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The great thing about the internet and online book resalers is the wealth of fantastic books that are available to us, from such varied authors and voices. While books like The Lorax and Rainbow Fish are standard fare when discussing Earth Day books, there are also a host of books from diverse voices and about locations that our U.S. children may be unfamiliar with. We've decided to profile many of those on this year's list.
When Spring Comes to the DMZ takes children on an adventure to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, where growth and beauty are everywhere. In the book, the grandfather visits the DMZ each season and points out all of the natural wonders there. The book features a fold out page that shows the landscape of the DMZ for your children to view and explore. We think this book will inspire many opportunities for learning and discussion with your children.
For locals here in the state of Arizona, Grand Canyon by Jason Chin is a learning adventure about how the Grand Canyon was formed. The book infuses science, with adventure, and of course, discussions about protecting our natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and is a perfect addition to your reading library!
The Water Walker / Nibi Emosaawdang by Joanne Robertson is a story about a grandmother determined to protect the sacred waters of the Great Lakes. To raise awareness, she decides to walk around the lakes' perimeters. Not only is the story and its illustrations actively engaging for kids, but also teaches them about simple activism and can open the dialogue for ways in which they too can raise awareness about environmental issues
We Are the Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom is inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.
My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan Celebrate Earth Day with this valentine to our wonderful planet from the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall. Our friend Earth does so many wonderful things! She tends to animals large and small. She pours down summer rain and autumn leaves. She sprinkles whisper-white snow and protects the tiny seeds waiting for spring. Readers of all ages will pore over the pages of this spectacular book. Its enticing die-cut pages encourage exploration as its poetic text celebrates everything Earth does for us, all the while reminding us to be a good friend in return.
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest’s residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe, whisper in his ear about the importance of trees and how "all living things depend on one another" . . . and it works. Cherry’s lovingly rendered colored pencil and watercolor drawings of all the "wondrous and rare animals" evoke the lush rain forests, as well as stunning world maps bordered by tree porcupines, emerald tree boas, and dozens more fascinating creatures.
Thank You, Earth by April Pulley Sayre is a love letter to Earth is a stunning exploration of the beauty and complexity of the world around us. Remarkable photographs and a rich, layered text introduce concepts of science, nature, geography, biology, poetry, and community. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.
The Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess reminds us that while delighting in all nature offers, we need to remember to respect and treasure the world around us. This sweet rhyming story follows the change in seasons and illustrates how we can all be stewards of the Earth.
What A Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. As well as explaining where we're going wrong, What a Waste shows what we're doing right! Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful. Every small change helps our planet!
Check out this whole series from Simon & Schuster's Little Green Books which teach kids to be eco-friendly in a charming book series made from recycled materials. Their titles include books such as I Can Save the Earth!, The Adventures of the Aluminum Can, This Is Our World, and The Adventures of the Plastic Bottle
If you're looking for more Earth Day fun, check out our Earth Day Activity Guide and Coloring Book!
And, for even MORE inspiration, check out our Pinterest for tons of Earth Day inspiration, games, and projects!
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