Another one I read is called One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul. It tells the story of a girl living in Gambia that suddenly notices how many plastic bags there are blowing around her village. At first the bags seem helpful but they don't break down in the soil the way the traditionally made baskets do. They look ugly laying around. They blow into the gardens and damage the plants. The goats eat them and sometimes get sick or die. The girls of the village come up with an ingenious idea for recycling the bags. At first the people ridicule them for picking things out of the trash, but when they start making money, people change their minds. In the author's notes, it appears that recycling effort is working. I think my students will love thinking about ways they could recycle the bags that we have floating around our community too.
And here's a video about how to do the recycling from the author.
The last one I read was called School Days around the world by Margriet Ruurs. It shows lots of different schools around the world. I liked it because it showed a variety of different kinds of schools-public schools, private schools, boarding schools. It had a good range of school but it also raised a lot of questions for me and I guess that's what would make it good starting point for research about different kinds of schools around the world. It has nice engaging pictures that are cartoonish but show how the schools are the same and different without actually having to show real kids or real schools. I didn't find this one as engaging as the other two, but it was ok.