Earth Day Series: Part 1 – 20 Books for Budding Environmentalists

In the spirit of Earth Day, we would like to share some books to inspire and cultivate young minds. Here is a list of books that we (and earthday.org) feel will help to achieve just that.

Infant to 3 years old

Baby Loves Green Energy

Baby Loves Green Energy! by Ruth Spiro

Explore the Earth’s climate with your child and learn how green energy can help protect our planet.

Ocean Life

Hello, World! Ocean Life by Jill McDonald

Learn about the ocean’s creatures, big and small, in this colourful book. “Our big blue oceans are full of life. Dive in and take a look!”

Stellaluna

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

“When a little bat gets separated from her mother, she learns a big lesson about friendship in the unlikeliest of places.”

Who Likes Rain

Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee

“In this charming picture book, one spunky girl discovered just who like rain – and who doesn’t – as she explores the rainy day habits of the world around her.”

4 to 6 years old

The

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

A beloved classic by Dr. Seuss, this book explores how one child can make a difference if they speak up and stand up for those who can’t. This must-read book is “timely, playful, and hopeful.”

Wangaris Trees of Peace

Wangari’s Tree of Peace by Jeanette Winter

This story is about Goldman Environmental Prize and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai, who set out on a mission to restore her home forests in Kenya.

The Wolves Are Back

The Wolves Are Back by Jean Craighead George

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of how the balance and health of an ecosystem were restored when wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park.

Our Community Garden

Our Community Garden by Barbara Pollak

“This heartfelt story captures the excitement of children getting their hands dirty and learning to nurture living things for the first time.”

Since you might have some olderr kinds in the house here is a list for them too.

7 to 10 years old

One Plastic Bag

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul

This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions can really make a difference in our world.

Rachel Carson book

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor

Follow Rachel Carson’s journey from a curious young naturalist to an influential female scientist whose work sparked the modern environmental movement.

Follow the Moon Home

Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids and A Thousand Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson

A young girl in a new home works to save the sea turtles on her beach. A Letter to Young Activists from Philippe Cousteau is sure to inspire readers to start a project in their community!

Our Big Home

Our Big Home: An Earth Poem by Linda Glaser

This colourful and lyrical book illustrates how humans relate to each other and all other living things in Our Big Home of planet Earth.

11 to 13 years old

A Drop Around the World

A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney

Follow a raindrop around the world through the entire water cycle.

The Shark Whisperer

The Shark Whisperer: Tristan Hunt and The Sea Guardians by Dr Ellen Prager

A young group of Sea Guardians who can communicate with sharks and other marine life protect animals in the ocean surrounding the Bahamas.

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch

This book helps us understand the science of climate change from scientists working on the issue.

Paddle to the Sea

Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling

A young Native American boy travels from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, learning about the landscape as he goes.

13 years and older

We Are the Weather Makers

We Are The Weather Makers: The Story of Climate Change by Tim Flannery. Adapted for the Generation who will Act on Global Warming by Sally M. Walker

This teen adaptation details the history and current status of climate change.

Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman

This book helps us understand our current environmental issues through real-world scenarios.

Endangered

Endangered (Ape Quartet) by Eliot Schrefer

A young woman protects Bonobos in the conflict-stricken region in the Congo.

Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver

This novel covers three stories of people connecting to nature in the Appalachian Mountains.

We found this list on earthday.org‘s webpage here. If you would like to learn more stay posted for the rest of the series and swing by earthday.org for more information.

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