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Vermont writer Randi Hacker teaches kids about climate change in ABC book

The cover of "AB(zero)C: A Low-Carbon Footprint Alphabet" by Randi Hacker.
Randi Hacker
The cover of "AB(zero)C: A Low-Carbon Footprint Alphabet" by Randi Hacker.

Alphabet books are a classic genre for young readers. Many of them are themed around specific kid-friendly topics—there are alphabet books about animals, fruits and vegetables, dinosaurs, you name it. One of the latest local additions to the genre is AB(zero)C: A Low-Carbon Footprint Alphabet. The book teaches the alphabet and suggests ways children can reduce their families' carbon emissions and live a more environmentally minded lifestyle.

Montpelier-based writer Randi Hacker penned the book's rhymes, alongside water color illustrations by Mary Camille Connolly. Hacker is also the founder of Home Planet Books, which publishes books for kids about the climate crisis. She speaks to Vermont Edition host Mikaela Lefrak about her favorite letters, advice on talking to kids about difficult topics, and her decades of experience writing about the climate crisis.

Broadcast on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or get in touch with Mikaela Lefrak on Twitter @MikaelaLefrak.

Mikaela Lefrak joined VPR in summer 2021 as co-host and senior producer of 'Vermont Edition'. Prior to that, she was a reporter and host at WAMU in Washington, D.C.