DEAR EARTH…From Your Friends in Room 5



“A well-thought-out presentation of an important environmental message.” —Kirkus


What begins as a monthly exchange of ideas between Earth and Room 5 grows into a lasting friendship, a school club with a surprising president, and –hopefully– lifelong Earth-smart habits. 

When the kids in Room 5 write to Earth asking what they can do to help save our planet, they are delighted to get a letter back. This beautiful picture book is a celebration of every child’s ability to connect with the environment and make a positive impact .

FREE Resources & Lesson Plans

Click above graphic to watch the HARPER COLLINS read-aloud. 

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*Friendly Letter

Click * above and below for Digital Google Slides with matching Parts of a Friendly Letter and printable Friendly Letter templates so students can write their own letters to Earth.  

*Friendly Letter Template

* Downloadable DEAR EARTH letter template from Harper Collins also available here. 

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* Literature Activities









  1. Printable vocabulary cards
  2. phonics sound boxes
  3. long vowel sort
  4. comprehension questions
  5. seasons
  6. Friendly Letter templates so students can write their own letters to Earth

BONUS: DEAR EARTH’s book jacket reverses to become a POSTER about how to Be An Earth Hero All year! —>

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* DEAR EARTH Activities Choice Board | seesaw

Ms. Rusin/ 2nd grade teacher: “I love the letters between Earth & Room 5 in Dear Earth… The illustrations are beautiful. My mind is racing with all of the things I can use this book for in the classroom! And how fun would it be to start an Earth Heroes Club with students?!?”

Young readers will learn about environmental conservation, along with simple things they can do to help care for the planet-like recycling and reducing energy consumption. There is even a reversible jacket cover that features a poster printed on the inside with twelve months of Earth Hero activities. These fun and interactive activities will encourage children to help protect our planet year-round.

Blog Features

LitLinks by Patricia Newman features DEAR EARTH + #STEM letter writing activities for Ss of all ages.

Vivian Kirkfield’s Perfect Picture Book Friday: DEAR EARTH: FROM YOUR FRIENDS IN ROOM 5

Harper Collins Senior Designer Erica De Chavez shares insights into the creation of DEAR EARTH’s cover here. 

More Praise for
DEAR EARTH…From Your Friends in Room 5:

LibrarianBookends: “This picture book is beautiful & important; let’s kickoff how to be an Earth Hero in January, and continue all year long!”

A 2020-2021 Indie KIDS’ NEXT Selection 

— Dilys Evans Founder Award-winning illustrator Luisa Uribe’s gorgeous art for DEAR EARTH was featured in the Society of Illustrators 2020 Original Art Show.

ISBN-10: 0062915320

ISBN-13: 978-0062915320