In order for our kids to learn more about their own personal impact on Mother Nature, I think that it’s critical that they learn from a young age about the importance of conserving resources, recycling and composting, and the effects of their personal consumption choices.
This curated collection is a list of my favourite kids books to raise your child’s environmental awareness.
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Raise An Environmentalist Through Reading!
All the books in this list are engaging for kids and touch on really important big ideas about the environment. I’ve read them to children of various ages and they all do a great job of stimulating discussion while getting kids to think about the choices that they can make to have a positive impact on our earth.
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Since I have gathered over 40 great books here, I’ve divided them up into sub-categories according to the reason why you might want to read them.
Books That Help Kids See the Connectedness of Life on Earth
The Backyard Time Detectives by David Suzuki
I Am Earth: An Earth Day Book for Kids by Rebecca and James McDonald
Wolf Island by Celia Godkin
The EARTH Book by Todd Parr
If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
Books to Get Kids Exploring Nature
The Curious Nature Guide: Explore the Natural Wonders All Around You by Clare Walker Leslie
The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms by Clare Walker Leslie
Nature’s Day: Out and About: Spotting, making and collecting activities by Kay Maguire and Danielle Kroll
Understanding Mankind’s Impact on Earth
This Is the Earth by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, Illustrated by Wendell Minor
The Ocean Story by John Seven, Illustrated by Jana Christy
What’s So Bad About Gasoline?: Fossil Fuels and What They Do by Anne Rockwell, Illustrated by Paul Meisel
Oil Spill! by Melvin Berger, Illustrated by Paul Mirocha
Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming by Anne Rockwell, Illustrated by Paul Meisel
Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming by Jean Davies Okimoto, Illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell
Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton
Merhorses and Bubbles (Zoey and Sassafras) by Asia Citro, Illustrated by Marion Lindsay
Recycling, Composting and Waste
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals, Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling
Why Should I Recycle? Illustrated by Mike Gordon
The Magic School Bus Gets Recycled
Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel, Illustrated by Alexandra Colombo
Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug by Ellie Bethel, Illustrated by Alexandra Colombo
Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids by Gail Gibbons
Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers, Illustrated by Randy Chewning
Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli and Illustrated by Anne Kennedy
Why Should I Save Water? Illustrated by Mike Gordon
Why Should I Save Energy? Illustrated by Mike Gordon
Energy Island: How one community harnessed the wind and changed their world by Allan Drummond
Why Should I Protect Nature? Illustrated by Mike Gordon
Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson by Amy Ehrlich, Illustrated by Wendell Minor
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins and Jill McElmurry
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwanda and Bryan Mealer
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne and Eric Puybaret
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
I am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer, Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
Inspirational Books to Get Kids Acting
Grover’s 10 Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, Illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up by Norman Bridwell
Curious George Plants A Tree by Margret & H.A. Rey
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh
Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Eco-Fun: Great Projects, Experiments, and Games for a Greener Earth by David Suzuki
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Phillipe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, Illustrated by Meilo So
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