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Earth Day: Books About The Environment

Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22nd since 1970. Earth Day’s mission is ‘to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.’ These books about the environment have given us insight and information into how we can protect our earth for ourselves and future generations.

They’ve have also stimulated interesting discussions about how we as individuals can help protect our environment through choosing plants for our garden to recycling and using as much of our waste as we can. They can help children learn more about the impact that our actions can have on the planet as well as giving suggestions as to what we can do to protect our earth and slow the impact of climate change.


Climate Emergency Atlas
by Dan Hooke
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Climate Emergency Atlas What’s Happening – What Can We Do takes a fascinating and in depth look at our earth’s climate, what climate change is and how it’s affecting our planet. Although Thursday 22nd April is Earth Day every day should be Earth Day, our planet desperately needs our help. But this book has some great suggestions as to what we can do in our daily lives to slow the impact of climate change.


Climate Action – The Future Is In Our Hands
by Georgina Stevens & Katie Rewse

Climate Action is a fabulous, sturdy, fact filled book that helps children understand what climate change means for us all and how our actions and lifestyles can impact the natural world and the future of our planet. Conversations about the impact of climate change and how we can protect our planet are frequent in our house and this book has stimulated many interesting discussions.

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Harriet’s Hungry Worms
by Samantha Smith and Melissa Johns

Harriet’s Hungry Worms takes a humorous look at the way worms can help us recycle kitchen scraps and other household waste. This easy to read, beautifully illustrated story incorporates the days of the week as well as introducing fascinating facts about worms and their role in our ecosystem. It can encourage young readers to recycle their household waste in a fun way, something that we can all do to help reduce our household waste.


The Journey Home
by Frann Preston-Gannon

The Journey Home has been republished in a beautiful ten year anniversary edition. It takes a poignant look at the experiences and emotions of endangered animals who travel far from home when their habitats and lives are put in danger. It serves as a stark reminder of what can happen to other endangered species if we don’t take care of our planet, our animals’ habitats and, in the case of elephants, stop hunting. 

Do you have any favourite environmental books, fiction or non fiction, that you would add to our list?

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10 responses to “Earth Day: Books About The Environment”

  1. Paula @ Gracefilled Moments avatar
    Paula @ Gracefilled Moments

    What great Earth Day books. These are wonderful resources to teach little ones about the environment.
    Visiting today from MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thanks Paula and thanks for visiting 🙂

  2. Kim Carberry avatar

    What a wonderful collection of books!
    I am glad younger people are being taught about climate change and our world through these books.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that most of the younger generation are very aware of climate change and motivated to help slow the process, many of them are frustrated by our generation’s inaction.

  3. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar

    What a lovely round-up of books for Earth Day. We have and do cover this topic quite a lot in our home schooling. 😊

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that environmental studies should be a more important part of every school’s curriculum, we’re all responsible for looking after our planet 🙂

  4. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner avatar

    Nice picks, Catherine! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      Happy Earth Day for the 22nd Donna 🙂

  5. Joanne avatar

    These sound fabulous! I particularly like that the first book gives ideas on what we can do. I remember reading books about the environment and the decimation of the rainforests with my boys when they were little and they were so upset but when they asked what we could do personally I wasn’t really sure aside from what we were already doing.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s hard to know how we can help. But small actions from us all can make a difference as can being aware of how our actions contribute to environmental changes.