10 Green Kids Books for Earth Day and Every Day

10 green kids books for earth day and every day

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. 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.

The Little Recycler
The Little Gardener
The Little Composter by Jan Gerardi Board Book | Indigo Chapters
Eco People On The Go by Jan Gerardi Board Book | Indigo Chapters

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.

The Green Mother Goose Picture Books | Indigo Chapters

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.

The Earth Book

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.

Recycling Day

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.

Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening

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!

Earth Day--hooray!: Level 3: Place Value

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.

The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

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.

Where Does The Garbage Go?

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!

Don't Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing

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!

I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

What’s your favourite green kids book?

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