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Green Reads

In honor of promoting environmental awareness and literacy for Earth Day, we’ve compiled this pristine, green book list. Show your child the importance of Earth Day and help him understand how little, everyday things can help make a big difference by sharing the messages in these eco-friendly books.

The Lorax
by Dr. Seuss

Lorax book“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” Just a few short lines from Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss) have made a long-lasting impact on society. Via his classically whimsical rhyming couplets and vivaciously wacky illustrations, Dr. Seuss presents the sad story of a once vibrant ecosystem ruined by greed, as told by the regretful Once-ler.

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynne Cherry

Kapok bookPerfect for a bedtime story, Cherry’s soft illustrations and gently whispered words have a soothing effect on children and adults everywhere. Journey to the lush rainforests of Brazil and meet the rare and exotic animals in a fight for their habitat. As a lumberjack rests from cutting down a tree that provides shelter and nutrients to these animals, they whisper pleas to cease the destruction of the rainforest into his ear. When he wakes, it’s clear they’ve made their point; sometimes the softest words leave the loudest messages.

Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids
by Gail Gibbons

Recycle bookThis bright and enjoyable how-to book for kids focuses on five main aspects of recycling: paper, glass, aluminum cans, plastic and polystyrene. It’s a beginner’s guide that simply explains the importance of recycling as well as how to be a more environmentally aware citizen. Plus—it’s printed on recycled paper!

The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time
by David Davis and Jan Peck

Green Mother Goose bookYour favorite nursery rhyme characters are here to help you green up your life. Join Old Mother Hubbard as she shops with cloth grocery bags and meet Hickety Pickety, the cage-free hen, in this fun twist on traditional Mother Goose. Complete with eco-friendly collages, this book is perfect for igniting and inspiring environmental awareness conversations that are appropriate and engaging for young children.

I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
by Allison Inches

Green Monster bookPart of the Little Green Earth series, Inches’ book introduces children to the loveable monster Max—loveable to everyone except the environment! Max’s excessive and wasteful usage of energy eventually causes a power outage, leaving him without some of the things he loves, like his TV! Join Max on his journey of eco-friendly discovery as he learns how to reduce, reuse and recycle and shares tips on how to help your kids become little green monsters.

Michael Recycle
by Ellie Bethel

Michael Recycle bookSuperhero Michael Recycle will captivate young readers as he shares his mission and super power: teaching the world to recycle. With bright illustrations and a clever rhyme scheme, “Michael Recycle” is an instant favorite for kids and will have them joining the townspeople in cheering, “To Michael Recycle! The green-caped crusader, our super-green hero, the planet’s new savior!”

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day
by Peter and Connie Roop

Celebrate earth day bookWhat is Earth Day, and why do we celebrate it? Peter and Connie Roop answer and explain frequently asked questions about the history and importance of Earth Day including its official recognition in 1970, what the term “endangered species” means, and even how forest fires can benefit an ecosystem. Accompanied by beautiful watercolors and interesting facts and statistics, this book is a perfect guide to help children understand the true significance of Earth Day.

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
by Mary McKenna Siddals

Compost bookBouncy, enlightening and cheerfully illustrated, “Compost Stew” teaches children about composting in sing-song form. Ingredient by ingredient and letter by letter, kids will learn about soil enrichment and environmental awareness without realizing it as they join in the chorus, “Add to the pot and let it all rot into Compost Stew!” Chock-full of do’s, don’ts and how-tos, this book is an easy recipe for composting success.

Jimmy’s Gone Green!
by Kathy Cane

Jimmy Green bookIn a silly yet informative play on words, Kathy Cane shares an adorable story about becoming environmentally conscious in a way that is easy for kids to understand. Upon hearing he’s gone “green,” Jimmy’s friends worry he is sick with the flu! Through rhymes, neat illustrations and helpful tips, children will learn that being green is not an issue of poor health, but rather a way to conserve the health of the world around us.

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein

Giving tree bookThe late, great children’s poet Shel Silverstein touches on a variety of topics with a simply written and illustrated book about a boy who learns a hard lesson about the gift of giving. The child continues to ask and nature continues to give until there is nothing left. The unforgettable message of this book will continue to touch readers young and old, as it is and will continue to be relevant in several aspects of life.

The Curious Garden
by Peter Brown

Curious garden bookBrown’s delicately illustrated story depicts Liam, a boy on a quest to save the Earth one garden at a time. Liam transforms a suffering garden into a stunning plot of land and begins to witness the amazing effect it has on the once-drab city he lives in. Join Liam as he discovers how one person can truly make a difference in the world.

Earth Book for Kids: Activities to Help Heal the Environment
by Linda Schwartz

Earth book What better way to teach our children to make a difference than by engaging them in activities and leading by example? Play, learn, grow, craft, experiment and experience the wonder of helping the Earth, with tons of ideas that span various environmental topics, from acid rain to landfills to pesticides and wildlife.

by Victoria Kann

EmeraldaliciousHC_cIs Pinkalicious turning green?! You bet! Join Pinkalicious and Peter as they make the park (and the world) a nicer place with rhymes, love, wishes – and of course a wonderful wand!

  • Mary McKenna Siddals

    What a wonderfully diverse selection of books for showing kids all the small ways they can make such a big difference. Thanks for including Compost Stew, and for encouraging your readers to spread a little green in the world, one simple act at a time…

  • Jennifer Fischer

    I love this book list and am marking it for my library list for Earth Day this year. I recently shared some of my favorite books for teaching my todder/preschooler about animals, which for me relates to instilling in him a love for the natural world around him.

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