Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands (Paperback)

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

By Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., Philippe Cousteau, EarthEcho International

Free Spirit Publishing, 9781575423487, 151pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2010



Written by service learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye and celebrity ocean spokesperson Philippe Cousteau, Going Blue educates young people about the earth's water crisis and gives them tools and inspiration to transform their ideas into action. With lively photos and practical suggestions, the book helps teens plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet's water system. Along the way, readers learn about issues such as clean water access, coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, factory fishing, bottled water, and much more. This combination of academic learning and community service is at the heart of the fast-growing teaching strategy known as service learning.

Going Blue is divided into the five stages of service learning: investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Special sections include a history of ocean exploration with a profile of Jacques Cousteau; an interview with Philippe Cousteau; stories of young people around the world addressing water issues; book and Web resources; and an afterword for adults.

About the Author

Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., is an international service learning consultant and a former classroom teacher. She works with state departments of education, universities, school districts, and classroom teachers on a variety of education issues such as service learning, student leadership, and respectful school communities. A sought-after speaker, Cathy lives in Los Angeles. Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Captain Jacques Cousteau, is a correspondent and spokesperson for Discovery Education and the Animal Planet and Planet Green channels. He is founder and CEO of EarthEcho International, whose mission is to foster extraordinary leaders to take action to restore and protect our oceans. Visit www.earthecho.org for more information.

Praise For Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands

2011 Nautilus Gold Award winner


“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)

2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award Winner

“Each packed spread combines clearly explained scientific concepts with lists, diagrams, and eye-opening statistics . . . color photos deliver a high impact . . . 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



“One of the Top 10 Books on the Environment for Youth (2011).”—Booklist

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

100 Best Children’s Products—Dr. Toy
10 Best Socially Responsible Products—Dr. Toy

Going Blue is an inspiring call to action for youth around the world.”—Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Gooddall Institute