Since my daughter was born, I have been on the lookout for books that encourage green living at a young age. I want her to grow up with a sense of responsibility for the environment as much as possible. Why not go outside, curl up on one of these great garden benches and read one of these books with your child? Here’s a round up of green kids books that I love or that are on my list to get – to celebrate Earth Day and to instill a green mindset every day!
1. Teenie Greenies series
These lift the flap books with simple rhyming text are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. I love that they are printed on recycled paper with vegetable inks too! We have The Little Recycler and my daughter still loves it at 4 and a half.
2. The Green Mother Goose
I actually bought this book when we were in Australia because I saw it at the Queensland Art Gallery shop and could not get over how cool it was! The traditional rhymes have all been re-written with a green living theme, and though my young daughter probably doesn’t understand all of the vocabulary yet, she still enjoys the poetry and asks questions about the messages.
3. The EARTH Book by Todd Parr
I got this book specifically for Earth Day this year to read with my daughter. I love the simple language that describes different ways to be green, as well as the reasons for doing it. I think it’s a great way to introduce a sense of responsibility for taking care of the earth to young children.
4. Recycling Day by Edward Miller
This book is geared towards older kids, I would say Kindergarten and up, with more prose than a typical picture book. It has a really neat storyline, and for older kids, it has little fact boxes throughout that provide information on garbage and waste and their impact on the environment. I think this will be a good book that my daughter will grow with as she gets older and begins to have a better understanding of these concepts.
5. Green Thumbs: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening by Laurie Carlson
This book is next on my list to get as gardening season gets underway! I’m excited about doing more gardening with my daughter this year, and this book promises to make use of household items (I love repurposing!). The book’s description says it’s geared for 5-8 year olds.
6. Earth Day–Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy
This is another one on my list, as it has a storyline of kids collecting cans to raise money for planting flowers in a park. It talks about math concepts along with a message that kids can work together to do great things, and reviews from Kindergarten teachers are very positive!
7. The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle by Nuria Roca
Another book for younger children (ages 3-5) that got good reviews for introducing concepts and providing a springboard for talking about these issues with preschoolers and kindergarteners.
8. Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers
This book is aimed at ages 4-8 and outlines exactly what happens when things are thrown into the garbage and recycling. It got good reviews from teachers and parents for explaining to young children what happens to the garbage we throw away.
9. Don’t Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing by Lara Bergen
This book is made from 100% recycled materials, and looks like a great book to read with toddlers and preschoolers. I like that the emphasis is on reusing and repurposing, because those are very important R’s in my book!
10. I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books) by Alison Inches
Geared for ages 3-6, this book got great reviews for teaching young children about these concepts as they follow a little green monster who learns about how to be greener. This book is part of a series, and is printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled FSC-certified paper with soy-ink. Another one on my wishlist!
What’s your favourite green kids book?
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