Earlier this moth I shared a few fun ideas for celebrating Earth Month with your kids. I’ve been looking at books to help reinforce important Earth Month lessons, and I thought I would gather up a few of my favorites to share with you!
Great Books To Read With Kids For Earth Month
- Hello World – Planet Earth: Here’s a book all about our amazing planet Earth for toddlers, with easy-to-understand facts about countries, continents, oceans, landforms, habitats, and Earth’s place in space.
- Anywhere Farm: You might think a farm means fields, tractors, and a barnyard full of animals. But you can plant a farm anywhere you like! A box or a bucket, a boot or a pan — almost anything can be turned into a home for green, growing things. Windows, balconies, and front steps all make wonderful spots to start. Who knows what plants you may choose to grow and who will come to see your new garden? Phyllis Root delivers a modern rhyming mantra for anyone hoping to put their green thumbs to good use.
- Saving American Beach: This heartfelt picture book biography tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an African American opera singer turned environmentalist and the legacy she preserved.
- Recycling Is Fun: In this book, children learn that sorting recycling and giving new life to old things is not only good for the environment. It is a whole lot of fun, too!
- We Are the Gardeners: Teach children that the greatest rewards come from patience, hard work, and learning from mistakes as they learn about one family’s adventures in starting a garden.
- This Is Our World: A Story About Taking Care of the Earth: kids get to go on a fun interactive journey with this book while learning to clean the air, reduce pollution, recycle, and more. Nine double-sided puzzle pieces are included so kids can create two different puzzles!
- The Berenstain Bears Go Green: The Berenstain Bears live in a wonderful place filled with green grass, blue skies, and lots of furry friends. But on a fishing trip at the creek, the Bear family discovers that the town dump is overflowing. It’s spilling garbage into the water! Can the Berenstain Bears find a pollution solution before their beloved county is filled with garbage?
- We Planted A Tree: In this poetic picture book with environmental themes, illustrated by award-winning artist Bob Staake, two young families in two very different parts of the world each plant a tree. As the trees flourish, so do the families . . . while trees all over the world help clean the air, enrich the soil, and give fruit and shade.
- Zonia’s Rain Forest: Zonia’s home is the Amazon rain forest, where it is always green and full of life. Every morning, the rain forest calls to Zonia, and every morning, she answers. She visits the sloth family, greets the giant anteater, and runs with the speedy jaguar. But one morning, the rain forest calls to her in a troubled voice. How will Zonia answer?
- The Lorax: Dr. Seuss’s beloved story teaches kids to treat the planet with kindness and stand up and speak up for others. Experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted in a story that is timely, playful, and hopeful. The book’s final pages teach us that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference.
- City Green: Right in the middle of Marcy’s city block is a vacant lot, littered and forlorn. Sometimes just looking at it makes Marcy feel sad. Then one spring, Marcy has a wonderful idea: Instead of a useless lot, why not a green and growing space for everyone to enjoy?
I hope this list inspires great afternoon story time with your kids this month.
Jessica — Mom of Sophie & Jake