It is most likely no surprise to my readers that I am passionate about the environment. If you count yourself among the population of eco-warriors, you need to check out these Earth Day books for children. Even if you DON’T consider yourself a passionate environmentalist, you should still invest in a few of these books. Why? Because without the right education and support, children will grow up having absolutely zero interest in protecting the environment.
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Why Should We Teach Kids About The Environment?
To be blunt, not teaching kids about the environment is how we end up with people like Donald Trump and his Republican administration in charge of this country. I’m not usually one to bring up politics but as the rest of the world marches ahead in the search for clean energy, our own nation is stepping back decades and trying to resurrect coal as a fuel. Let’s work together as eco-conscious parents to raise the next generation of kids who care passionately about the world around them.
Best Earth Day Books for Children
Looking for Earth Day books for children? Check out this list of books for kids that teach lessons about nature, earth friendly crafts, Earth Day, and climate change. Great for home school lessons, scout troops, or anyone who wants to raise green kids in a not so green world.
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Earth Day Books for Preschoolers: Age 3 to 6
Books for kids in the 3 to 5 range obviously have to be simple and sturdy. Kids this age do best exploring concepts they are familiar with. Animals, plants, air, grass, bugs, etc. Basic books about Earth Day and activities that they can participate in will help them understand their role in protecting the environment. Here are a few suggestions or head over to Amazon for a ton of Earth Day books for preschoolers. Combine your book experience with a nature walk!
Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard
Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Kids Earth Day Books for Ages 6 to 8
Children ages 6 to 8 can handle a bit more of a story line than preschool aged children will. Look for books that teach a simple Earth Day message with actionable ways that your child can get involved. Modeling these behaviors as a family will go a long ways towards enforcing your eco-conscious messaging. If you invest in a ton of Earth Day books for children but then don’t model environmentally sustainable actions at home, your lessons will fall on deaf ears. Check out more Earth Day books for kids on Amazon or try a couple of these.
The Lorax (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss
The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle by Nuria Roca
Earth Day–Hooray! (MathStart 3) by Stuart J. Murphy
Earth Day Books for Kids: Ages 8 to 12
Now that your children are getting older, they can better understand books that include a more worldwide view of the environment. They are better equipped to understand more complicated concepts like global warming and sustainable energy. Try to encourage your children to come to you with questions and if you don’t know the answer, get online and look it up together. Consider expanding your child’s interests to nonfiction books like children’s encyclopedias. Let them get hands on with upcycled and recycled crafts. They are at the perfect age to really absorb your earth friendly lessons!
A Warmer World: From Polar Bears to Butterflies,
How Climate Change Affects Wildlife by Caroline Arnold
Climate Change (DK Eyewitness Books)
Earth Friendly Crafts: Clever Ways to Reuse Everyday Items
If you are looking for Earth Day books for older teens or young adults, they are much harder to find. I browsed through Amazon and found The Template: A Parable of the Environment by
No matter how old your kids are, hopefully, these Earth Day books for children give you a good place to start on your environmental lessons! Do your kids have any favorite Earth Day books? Don’t forget these book ideas! Pin for Later!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.