Environmental Books for Kids

Ready to go green? Kids today are more conscientious and interested than ever about topics like recycling, climate change, and protecting the planet. The Earth-friendly books on this list are full of powerful messages about nature and environmental issues. They might even help foster an appreciation of the natural world and conservation efforts, or encourage kids to get involved with climate activism. Whether you're celebrating Earth Day or taking part in a youth climate strike like Greta Thunberg, caring about the environment has never been cooler. For more eco-friendly media, you can also try these Movies That Teach Kids About Climate Change.

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Green

age 2+

Clever color book expands idea of green in nature, at home.

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Días y días / Days and Days

age 3+

Engaging art and spare text teach about seasons.

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Finding Spring

age 3+

A bear cub learns about seasons in artful, charming story.

By: Carin Berger (2015)
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Hello Hello

age 3+

Intro to wildlife at risk celebrates animals of all stripes.

By: Brendan Wenzel (2018)
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It's Earth Day: Little Critter

age 3+

Little Critter inspires with his eco-enthusiasm.

By: Mercer Mayer (2008)
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Miss Maple's Seeds

age 3+

Lyrical fantasy celebrates the magic of seeds and seasons.

By: Eliza Wheeler (2013)
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Señorita Mariposa

age 3+

Beautiful bilingual rhyming book about a monarch's journey.

By: Ben Gundersheimer (2019)
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Touch the Earth

age 3+

Cartoony mix of fun and soft science in environmental tale.

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We Are Water Protectors

age 3+

Powerful words, vibrant images inspire care for the earth.

By: Carole Lindstrom (2020)
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And Then It's Spring

age 4+

A boy's wondrous experience of seeing his seeds grow.

By: Julie Fogliano (2012)
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E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help from a Hen

age 4+

Funny story offers gentle lessons about organic farming.

By: Judy Sierra (2014)
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Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years: Our Universe, Book 1

age 4+

Our planet tells its own history in fun, kid-friendly way.

By: Stacy McAnulty (2017)
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Emeraldalicious

age 4+

Pinkalicious goes green in magical clean-up adventure.

By: Victoria Kann (2013)
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Galapagos Girl / Galapagueña

age 4+

Colorful bilingual book about the Galápagos Islands.

By: Marsha Diane Arnold (2018)
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Hurricane

age 4+

Gorgeous art shows community strength after disaster.

By: John Rocco (2021)
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If You Plant a Seed

age 4+

Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.

By: Kadir Nelson (2015)
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Life

age 4+

Dreamy, meditative book ponders life's deeper meaning.

By: Cynthia Rylant (2017)
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The Lorax

age 4+

Seuss fable has become environmentalist classic.

By: Dr. Seuss (1971)
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Mama Built a Little Nest

age 4+

Lively, poetic takes on different birds' nesting habits.

By: Jennifer Ward (2014)
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Outside In

age 4+

Gorgeous but moody images contrast with joy of outdoors.

By: Deborah Underwood (2020)
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