Earth Day: Books for Kids

Fiction and non-fiction titles for kids all about our planet, climate change, and the great outdoors!

Updated March 21, 2024
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Kids vs. plastic : ditch the straw and find the pollution solution to bottles, bags, and other single-use plastics : how you can be a waste warrior!
Beer, Julie (Children's author)
Jam-packed with surprising information about plastic's effect on the environment, plus loads of practical ways kids can cut down on their plastic footprint, this is the kids guide to being part of the pollution solution! It's in your toothbrush ... your clothes ... your...
You can change the world : the kids' guide to a better planet
Bell, Lucy
Kids around the world are working together to make our planet a better, safer, happier place--and now you can join in with this practical guide! You Can Change the World empowers kids to make changes in their lives and communities with the powerful message that anyone can...
The gentle genius of trees
Bunting, Philip
Let trees teach you everything from how to branch out to how to stay rooted in this delightful blend of nonfiction and inspirational humor by author-illustrator Philip Bunting! What could we clever humans ever learn from trees? Find out when you take a stroll through the woods...
The observologist
Clarkson, Giselle
A highly illustrated, playful field guide for budding natural scientists and curious observers of the world right under our noses. Observology is the study of looking. An observologist makes scientific expeditions, albeit very small ones, every day. They notice interesting details in the...
The wild world handbook : how adventurers, artists, scientists--and you--can protect earth's habitats
Debbink, Andrea
Packed with real-life tales of adventure, breathtaking illustrations, and hands-on STEAM activities, this handbook is an inspiring guide for the next generation of climate activists, conservationists, and nature lovers. The wonder of the natural world surrounds us-from the Amazon...
The world's wildest places : and the people protecting them
Dyu, Lily
Discover the wildest places on earth, and meet the amazing people dedicating their lives to conserving them. The World's Wildest Places engages adventurous and curious children with the action being taken to combat the human impact on Planet Earth. Young readers can embark...
Beetles for Breakfast: And other weird & wonderful ways we could save the planet
Finlay, Madeleine
The outdoor scientist : the wonder of observing the natural world
Grandin, Temple
From New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned scientist and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin comes a book about exploring the world around us, asking questions, and making sense of what we see--with 40 fun outdoor activities that promote independent thinking, which kids...
The magic & mystery of trees
Green, Jen
Learn about the amazing natural science of trees in this illustrated nature and science book for kids aged 7-9. From the highest branch and leaf down to the complex "wood wide web" of roots, it's no wonder every part of a tree plays an important role in its own growth and the...
Earth hour : a lights-out event for our planet
Heffernan, Nanette
Click flashlights, light lanterns, and get ready to turn electric lights out to celebrate Earth Hour! Wherever you are, you can help our planet. Kids around the world use electric energy to do all kinds of things--adults do, too! From cleaning the clothes we play in, to lighting...
Rise to the sky : how the world's tallest trees grow up
Hirsch, Rebecca E.
What is the tallest living thing? It's not an elephant, or a giraffe, or even a blue whale. It's a tree! Trees are the tallest living things on Earth. But how do they grow to be so tall? Science writer Rebecca E. Hirsch presents a poetic introduction to the tree life cycle in Rise to the...
The wonders of nature
Hoare, Ben
Uncover awe-inspiring stories behind the natural world with this nature book for curious kids aged 6-8. The world is filled with curious objects such as amazing rocks and minerals, microscopic life, plants, animals and more. The wonders of wildlife are so much bigger than young...
The last straw : kids vs. plastics
Hood, Susan
"Thoughtful and thought-provoking, this book will plant the seeds of environmental activism in young readers." --Kirkus (starred review) "I encourage everyone to read this book." --Dr. Jane Goodall There's no doubt about it--plastic is in almost...
My big book of outdoors
Hopgood, Tim
Introduce little ones to the great outdoors with this beautifully illustrated treasury exploring the wonders of nature in four glorious seasons. From vibrant springtime flowers to sweet fruits on summer trees, from the falling of autumn leaves to snowdrops in winter, this ode to...
The way of the hive : a honey bee's story
Hosler, Jay
"A wonderful graphic novel."--Neil Gaiman Experience the life of a honeybee in this coming-of-age story about a bee named Nyuki, in this full-color graphic novel by Jay Hosler, perfect for curious kids who are fans of the Science Comics series. Nyuki is a brand-new...
