As a parent, how do you raise your kiddo to not only appreciate the environment but also to protect it?
Read to them!books for kids about the environment
Kids love and I mean LOVE to be read to.
Teaching kids through fun stories is a fabulous way to share with them the how important our earth is and how we are responsible for taking care of it. Kids love to help so the more we share how they can help, the more likely they will want to help. boo
ks for kids about the environment
I combed the library looking for books for kids about the environment. This selection is great for preschoolers up through elementary age. The stories and the illustrations are engaging and relatable for all kids. I’ve saved my favorite for last.
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Curious George Discovers Recycling – Erica Zappy
Any parent of a toddler know the opening to EVERY Curious George book and show, “George was a good little monkey, and always very curious”. In this book George was curious about recycling. In the book there are some actionable tips kids can follow as well.
Look Out for Litter – Lisa Bullard
Great story for preschoolers. What preschooler doesn’t love a good pirate story? The book emphasizes the problem of litter and how even young kids can make a difference. The illustrations are very cute as well.
Watch Over our Water – Lisa Bullard
Trina is back from Look Out for Litter and she’s talking about conserving water. The story is engaging for a preschooler, Trina is a funny girl who has a few tips for all the kids.
Go Easy on Energy – Lisa Bullard
In this book Tyler teaches us about how to conserve energy. Energy can be a difficult concept for kids to understand simply because you can’t really see it. Tyler shares where energy comes from, how we use it and the small things we can do to conserve it.books for kids about the environment
Elementary School Age
What Does Green Mean? – Barbara L. Webb
This book give a great understanding, for a child, of what it means to be ‘green’. That includes recycling, reducing waste, organic farming, carbon footprints, etc.
What in the World is a Green School? – Oona Gaarder-Juntti
This book talks about what being ‘green’ means and why it’s so important at schools. I like that it give kids easy, actionable ideas for things they can do at school to be ‘green’.
Recycling Step by Step – Jean M. Lundquist
This book explains how common packaging materials are collected, sorted and turned into something new.
What Can You Do With an Old Red Shoe? – Anna Alter
I love that this book is literally a list of 12 different items found around the house and what to do with them rather than throwing them in the trash. Showing what can be done with an old item helps kids look at ‘trash’ differently and can spark imagination and creativity.
Reducing Waste – Andrew Einspruch
This book talks not only about recycling but also how to reduce waste by choosing reusable packaging, donating, etc as well as repairing items so they can be used again. It gives a bit of information about landfills and composting as well.
How Can We Reduce Household Waste? – Mary K. Pratt
This book goes a bit further than the Reducing Waste book in that it provides more number driven data as well as the effects of waste on the environment. The book also touches on e-waste.
Super Simple Earth Day Activities – Megan Borgert-Spanio
This book explains the origins of Earth Day, why we celebrate it and some ideas on how to celebrate. It is an activity book so there are 10 different fun and easy projects for kids to make, many using items you probably already have at home.
Take It a Step Further
If you’re kiddo is super interested in protecting the earth, first off YAY! That’s awesome. We can certainly use all the ‘earth protectors’ we can find. True Green Kids shares 100 things you can do to save the planet. I would consider it a good reference book for a kid to have on hand. It talks about everything from their room to the home to outdoors, school, vacation and much more.
The Lorax – Dr. Seuss
Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? If you’re not familiar with this story, the basic idea is all the trees are cut down to make a product. Once the last tree is cut down, then what? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Books always make a great gift and some books, well, you just need to have your own copy.
Reading stories and engaging our kiddos in learning about how we can protect the environment will empower them to be the change we wish to see in the world.
Have you read any of these books with your kids? Which is their favorite? Let me know in the comments below and if you have a favorite I didn’t list, I’d love to know the title.
Make it a green day!