20 Inspiring Children’s Books for Earth Day

20 Inspiring Children’s Books for Earth Day

You can encourage environmental awareness all year long with the right reading material.

Our kids are our future—teach them to be conscientious and kind to Mother Earth with these sweet, informative children’s books.

My Friend Earth
Celebrate Earth Day with this valentine to our wonderful planet from the Newbery Award-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall. Our friend Earth does so many wonderful things! She tends to animals large and small. She pours down summer rain and autumn leaves.
The Keeper of Wild Words
A touching tale of a grandmother and her granddaughter exploring and cherishing the natural world. Words, the woods, and the world illuminate this quest to save the most important pieces of our language—by saving the very things they stand for.
A Kids Book About Climate Change
Climate change is a topic that can be overwhelming for kids and grownups.
The Big Book of Blooms
The next installment in the popular Big Book series is a fascinating introduction to some of the most magnificent and surprising flowering plants from around the world.
We Are the Gardeners
In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden.
The Forest
A lyrical book about the adventure of life, The Forest is also a magnificent visual work, both painterly and a technical feat of paper engineering. Here, sensory experience and the textures of the material world are rendered through die-cuts, embossing, cutouts, and two gatefolds.
A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals
From New York Times bestselling author Millie Marotta comes this gorgeous celebration of the animal kingdom.
The Night Flower
An exquisitely illustrated nonfiction picture book about a desert flower that blooms for just one night a year. As the summer sun sets over the Sonoran desert in Arizona, wildlife gathers to witness a very special annual event. The night flower is about to bloom.
Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids
An introduction to easy gardening so you can grow everywhere and anywhere. Whether you live in the city or the countryside, there are plenty of places you can plant and grow. For a new generation of green fingers there are different ways to bring nature into the home.
A Stone Sat Still
A Stone Sat Still tells the story of a seemingly ordinary rock—but to the animals that use it, it is a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven...even an entire world.
The Hike
The Hike is a plucky and sweet adventure story about three intrepid young female explorers set out to conquer the outdoors in their local forest. Here is the best and worst of any hike: from picnics to puffing and panting, deer-sighting to detours.
My Tree and Me: A Book of Seasons
Through the seasons, a young girl grows along with her tree, playing in its branches and basking in its shade. She can swing and have a picnic, draw the tree and play hide and go seek.
The Big Book of Bugs
Ideal for young readers ages 8-12, this beautifully-illustrated book introduces children to bugs that creep, crawl, and fly. Filled with scenic compositions, it explores the world of moths, beetles, worms, spiders and more.
Most of the Better Natural Things in the World
A tiger carries a dining room chair on her back. But why? Where is she going? With just one word per page, in lush, color-rich landscapes, we learn about the features that make up our world: an archipelago, a dune, an isthmus, a lagoon. Across them all, the tiger roams.
The Big Book of the Blue
Following the wild success of The Big Book of Bugs and The Big Book of Beasts, The Big Book of the Blue is the third installment in Yuval Zommer’s beloved series.
A Nest Is Noisy
From the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient, and A Rock Is Lively comes this gorgeous and informative look at the fascinating world of nests.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
In this exuberant and lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt.
Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum
Discover more than 160 exhibits in this virtual museum, open all hours. The 2017 offering from Big Picture Press's Welcome to the Museum series, Botanicum, is a brilliantly curated guide to plant life.
The Magic and Mystery of Trees
Learn about the amazing natural science of trees in this illustrated nature and science book. From the highest branch and leaf down to the complex "wood wide web" of roots, every part of a tree plays an important role in its own growth and the habitat of the whole forest or woodland.

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