Earth Day Every Day!

Environmental fiction & nonfiction for grades K-12

Updated July 11, 2023
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23 ways to be an eco hero
Thomas, Isabel
The perfect book for budding conservationists and eco warriors! The book is packed full of step-by-step projects for crafty kids eager to reuse, recycle, and do their bit for the environment. With a mixture of simple and challenging projects, readers can learn how to create new objects from...
47 things you can do for the environment
Petronis, Lexi.
Sure, we all know the planet is in trouble. We hear talk all the time about climate change, air pollution from cars, oil spills into oceans, trash overflowing into waterways, and toxic chemicals leaking into our groundwater. Sigh. But the good news is there's a lot we can do to start cleaning up...
Can I recycle this? : a guide to better recycling and how to reduce single-use plastics
Romer, Jennie
"If you've ever been perplexed by the byzantine rules of recycling, you're not'll want to read Can I Recycle This?... An extensive look at what you can and cannot chuck into your blue bin." --The Washington Post The first illustrated guidebook that...
Can I recycle this? : a kid's guide to better recycling and how to reduce single-use plastics
Romer, Jennie
You probably know that you're supposed to recycle--but you may not know how or why. This adaptation of the successful adult book, written by a lawyer and sustainability expert, will answer all your recycling questions. Can I Recycle This? skips over...
A child's introduction to the environment : the air, earth, and sea around us--plus experiments, projects, and activities you can do to help our planet!
Driscoll, Michael
Explore the water, land, and air around us with this entertaining and informative look at our magnificent planet--and learn how your experiments, activities, and everyday actions can help save the environment.  This book looks at the wide variety of...
Climate action : what happened and what we can do
Simon, Seymour
Meet the young activists who are using their voices and minds to fight climate change. Did you know that the past five years have been the hottest ever recorded Or that over seven million people participated in the global Climate Strike We're facing a very real...
Dirty air
Lawrence, Ellen
How clean is the air we breathe? What gases do cars and factories produce? Is it true that gases, dust, and other types of pollution in the air can make us ill? What is acid rain, and why does it hurt animals and plants? Can switching off a light and taking the bus instead of riding in the car...
Earth Day
Ferguson, Melissa
Earth Day celebrates our beautiful planet and calls us to act on its behalf. Some people spend the day planting flowers or trees. Others organize neighborhood clean-ups, go on nature walks, or make recycled crafts. Readers will discover how a shared holiday can have multiple traditions and be...
McNamara, Margaret.
The Robin Hill School first graders celebrate Earth Day in this Level 1 Ready-to-Read in the Robin Hill School series! The kids in Mrs. Connor's class are celebrating Earth Day, and everyone has lots of ideas on how to save the Earth--except Emma. She's worried her ideas aren't...
Earth Day and the global environmental movement : standing up for Earth
Peterson, Christy
On April 22, 1970, an estimated twenty million people held in a teach-in to show their support for environmental protections. This new celebration, Earth Day, brought together previously fragmented issues under the same banner. It was the largest nationwide event ever, and lawmakers took notice....
Every breath we take : a book about air
Ajmera, Maya
The first step to cherishing something is recognizing its importance and understanding why it is necessary. Every Breath We Take is a positive, life-affirming look at clean air, with a subtle message about how air can be dirtied-and how it can be cleaned up. Photographs of children, animals,...
Every day is Earth Day
Brown, Jordan
Join Jet Propulsion and his friends as they celebrate Earth in this Level 2 Ready-to-Read based on a popular episode of PBS's hit show Ready Jet Go! When Jet learns that humans celebrate Earth Day, he can't help but wonder, why can't every day be Earth Day? After he...
Every day is Earth Day
O'Connor, Jane.
Fancy Nancy fans of all ages will love this sweet story about learning to respect both the Earth and your family, in this I Can Read story from New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser! Learning to respect the environment is no small task, especially if you...
Eyes Wide Open Going Behind the Environmental Headlines
Fleischman, Paul.
Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them. We're living in an Ah-Ha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle...
Fly Guy presents : garbage & recycling
Arnold, Tedd
Fly Guy is buzzing over to a landfill to learn more about garbage and recycling!Fly Guy and Buzz visit a landfill to discover where their garbage goes. They learn all about garbage trucks, trash sorting, bacteria, and how landfills can be more environmentally friendly. They also visit a recycling...
Go green by recycling
Bullard, Lisa.
