Environmental Books for Kids

Ready to go green? These Earth-friendly books are full of powerful messages about nature and the environment.

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Green Book Poster Image
Clever color book expands idea of green in nature, at home.
By Laura Vaccaro Seeger
(2012)
(2012)
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Finding Spring Book Poster Image
A bear cub learns about seasons in artful, charming story.
By Carin Berger
(2015)
(2015)
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It's Earth Day: Little Critter Book Poster Image
Little Critter inspires with his eco-enthusiasm.
By Mercer Mayer
(2008)
(2008)
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Miss Maple's Seeds Book Poster Image
Lyrical fantasy celebrates the magic of seeds and seasons.
By Eliza Wheeler
(2013)
(2013)
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Touch the Earth Book Poster Image
Cartoony mix of fun and soft science in environmental tale.
By Julian Lennon, Bart Davis
(2017)
(2017)
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And Then It's Spring Book Poster Image
A boy's wondrous experience of seeing his seeds grow.
By Julie Fogliano
(2012)
(2012)
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The Apple Pie That Papa Baked Book Poster Image
Folksy artwork enlivens tasty web-of-life tale.
By Lauren Thompson
(2008)
(2007)
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E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help from a Hen Book Poster Image
Funny story offers gentle lessons about organic farming.
By Judy Sierra
(2014)
(2014)
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Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years Book Poster Image
Our planet tells its own history in fun, kid-friendly way.
By Stacy McAnulty
(2017)
(2017)
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Emeraldalicious Book Poster Image
Pinkalicious goes green in magical clean-up adventure.
By Victoria Kann
(2013)
(2013)
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The Giving Tree Book Poster Image
Classic, sensitive parable about selflessness.
By Shel Silverstein
(2003)
(1964)
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If You Plant a Seed Book Poster Image
Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.
By Kadir Nelson
(2015)
(2015)
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Life Book Poster Image
Dreamy, meditative book ponders life's deeper meaning.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2017)
(2017)
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The Lorax Book Poster Image
Seuss fable has become environmentalist classic.
By Dr. Seuss
(2003)
(1971)
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Mama Built a Little Nest Book Poster Image
Lively, poetic takes on different birds' nesting habits.
By Jennifer Ward
(2014)
(2014)
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My Spring Robin Book Poster Image
Girl looks for returning bird in cute, informative tale.
By Anne Rockwell
(2015)
(1989)
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Some Bugs Book Poster Image
Makes looking at bugs look exciting, gets kids outdoors.
By Angela DiTerlizzi
(2014)
(2014)
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Over and Under the Pond Book Poster Image
Lovely book about wildlife teeming in and around a pond.
By Kate Messner
(2017)
(2017)
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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt Book Poster Image
Evocative gardening book makes nature come alive.
By Kate Messner
(2015)
(2015)
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We Planted a Tree Book Poster Image
A poem to inspire young tree huggers everywhere.
By Diane Muldrow
(2010)
(2010)
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Judy Moody Saves the World Book Poster Image
Captivates kids transitioning to chapter books.
By Megan McDonald
(2004)
(2004)
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Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City Book Poster Image
Red-tailed hawk story stirs urban enviro-conflict.
By Janet Schulman
(2008)
(2008)
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The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge Book Poster Image
A hefty science lesson mixed with tips on taking action.
By Joanna Cole
(2010)
(2010)
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Me and Marvin Gardens Book Poster Image
Sensitive boy vs. subdivision, bullies in coming-of-age gem.
By Amy Sarig King
(2017)
(2017)
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Neversink Book Poster Image
Epic story of a brave puffin fighting to save his homeland.
By Barry Wolverton
(2012)
(2012)
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Why Are the Ice Caps Melting? The Dangers of Global Warming Book Poster Image
Dreary planet outlook challenges tweens to act.
By Anne Rockwell
(2006)
(2006)
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Fuzzy Mud Book Poster Image
Gripping, taut eco-thriller a thoughtful, satisfying read.
By Louis Sachar
(2015)
(2015)
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Hoot Book Poster Image
Award-winning tale has environmental theme.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2006)
(2006)
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Scat Book Poster Image
Eco-mystery is suspenseful and funny.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2009)
(2009)
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Squirm Book Poster Image
Boy saves animals and his family in fun environmental tale.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2018)
(2018)
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Threatened Book Poster Image
Intense wilderness-survival tale warns of chimpanzee peril.
By Eliot Schrefer
(2014)
(2014)
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An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming Book Poster Image
Green teens may want fewer facts, more activism ideas.
By Al Gore
(2007)
(2007)
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Firestorm: The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 1 Book Poster Image
Violent ecological time-travel thriller for teens.
By David Klass
(2007)
(2006)
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