Earth Day for Young Teens

Environmental fiction and nonfiction for middle school kids.

Updated April 7, 2023
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Global warning
Frank, Steven
A group of 12-year-old friends concerned about climate change proposes a new way to save the earth: amending the U.S. Constitution. Their project propels these activists on an amazing journey across America--and all the way to Norway--with plenty of outside-the-box hijinks and civil...
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...
Turn the tide
Dimopoulos, Elaine
Twelve-year-old Mimi Laskaris is inspired by the Wijsen sisters of Bali to turn her focus from classical piano to a new obsession: forming a grassroots, kid-led movement to ban plastic bags in her new island home in Florida. Written in accessible verse, this timely story of...
Haven Jacobs saves the planet
Dee, Barbara
From critically acclaimed author Barbara Dee comes a "thought-provoking...wonderful" (School Library Journal) middle grade novel about a young girl who channels her anxiety about the climate crisis into rallying her community to save a local river. Twelve-year-old Haven...
Big tree
Selznick, Brian
The fate of all life on Earth may depend on the bravery of two little seeds in this epic adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling creator and Caldecott Medalist of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. "The tale of the natural world is the greatest story we have...
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...
Can you hear the trees talking? : discovering the hidden life of the forest
Wohlleben, Peter
WINNER OF THE AAAS/SUBARU PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE BOOKS BASED ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREESĀ  This interactive book for kids aged 8-10 introduces the wonderful science of the forest through outdoor activities, quizzes, fun facts, photographs,...

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