Earth Day should be every day. Here are my 8 favorite kids books about Earth Day, Recycling, and Healthy Eating. Kids take care of what they care about!
If you ask me, it should be Earth Day every day — not just one day a year.
I think it’s so important to teach children about healthy eating, sustainable living, and the importance of being good to the earth from a young age.
One year we’ve picked up trash from the side of the road in our neighborhood in honor of Earth Day.
We collected five bags of trash in just half an hour! I can’t imagine just chucking something out of my car window… and my son won’t either.
I’ve also taken my son to several Earth day festivals over the years.
How often do you talk to your children about our impact on the earth, about recycling, using less water, or gardening? Reading these books will make it easy. Books about healthy eating can be used as a jumping-off point to have discussions about organic farming or GMO-food, for example.
I can’t think of many other conversations that are as important as talking about green living – 0ur children will be the next generation that has to deal with the already existing environmental issues, like air pollution and global warming.
If you don’t have time for a street cleanup, there are some great books out there that teach kids about Earth Day, recycling, reusing, gardening, and healthy eating to spark conversations about those important subjects.
8 Kids Books About Earth Day
We all want to teach our children to want to be good stewards of our environment.
When kids care about something, they want to take care of it
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by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (age range: 1 and up)*
Poor little pea, he doesn’t like to eat candy every day! But he has to eat all the candy to get spinach for dessert. My son and I got a big kick out of reading this sweet picture book with a twist, and you will, too.
by Susan Chandler (age range: 2-10 years)
When my son and I found this picture book, we read it in the store and ended up on the floor because we were laughing so hard. Not only is this book super funny – about a little girl whose arms and legs and other parts are falling off because she hasn’t eaten enough vegetables – it encourages a conversation about how important it is to eat healthy.
by Mercer Mayer (age range: 3-11 years)
This is my favorite book for teaching little kids that littering is never acceptable and that we need to take care of the earth. It also explains different ways of how we can recycle.
by Nuria Roca (age range: 3 – 6 years)
This is a wonderful book that teaches kids about why it is important to recycle, and to reuse and reduce as much as possible.
by Stuart J. Murphy (age range: 6 – 10 years)
This book doesn’t just teach about Earth Day and recycling cans – it also teaches maths skills!
by Lisa Bullard (age range: 4 and up)
Little Trina plants a tree and forms an Earth Day club with her friends. What could your child do to help the Earth?
There is a worm-composting activity described at the end of the book. This book is part of the Cloverleaf Books Planet Protectors series.
by Marybeth Lorbiecki (age range: 9 and up)
This book lets kids know that they have power to affect change. It covers many current issues – like climate change; deforestation; shrinking habitat; species extinction; overpopulation; and water, air, noise, and light pollution.
I promise you’ll love any of these kids books about Earth day issues!
Use Earth Day as a reminder to have those important conversations about being green, recycling and reusing, and enjoy these fun books with your kids.
And maybe reading one or two of these books or doing some eco-friendly crafts will inspire you to go to a fun Earth Day event with the kids.