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Ka-Pow to Powerjams

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“The characters in this story learn many lessons: how to conserve energy, how to be prepared for the unexpected, how to work together and also, how to have fun outdoors. This wonderful tale will draw in young readers and remind parents and caregivers that while you can’t predict and emergency, you can prepare for one.”
- Nick Buczynsky, Senior Emergency Management Advisor, Halton Region

Ka-Pow to Powerjams is an illustrated children’s picture book (for ages 4 – 8). It is the third book in a three-book series featuring young owls and their raptor friends. This book follows A Farewell to Featherwagons and Wings and Thingamajigs and introduces a power failure during a winter storm, touching on energy reduction and emergency preparedness themes.

The book includes facts about Arctic birds, tips on how to be energy smart, an emergency preparedness checklist—plus three story-related “seek and find” activities.

Ka-Pow to Powerjams
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What is the book about?

Biff, Tyto, and Alba-Alba are getting ready for visitors from the far north and are excited about taking them snowboarding. Together, they tidy their tree-trunk hollow without giving much thought to their energy use. After their guests arrive, a power failure during a winter storm delays their snowboarding plans. This gives the owls a chance to learn some valuable lessons about the importance of using energy wisely and preparing for emergencies.

Why raise awareness with a picture book?

Picture books with environmental themes are wonderful ways of introducing children to issues in an entertaining and approachable way. Stories can be an important element of environmental change. They make for engaging teaching tools and are part of children’s language and literacy development. Picture books can also be a unique way to raise awareness with adult target audiences as well as inspire earth-friendly living at an early age.

Who created the book?

The book was created by a team of experts on air quality, climate change, and physical activity—in addition to a raptor specialist, literacy consultant, early childhood educator, and professional illustrator. This team created the book with the purpose of educating the public about the health impacts associated with air quality and climate change, and the actions that can be taken to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases.

Where can I find a copy of this book?

Download the Ka-Pow to Powerjams pdf5.15MB book for free! 
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Are there more books like this one?

Are there supplementary learning materials to go with the book?

For more information

  • EcoKids external link
    Environmental education site from Earth Day Canada
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