This Earth Day, get the little ones in on the action. Grab one of these inspiring Earth Day books, settle in with your kids to read them, and watch their curiosity take flight!
Endangered Animals: A 3D Pocket Guide
By Sarah Young
Pop-up book appeal plus field guide knowledge makes this title a winner with kids and parents alike. Endangered Animals explores a variety of species from polar bears to black rhinos with cool facts and easy-to-understand narrative about how each species got to the brink of extinction.
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Little Pear Tree
By Rachel Williams; illustrated by Jenny Bowers
Mod illustrations and bright colors work in tandem to tell the story of changing seasons and the journey of a pear tree from seed to full-grown. Pop-up features will appeal to the younger set, and the story is an excellent tool for explaining the four seasons.
Peppa Pig and the Vegetable Garden
By Candlewick Press
Peppa and friends, the beloved crew from Nick Jr., plant a beautiful garden full of all sorts of healthy eats. But when it comes time to harvest the bounty, Peppa and friends aren’t so sure about eating such healthy choices. This is an ideal pick for teaching little ones that the earth provides the healthiest options on their plate.
By Kevin Sherry
A giant sea turtle searches for a home as well as some friends to turn the high seas into the friendly seas. Cheery illustrations and a tender story about friendship are a nice complement to exploring the vastness of the earth’s bodies of water.
The Old MacDonald from your childhood gets an environmentally friendly, organic update. This Old MacDonald goes from boring backyard to a bursting-at-the-seams vegetable garden with the help of a precocious Little Red Hen.
Celebrate Earth Day by taking a fact-filled, photographic tour through each of America’s state parks. Mary Kay Carson offers trivia like how many species of hummingbirds are found in Saguaro National Park (18, if you’re wondering), and logs tales of her own adventures through the National Park system as a scientist.
Candlewick Biographies Series
By Kathryn Lasky
Older readers don’t have to miss out on the Earth Day read-a-thon. Chapter book readers will enjoy one of Candlewick’s latest biographies packed with in-depth knowledge and illustrations to match. We loved John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist, as an exploration in the roots of conservation in America. Is your young reader curious about science and evolution? Be sure to check out Lasky’s take on the life of Charles Darwin with One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin.