

    $2.25

    This issue is a follow-up to the Oceans issue that was published earlier. They make a great pair of resources for a unit study centered around our world's oceans.

  • Kids Discover Magazine: Antarctica (Paperback)

    Kids Discover Magazine: Antarctica (Paperback)

    $2.25

    Do you like subzero weather? How about six months of darkness each year? Do howling blizzards make your day? Does a long walk in hurricane-force winds sound like fun? If so, then Antarctica is the place for you.—from "Icy Land of Extremes" (page 2)

  • Kids Discover Magazine: Wetlands (Paperback)

    Kids Discover Magazine: Wetlands (Paperback)

    $2.25

    "Because they occur at the intersection of two different worlds—wet and dry—wetlands are rich in plant and animal life. For the same reason, they also harbor some deep human mysteries." — from "Wild and Wondrous Wetlands" (page 3)

  • Eyewitness Books: Tree (Hardback)

    Eyewitness Books: Tree (Hardback)

    $3.49

    "Discover the life of a tree in close-up—from tiny seed to forest giant to woody skeleton." — Front Cover

  • Eyewitness Books: Shell (Hardback)

    Eyewitness Books: Shell (Hardback)

    $3.49

    "Discover the world of shells and shelled animals in close-up—their habitats, behavior, and natural history." — Front Cover

  • Eyewitness Books: Pond & River (Hardback)

    Eyewitness Books: Pond & River (Hardback)

    $3.49

    "Discover in close-up the ecology of the plants and animals that make freshwater habitats their home." — Front Cover

  • The Handy Science Answer Book, Revised and Expanded Second Edition(Paperback)

    The Handy Science Answer Book, Revised and Expanded Second Edition (Paperback)

    $5.99

    "You had more questions, and we've got more answers!" — Back Cover

  • Look Closer: Tree Life (Hardback)

    Look Closer: Tree Life (Hardback)

    $2.99

    Another beautifully illustrated, well written book from the folks at Dorling Kindersley. If you thought trees were just big things that provide shade, you will learn that trees are home to some fascinating creatures.

  • Look Closer: Swamp Life (Hardback)

    Look Closer: Swamp Life (Hardback)

    $2.99

    Another beautifully illustrated, well written book from the folks at Dorling Kindersley. If you thought swamps were just water, mud and grassy reeds you will learn that swamps are home to some fascinating creatures.

  • Look Closer: Meadow (Hardback)

    Look Closer: Meadow (Hardback)

    $2.99

    Another beautifully illustrated, well written book from the folks at Dorling Kindersley. If you thought meadows were just grassy places to run around on a nice day, you will learn that meadows are home to some fascinating creatures.

  • Look Closer: Cave Life (Hardback)

    Look Closer: Cave Life (Hardback)

    $2.99

    Another beautifully illustrated, well written book from the folks at Dorling Kindersley. If you thought caves were just dark holes in the ground you will learn that caves are home to some fascinating creatures.

  • The American Wilderness: The Ancient Adirondacks (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: The Ancient Adirondacks (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "Dominating the northeast sector of New York state, the Adirondack wilderness contains the largest park in the United States." — from "The Biggest Wild Park in the States" (page 18)

  • The American Wilderness: Atlantic Beaches (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: Atlantic Beaches (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "This seaside wilderness, which ranges between Cape Lookout in North Carolina and the coast north to Cape Cod in Massachusetts, is made up of approximately 50 federally protected tracts of land with a total area of about 350,000 acres." — from "A Wilderness Shared by Land and Sea" (page 15)

  • The American Wilderness: Baja California (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: Baja California (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "Baja California is a geographic anomaly in almost every way. Its 55,000 square miles are only about one third of the total area of American California, but the peninsula is 800 miles long." — from "High and Dry, Long and Rocky" (page 19)

  • The American Wilderness: Canyons and Mesas (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: Canyons and Mesas (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "Seamed by arroyos and canyons, studded with the huge forms of mesas, buttes and towering pinnacles, the desolate but magnificant region described in this volume occupies approxminately 32,000 square miles at the center of the Colorado Plateau." — from "A Stony, Arid Land of Splendors" (page 19)

  • The American Wilderness: Caribbean Isles (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: Caribbean Isles (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "Embracing a warm and fecund sea, the islands of the Caribbean comprise two major groups, the Greater and Lesser Antilles. To the west lie Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Curving like a shepherd's crook to the east are the smaller islands—some of them, such as Aves off Dominica, mere pinpoints in the sea." — from "A Green-clad Island Arc" (page 19)

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    The American Wilderness: The Cascades (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "The Cascade Range forms a mountain wall stretching more than 600 miles from Canada into Northern California." — from "A Forested Wall of Mountains" (page 18)

  • The American Wilderness: The Great Divide (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: The Great Divide (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "The Great Divide country explored in this book touches five states as it follows the continental watershed in its 1,700-mile course through the United States Rockies from northern New Mexico to the Canadian border." — from "Where a Continent's Waters Divide" (page 19)

  • The American Wilderness: Hawaii (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: Hawaii (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "Midway across the North Pacific, space, time, and life uniquely interlace a chain of islands named 'Hawaiian'....These small fragments of land appear offered to sky by water and pressed to earth by stars." ‐ Charles A. Lindbergh (page 20)

  • The American Wilderness: The North Woods (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: The North Woods (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "Lying about midway in the great coniferous forest belt that spans the North American continent from Labrador to Alaska, the north woods described in this book extend from northern Minnesota to embrace parts of four Canadian provinces as well as the Northwest Territories." — from "A Land of Woods and Water" (page 19)

  • The American Wilderness: The Okefenokee Swamp (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: The Okefenokee Swamp (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "Compared to other United States wildernesses, the Okefenokee Swamp is a small place, covering 631 square miles mainly in southeastern Georgia, with a slight overlap into Florida. It is a fascinating realm that both confirms and contradicts popular notions of a swamp." — from "A Small, Enchanted Corner of the Old South" (page 19)


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