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MakeaSplashA Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands

by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., with Philippe Cousteau and EarthEcho International

“Creating an energizing, upbeat tone, the writers don’t plead for help; they ask, ‘“Which kind of action will you choose?’”— Booklist

Service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau give kids the knowledge, ideas, and inspiration to take action and care for the water planet. 

From service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau with EarthEcho International, comes an opportunity for kids to shape the future of the planet. In their new book, Make a Splash! A Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands (Free Spirit Publishing, $13.99), Kaye and Cousteau reveal facts about our waters, their inhabitants, and the threats they face, while presenting inspiring stories of kids in action around the globe and practical tips and ideas for making a difference.

“I believe that young people are the only ones who have the power to truly change the world,” says Cousteau. “And not just tomorrow – they have the power today to make a positive difference. Let’s prepare our youngest generation to get started right now on protecting our water planet and set them off on an exciting, lifelong adventure.”

Make a Splash! offers a global look at the issues our water planet is facing – trash, pollution, climate change, oil spills – as well as what kids can do, and are already doing, to help. “We see kids getting involved and taking action every day, all over the world,” says Kaye. “I’m amazed by what they’re doing – from helping preserve coral in the Florida Keys to learning about the importance of mangroves in our water systems in Singapore. Their stories give us all inspiration to take action for water and ideas for kids to make a splash of their own.”

In Make a Splash!, kids are introduced to the ideas behind service learning, a rapidly growing teaching strategy that combines academics with youth initiative to help their communities. . Service learning offers teachers and students opportunities to connect science, math, history, and literature to environmental issues in their school and community. The book’s chapters are divided into the five stages of service learning: Investigate, Prepare, Act, Reflect, and Demonstrate, using a motif of scuba gear throughout to represent each stage. The chapters of the book take kids on an exploration of our water planet – find out why water matters, dive in to discover the deeper story of water, get going and take action for water, think back and reflect on your actions, and show it and share your story with others.

Make a Splash! is the elementary-level counterpart to Kaye and Cousteau’s award-winning book Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands. The back matter in Make a Splash! includes a glossary and book and web resources. A free leader’s guide is available online at

Service Learning Ideas throughout the book!

EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster extraordinary leaders to take action to restore and protect our oceans. Led by Philippe Cousteau, EarthEcho’s programs are dedicated to the legacy of his father, Philippe Cousteau Sr., whose devotion to the conservation and restoration of the oceans is one that can be shared by all people.

“The first time a child sees an ocean or a great river, magic happens. Make A Splash! reaches for the hearts of all young people who love wild water, and who want to do something to keep it pure and everlasting.”
—Carl Hiaasen, author of Chomp

Make A Splash! clearly illustrates how various water issues affect people, animals, and the environment while providing young people practical ways to improve their local water sources. Full of great stories, facts, and tools, Make A Splash! is an excellent resource to help youth plan water-focused service learning adventures in their own backyards.”
—Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute

“A comprehensive, entertaining primer that focuses equally on water conservation and on how children learn and can act on their knowledge and interests. Former teacher Kaye provides a multitude of conservation approaches, including a series of ‘Kids in Action’ profiles that will encourage young readers to tackle and accomplish valuable community service projects.”
—ForeWord Reviews

“Infuses every chapter with inspiration and gives dozens of examples in which kids are agents of change in their communities. Creating an energizing, upbeat tone, the writers don’t plead for help; they ask, ‘Which kind of action will you choose?’”

“Jam-packed with readily accessible information and ideas, this is an engaging addition to science and environmental collections.”
—School Library Journal

“This would be a good book to learn about water, or it would be really good if you had to do a report about water.”
—Hannah, age 6, San Francisco Book Review

Make a Splash! makes important water issues interesting to learn about—it’s good to the last drop!”
—Milo Cress, age 11, founder of Be Straw Free

“Fun and motivational! Kids will love learning about our important, fragile, and challenged water planet. Make a Splash! will inspire them to do what they can to protect, restore, and advocate for all natural systems that support life.”
—Laura Turner Seydel, Captain Planet Foundation

Make a Splash! provides valuable information about threats to our waters, and more importantly it gives concrete and inspiring examples of how kids have made—and can make—a real difference. It’s a book that I suggest to all who are concerned about our oceans and waterways.”—Jason Chin, author and illustrator of Coral Reefs and Island: A Story of the Galápagos

“Kids who read this book will find themselves captivated by the world of water and primed to do their part in protecting it.”
—Eileen Spinelli, author of over 40 children’s books, including Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green

“Earth to kids . . . Hey kids, we need you! Grown-ups? They’re not paying enough attention to some of the things that will matter to you, like nature and the ocean. So, you’re gonna need to learn to do some things yourself. And the people who wrote this book—they really know their stuff. And they really care about you! I am pretty sure you’ll like this book!”
—Carl Safina, author of The View from Lazy Point and founding president of the Blue Ocean Institute

“Puts kids in the driver’s seat and allows them to explore a newfound motivation to protect the largest masses of substance on this planet, our waterways. Kaye’s continuous service and expertise combines with Cousteau’s clear passion for the environment to inspire kids to take action and care for the planet’s water. Books like Make a Splash! give me hope that younger generations will have the knowledge, skills and drive to help us live in a cleaner, greener world!”
—Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle

“An inspiring and kid-friendly introduction to the challenges facing our oceans and waterways, Make a Splash! gives kids all the tools they need to become champions for the environment and really make a difference. A great resource for anyone who wants to protect our waters—and have fun doing it.”
—Greg MacGillivray, IMAX Producer/Director, MacGillivray Freeman Films and Founder of One World One Ocean

“A spirited rallying cry on behalf of the world’s water. Cathryn Berger Kaye’s confidence in the power of kids to turn what they learn into tools for action is a perfect complement to the enthusiasm and curiosity of Philippe Cousteau, a passionate environmentalist and the grandson the famous late-oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Together, the authors conduct a bright and lively tour that reveals the beauty, interconnectedness and vital importance of the wet stuff that covers three-quarters of our planet and makes up three-quarters of our bodies.”
—Peter Christie, science writer and author of 50 Climate Questions: A Blizzard of Blistering Facts

Free Spirit Publishing 128 pages, Softcover, Color Illustrations and Photos
8″ x 8″, Juvenile Nonfiction / Environmental Issues / Service Learning

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