Fun text and upbeat illustrations will inspire readers to learn about recycling. Comprehension questions, fun facts, and critical thinking questions keep readers engaged and thinking while they read through an interesting narrative with diverse characters.
Go green!
Gogerly, Liz
A kid-friendly story packed with practical ideas for "going green" and protecting the planet. In Go Green!, three friends set out to learn about how to protect the environment. After a birthday party sparks their awareness of environmental issues such as wasted food,...
Greta's story : the schoolgirl who went on strike to save the planet
Camerini, Valentina
The story of Greta Thunberg, the schoolgirl who inspired a worldwide climate change movement. It's 20 August 2018, late summer in Stockholm, and it feels incredibly hot in the city. The TV news reports rising temperatures, and there have been numerous fires...
Hopkinson, Deborah,
This fact-filled Little Golden Book is about Earth Day-what it is and why it's important-and offers suggestions for actions kids can take to help protect and heal our planet. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year, but this Little Golden Book about the history and...
Heroes of the environment : true stories of people who are helping to protect our planet
Rohmer, Harriet.
This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and...
How to change everything : the young human's guide to protecting the planet and each other
Klein, Naomi
"[A] uniquely inclusive perspective that will inspire conviction, passion, and action." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) An empowering, engaging young readers guide to understanding and battling climate change from the expert and bestselling author of This Changes...
It's Earth Day!
Mayer, Mercer
Little Critter is on a mission! After watching a film about climate changes at school, Little Critter decides to do his part to slow down global warming. With the help of his family and friends, Little Critter begins to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Together they learn about the importance of not...
Luna and me : the true story of a girl who lived in a tree to save a forest
Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue
Once there was a redwood tree--one of the world's largest and tallest trees, and one of the oldest. And once, born nearly a thousand years after the tree first took root, there was a girl named Julia, who was called Butterfly. When exploring her beloved forest, Butterfly wandered...
Mario and the Hole in the Sky How a Chemist Saved Our Planet
Rusch, Elizabeth.
The true story of how a scientist saved the planet from environmental disaster. Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As...
Mario y el agujero en el cielo : co?mo un qui?mico salvo? nuestro planeta
Rusch, Elizabeth
Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs, used in millions of refrigerators and spray...
Nos Gusta Vivir Verde: We Like to Live Green
Young, Mary
This title is suitable for ages 4 to 8 years. It features text in Spanish & English. This Earth-friendly book provides an introduction to vital environmental issues in ways that will appeal to both young children and adults. We can all recycle and reuse, conserve water or grow a garden! It includes...
Now is the time for trees : make an impact by planting the earth's most valuable resource
Lambe, Dan
"Celebrates the power of trees to oxygenate the planet, purify water and air, lower city temperatures, provide habitat, nurture the soul, and provide essential food sources." --Booklist Trees and forests are the number one nature-based solution for revers­ing...
One Earth : people of color protecting our planet
Rao, Anuradha S.
★ "The activists' stories are extraordinary...It's a powerful answer to Rao's framing questions: 'Who is an environmental defender? What does she or he look like? Maybe like you. Maybe like me.'"--Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ "Thought-provoking reading for young people...
Rainbow weaver = Tejedora del arcoíris
Marshall, Linda Elovitz
Bilingual English/Spanish. A young Mayan girl isn't allowed to use her mother's thread to weave, so with a little ingenuity she discovers how to repurpose plastic bags to create colorful weavings. Based on an actual recycling movement in Guatemala. Ixchel wants to follow in the long...
Gibbons, Gail
Explains the process of recycling from start to finish and discusses what happens to paper, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic when they are recycled into new products.
Pettiford, Rebecca
In Recycling, early fluent readers learn about how everyday products and packaging can be broken down and reconstructed into new items. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn about the science behind recycling.Infographics illustrate key concepts,...
Recycling day
Miller, Edward
Included here are tips on recycling electronics and making items such as fabrics, books, and toys available for reuse. Facts about how much trash Americans produce and how that can be changed are included in this zippy introduction to reducing waste.nbsp;
Recycling materials
McMullen, Gemma.
Recycling is an easy way to help protect the planet. Young readers learn the basics of recycling, including what materials are most commonly recycled and how the process of recycling works. This valuable information is presented through age-appropriate text, including eye-catching fact boxes. Full...
Reducir, Reutilizar, Reciclar: Las Gráficas
Barchers, Suzanne I.
