10 Environmental Children’s Books for Earth Day


Earth Day approaches April 22, the 52nd anniversary of the beginning of the modern environmental movement. The theme for this year’s celebration is Investing in Our Planet, encouraging everyone – businesses, governments and citizens – to take action, innovate and implement meaningful change before it’s too late.

To this end, it is never too early to start talking to children about our planet and our environment and how to take care of the earth. One of the easiest and most effective ways? Picture books that introduce them to the importance of plants and flowers, trees, clean water and recycling. Even better, after reading some of these books, you can even make it a day and link an Earth Day activity related to one of the books you’ve read that will help keep the planet healthy!

We’ve put together a short list of some of our favorite environmental books to read for Earth Day.


Todd Parr is known for his colorful and fun children’s books, and this one is no different. This book shows why it is important to take care of our earth and how we can do it in a way that even young children can understand and be part of. It’s a fun addition to any collection and great to read all year round.

This little environmentalist


Highlighting ten memorable environmentalists who paved the way, this colorful hardback book is perfect for your budding earth lover. It’s packed with fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations to inspire the next generation of activists.

Bee - A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup


This fun and interactive picture book shows children how bees contribute to the ecosystem and why it is important for them to survive. With bright colors and fun cutouts, it’s a great way to show kids that bees are our friends.

One Earth by Eileen Spinelli and Rogerio Coelho


Through sweet, sweet verses, One Earth shines a light on the beauty of our one and only planet and teaches children that every person on it can make a difference. It’s a celebration and a challenge that encourages children of all ages to help protect the world around us.

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade


This beautiful book won the 2021 Caldecott Medal and is a must-have in any picture book collection. Inspired by Indigenous-led movements, the book shows the importance of protecting our water supply. The prose is lyrical and the illustrations are vibrant, making this a book adults will love as much as kids.

Our House is on Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet by Jeanette Winter


Greta Thunberg is one of the world’s leading activists on the climate crisis, and this picture book is a great way to introduce your kids to her and the issues she talks about. He tells how she became interested in the climate crisis, what she did to fight for the planet and how even the youngest can make a difference in the world.

The Boy Who Grown a Forest - The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz and Kayla Harren


That said, Greta isn’t the only one moving mountains. As a child, Jadav Payeng was troubled by the destruction that deforestation and erosion was causing on his home island in the Brahmaputra River in India. So he started planting. What started as a grove of bamboo has grown into a 1,300 acre forest over the decades. A clear example of how one person can make all the difference.

My Friend the Earth by Patricia MacLachlan and Francesca Sanna


This love letter to the planet tells the story of all the Earth does for us: bringing us summer rain, whispering snow and protecting seeds for spring. The die-cut pages allow children to explore and the book is a great starting point for discussions about life sciences and protecting the Earth.

The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken


This poetic book with warm and gentle illustrations shows how strong and connected humans are to each other, just like trees. Young children will love the inviting images and story while older children and adults will appreciate the layers of meaning in the text. Good for all ages, this is a beautiful book about nature and humanity, and about connecting to the natural world.

Zonia Rainforest by Juana Martinez-Neal


Every morning, the Peruvian rainforest calls Zonia. Filled with lush greenery and an amazing variety of animals, it has a strong connection to the place it calls home. Until the day when the tropical forest calls him in a troubled voice. How will she respond? Filled with dreamy illustrations created on paper made from banana tree bark, it also includes an Asháninka translation of the story, information about the Asháninka community, and about the Amazon rainforest and its wildlife.

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