- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
- The Water Princess by Susan Verde
- The Watcher by Jean Craighead George
- The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
- The Earth Book by Todd Parr
- The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Trash by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- The Magic School Bus Gets Recycled by Joanna Cole
- Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Gail Gibbons
- One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul
10 Great Earth Day Books for Kids – Check out this list of great books to teach your kids about taking care of the Earth!
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The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
In The Lorax, Dr. Seuss tells the story of a greedy businessman who chops down all the trees in a forest to make money, leaving the animals homeless and without food. The last tree is guarded by a little creature called the Lorax, who speaks for the trees. In the end, the businessman sees the error of his ways and replants the forest. This is a great book to read with your kids on Earth Day to teach them about taking care of our planet.
The Water Princess by Susan Verde
The Water Princess by Susan Verde is the story of a water princess who sets out on a journey to find water for her village. Along the way, she meets many different animals and learns about the importance of water conservation. This beautiful picture book is perfect for Earth Day or any day!
The Watcher by Jean Craighead George
The Watcher is a touching story about a young girl who saves an injured sparrow and nurses it back to health. As she watches the sparrow grow, she learns about the natural world around her and the importance of taking care of the earth. This is a great book for kids who are interested in animals and nature.
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
The Great Kapok Tree is a beautiful story about a man who falls asleep in the Amazon rainforest and has a dream in which the animals of the forest teach him about the importance of conservation. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the message is important for kids of all ages.
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
The Earth Book by Todd Parr is a great book for kids to read on Earth Day. This book is about all the different ways that we can help to take care of the earth. It is a fun and brightly illustrated book that will help to teach kids about being environmentally responsible in an engaging way.
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Trash by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Trash is a delightful book that teaches children about the importance of taking care of our planet. The pictures are beautiful and the story is engaging. This is a great book for Earth Day or any day!
The Magic School Bus Gets Recycled by Joanna Cole
The Magic School Bus Gets Recycled is a 1996 book in the original Magic School Bus series. When the kids in Ms. Frizzle’s class take a field trip to the local recycling plant, they realize that everything on Earth is recycled – including themselves!
This book is a great way to teach kids about the importance of recycling and taking care of our planet.
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins
Can We Save the Tiger? is a book about the ongoing efforts to protect tigers from extinction. The book follows the work of conservationists in India, who are working to save the endangered tiger population. Can We Save the Tiger? is a great book for kids who are interested in animal conservation and the fight to protect endangered species.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Gail Gibbons
Published in 1997, this is a great book for kids who want to learn more about conserving our planet’s resources. It introduces the three Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle – and shows how each one can make a difference.
The book starts with a discussion of why it’s important to conserve resources, and then goes on to explore different ways that we can do this in our everyday lives. Kids will learn about recycling paper, plastic and aluminum; composting; using less water; saving energy; and reducing pollution.
Gibbons’ clear text and easy-to-understand illustrations make this book an ideal choice for younger readers, but it also contains enough information to satisfy older kids who are interested in learning more about environmentalism.
One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul
In this powerful story inspired by true events, one plastic bag becomes the unlikely hero of a community. When a migrating family of weavers settling in West Africa uses plastic bags to pack their belongings, they have no idea that they’re starting a trend that will have disastrous consequences. As more and more people begin to use plastic, it ends up in the stomachs of livestock, clogs waterways, and litters the streets.
The village chief declares a ban on plastic bags, but it takes time for people to change their habits. One young girl, Isatou, comes up with a clever solution to recycle the bags and weave them into useful products. Slowly but surely, the entire community comes together to rid itself of this troublesome litter.
Paul’s lyrical text and Hart’s striking cut-paper illustrations teach kids an important lesson about environmental stewardship and the power of community action.