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Going Blue

A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers & Wetlands


Written by service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye and ocean spokesperson Philippe Cousteau (grandson of Jacques Cousteau), Going Blue educates teens about Earth’s water crisis and gives them tools and inspiration to transform their ideas into action as they plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet’s water system. The book is divided into the five stages of service learning: Investigate, Prepare, Act, Reflect, and Demonstrate.

With the aid of lively color photos and illustrations, along with practical suggestions and activities, readers follow stories of young people around the world addressing water concerns and learn about issues such as clean water access, coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, factory fishing, and bottled water.

Teens are answering the call to help our environment by being green, and now they can help rescue our oceans and waterways by going blue.

“Everything you do makes a difference. What can you do to make a positive difference?”—Philippe Cousteau, CEO, EarthEcho International

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-348-7
Reading Level: Grade 6
Interest Level: Ages 11 & up
Guided Reading Level: Y
Lexile Measure: 1170L
Illustrated: color illust. & photos
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 160

Praise for Going Blue
“Not just another book about the environment, this volume . . . [has] outstanding features [that] include fact-filled sidebars, stories about scientists, full-color charts, and an abundance of high-quality photos . . . Instructors will find this to be a valuable resource for planning active learning exercises.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Gives motivated and ambitious teens the tools and inspiration needed to take action for saving the planet’s water and everything that relies on it.”—Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute

[Going Blue] really gets the reader motivated . . . A good way to get started helping the planet.”—Bristol Herald Courier

“A well-organized, enlightening, and effective guide on becoming an active participant in protecting our world’s water resources. [It is] designed for teens . . . however, most readers will find it interesting and, most importantly, motivating.”—Robert Schmidt, Ph.D., associate professor and service-learning coordinator, Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University

“Visually appealing. Step-by-step sections help students navigate the potentially complex and overwhelming task of making a change in their world . . . supports integration of [service] projects in classrooms, after-school programs, or any place where the potential for activism exists.”—Professionally Speaking, the magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers

“With a balance of sobering facts and inspiring accounts of communities creating real change, this welcome title will attract a broad range of student researchers, casual readers, and committed activists, who will particularly benefit from the extensive resource lists.”—Booklist

“Addresses the current threats facing one of our planet’s most precious resources and gives teens the tools to put their ideas for saving these natural resources into action.”—Gifted Child Today

“Not to be missed for the environmentally conscious.”—Midwest Book Review

“Kaye and Cousteau have set the stage for active involvement of young people in the preservation of their oceans and their planet. It doesn’t get much more important than that.”—Robert Shumer, Ph.D., Information for Action: A Journal for Service-Learning Research with Children and Youth

“[A] valuable how-to manual for [anyone] wishing to protect our precious resource of water.”—VOYA

“After reading this book, I feel very empowered. Philippe Cousteau says it simply and powerfully: ‘Everything you do makes a difference.’”—Justine Seligson, “Just-Teens Travel” columnist

Going Blue is an essential book for teens, parents, teachers, and everyone who cares about the future of the planet. A must-read.”—Dan Buettner, New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones and Thrive

“One of the Top 10 Books on the Environment for Youth.”—Booklist

“If we truly want to save and protect our water planet for future generations, then we must empower youth with the knowledge, technology, and tools to become tomorrow’s change agents. The good news is that Cathryn Berger Kaye and Philippe Cousteau’s Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers & Wetlands offers young people an easy-to-read guidebook that energizes and empowers an entire generation to take part in sustainable activities that benefit and ultimately save our environment.”—Lori McFarling, CMO, Discovery Education

“Saving our water planet requires the full engagement of young people. Going Blue is just the map needed to show them the way—translating concern into relevant, powerful action. As Kaye and Cousteau emphasize early in this important guide, there is no greater threat to our oceans than increasing CO2 in the atmosphere, leading to global warming and ocean acidification. If you’re ready to do more than just talk about reducing your carbon footprint, this is the book for you.”—Harriet Sanford, president and CEO, National Education Association Foundation

“Jacques Cousteau would be proud of Going Blue. His grandson, Philippe, is taking up his challenge, and is bringing a new generation with him. Philippe and Cathryn are helping to form tomorrow’s leaders and build a better future for us all.”—Daniel J. Basta, director, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

“Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Philippe Cousteau leads a modern, passionate, and inspiring call to action to protect the planet’s most precious resource—water. With Going Blue, he and Cathryn Berger Kaye have developed a motivational and active guide that helps young readers understand the fragility and importance of our oceans and waterways. It will inspire all to live differently.”—Laura Michalchyshyn, president and general manager of Planet Green, Discovery Health, and FitTV

“Kaye and Cousteau have given us a call to action. All forms of life as we know it depend upon our oceans and waterways. Saving them is not a matter of good will; it is imperative for our survival.”—Laurie David, author of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming

  • Nautilus Gold Award winner—Middle Grade & Teen Nonfiction
  • Foreword Reviews Book of the Year
  • Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family
  • 100 Best Children’s Products—Dr. Toy
  • 10 Best Socially Responsible Products—Dr. Toy

Help participants make the most of the service projects in Going Blue with this idea-filled manual.

  • Common Core State Standards


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