Learn more about graphs while protecting the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling! Through this book, that has been translated into Spanish, young readers can practice their graphing and STEM skills by making bar graphs and pictographs of recyclable objects. Not only will children...
Rubbish & recycling
Brundle, Harriet
More than ever, we need to think about the ways our actions affect the environment. This exciting and engaging series explains how we can consider our impact on Planet Earth and suggests ways we can help to protect our planet. What is rubbish? Why is recycling important? How does a tin can become a...
Stand up! Speak up! : a story inspired by the climate change revolution
Joyner, Andrew, (Illustrator)
Awarded as a 2021 Malka Penn Award Honor Book, here is a timely picture book about a young girl's mission to inspire others to help the planet. The meaningful message of climate change activism is perfect for Earth Day and every day! Celebrate young climate change activists in...
Super simple Earth Day activities : fun and easy holiday projects for kids
Borgert-Spaniol, Megan
Get ready to celebrate the planet! Kids will learn all about Earth Day and its traditions with Super Simple Earth Day Activities. Then, explore ways they can celebrate this holiday by making seed bombs, bird feeders, and more. Colorful photos and step-by-step instructions make each project super...
Sydney & Simon : go green!
Reynolds, Paul A.
STEAM problem-solvers and twin mice Sydney and Simon learn about the dangers of pollution-and the power of recycling-in this illustrated chapter book for young readers Last we saw them, Sydney & Simon used science, technology, engineering, arts, and math skills to save wilting...
Taking action to help the environment
Braun, Eric
Do you ever worry about the environment? Do you wish you could help make things better? The environmental activists profiled in this book do that every day. One eleven-year-old sold drawings of birds to raise money to help clean up an oil spill. A poet presented her writing against nuclear...
This book is not garbage : 50 ways to ditch plastic, reduce trash, and save the world! /
Thomas, Isabel,
Our planet is in peril and needs your help! If you want to learn to reduce waste and save the Earth, here are practical tips and projects that make a difference! Do you worry about the world's waste? The bad news is, humans throw away too much trash. But the good news is,...
This book will (help) cool the climate : 50 ways to cut pollution and protect our planet! /
Thomas, Isabel,
Our planet is heating up, and it needs your help! If you want to learn to reduce your carbon footprint and cool the Earth, here are practical tips and projects that make a difference! Are you concerned about climate change? The bad news is, global warming is a real problem that...
Trash revolution : breaking the waste cycle
Fyvie, Erica
All the "stuff" that surrounds us has a life cycle: materials are harvested, the stuff is made and distributed, it's consumed and then it gets trashed or recycled. Using the typical contents of a child's school backpack (defined as water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals, electronics), this...
Water! : why every drop counts and how you can start making waves to protect it /
Gerry, Lisa,
Did you know the water in your glass could be the same water the dinosaurs drank? Discover more incredible facts about Earth's water, the challenges facing it, and how your actions can help defend this precious resource. Dive in! No doubt about it, water is fascinating! It's also...
We are all Greta : be inspired to save the world /
Giannella, Valentina,
"Humans are very adaptable: We can still fix this. But the opportunity to do so will not last for long. We must start today. We have no more excuses" GRETA THUNBERG Follow in the footsteps of the Swedish teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize candidate in We Are All Greta<...
We rise : the Earth Guardians guide to building a movement that restores the planet
Martinez, Xiuhtezcatl
Challenge the status quo, change the face of activism, and confront climate change head on with the ultimate blueprint for taking action. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 16-year-old climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful new voice on the front lines of a global youth-led movement. He and his group...
What does it mean to be green?
DiOrio, Rana.
Being green means... Turning off the water while you brush your teeth Only turning on the lights when you need them Picking up trash that isn't yours In this empowering book, a young boy and girl discover amazing facts (like how our food travels an average of 1,500...
Where Have All the Bees Gone Pollinators in Crisis
Hirsch, Rebecca E.
Apples, blueberries, peppers, cucumbers, coffee, and vanilla. Do you like to eat and drink? Then you might want to thank a bee. Bees pollinate 75 percent of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts grown in the United States. Around the world, bees pollinate $24 billion worth of crops each year....
Yasmin the recycler
Faruqi, Saadia
Yasmin is thrilled about her school's new recycling program. But getting her friends to pitch in is no easy task! Will some creative thinking get Yasmin's friends to be good recyclers?

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