Ocean atlas : a journey across the waves and into the deep
Jackson, Tom
Old enough to save the planet
Kirby, Loll
Author Loll Kirby and illustrator Adelina Lirius's picture book Old Enough to Save the Planet is an inspiring look at young climate change activists who are changing the world. The world is facing a climate crisis like we've never seen before. And kids around...
We are water protectors
Lindstrom, Carole
From author Carole Lindstrom and illustrator Michaela Goade comes a New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Medal winning picture book that honors Indigenous-led movements across the world. Powerfully written and gorgeously illustrated, We Are Water Protectors,...
The Earth book
Litton, Jonathan
Explore the incredible place we call home! Marvel at the physical planet, learn how the weather works, meet some of the most influential people from the past and present, and much more. Examine every corner of the Earth, from outer space to underground and from the Maasai steppe to Manhattan.
The last straw
Matthiessen, Zoe
Meet Sippy the plastic straw! Once celebrated and loved by all, now Sippy is used up, discarded, and floating in a puddle. Sad and confused, Sippy is blown around on a long journey. Sippy, a plastic straw who was once so useful, one day gets thrown out and blown into the sea....
The Water Lady : how Darlene Arviso helps a thirsty Navajo Nation
McGinty, Alice B.
This inspiring picture book tells the true story of a woman who brings desperately needed water to families on the Navajo reservation every day. Underneath the New Mexico sky, a Navajo boy named Cody finds that his family's barrels of water are empty. He checks the chicken coop--...
The brilliant deep : rebuilding the world's coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation
Messner, Kate
The Brilliant Deep is the proud recipient of the ALA Notable Children's Books Award, the NSTA-CBC Best STEM Trade Books Award, the Junior Library Guild Selection and the ILA Teacher's Choices. All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony in the ocean, one person...
No world too big : young people fighting global climate change
Metcalf, Lindsay H.
Fans of No Voice Too Small will be inspired by young climate activists who made an impact around climate change in their communities, countries, and beyond. Climate change impacts everyone, but the future belongs to young people. No World Too Big celebrates twelve...
Drawn to change the world : 16 youth climate activists, 16 artists
Reynolds, Emma
"A brilliant, powerful, must-read for anyone and everyone on planet earth." --Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear The climate crisis is reaching a critical tipping point--and you might have heard of the countless amazing young people who are taking action and speaking up for...
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...
The biggest footprint
Sears, Rob
An illustrated, fact-filled book about climate change, by the bestselling author of The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump.
Magic trash : a story of Tyree Guyton and his art
Shapiro, J. H.
Vacant lots. Abandoned houses. Trash--lots of trash. Heidelberg Street was in trouble! Tyree Guyton loved his childhood home--that's where his grandpa Sam taught him to "paint the world." So he wanted to wake people up... to make them see Detroit's crumbling communities. ...
Rebel Girls climate warriors : 25 tales of women who protect the Earth
Sher, Abby
A COMMON SENSE SELECTION (Common Sense Media) With fairytale-like stories about Greta Thunberg, Autumn Peltier, and Rachel Carson, Rebel Girls Climate Warriors: 25 Tales of Environmental Allies spotlights the world-changing work of women on the frontlines of the fight for...
Climate : our changing world
Sima, Andrew
2024 Green Earth Book Award Longlist Climate change affects all of us, but by working together, we can help make the world safer for ourselves and future generations. From the smallest piece of plastic in the oceans to the...
The global ocean
Strauss, Rochelle
The global ocean is in trouble. This beautiful and important book explores the issues -- and what we can do to help. Though we think of Earth's five oceans as separate and distinct, they are actually a linked system of circulating water that is one single ocean -- the global ocean. This...
The earth atlas
Van Rose, Susanna
Delve beneath the surface of Earth with this pictorial atlas and discover the secrets of our planet. How did planet Earth form? What's under the surface, and how can we see it? Why do volcanoes erupt? What do coasts and caves have in common? What's so important about rocks and...
Be thankful for trees
Ziefert, Harriet
What gives you a seat, a floor for your feet? A place you can sit with your family to eat?  The pum-pum of a drum, a guitar's twangy strum . . . Tree wood makes music zing, ping, and hum. Using lilting, rhyming couplets, this book explores the many items that are...

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