Earth Day is just around the corner! It’s the perfect time to teach kids about our planet and the importance of caring for it. There are lots of Earth Day Stories for kids, I have listed out my favorite Earth Day books for kids of all ages. Introduce them to important concepts like recycling and water conservation with these fantastic books about Earth!
Earth Day Stories For Kids
Books for Toddlers
This Is Our World: A Story About Taking Care of the Earth was written by Emily Sollinger and illustrated by Jo Brown. This colorful board book introduces the youngest readers to ways they can keep the Earth clean. The book includes 9 puzzle pieces among the stories for kids, so that kids can bring the story off the page.
Don’t Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing was written by Lara Bergen and illustrated by Betsy Snyder. This lift the flap board book is an early introduction to recycling and reusing common household items. It allows kids to see that sometimes trash can actually be turned into treasures.
Big Earth, Little Me was written by Thom Wiley and illustrated by Kate Endle. Through simple text and illustrations, this book shows lots of easy ways that kids can help protect the planet.
The EARTH Book by Todd Parr teaches kids about the easy things that they can do every day to make a difference in protecting the planet. Parr’s signature bright and colorful illustration style makes it inviting for young readers.
Earth Day Every Day (Cloverleaf Books: Planet Protectors) was written by Lisa Bullard and illustrated by Xiao Xin. This story follows a little girl named Trina as she teaches kids about the things that we do that hurt the planet, and how we can change our ways to save it. The clean and colorful illustrations and adorable narrator will draw young readers in.
The Earth And I (Rise and Shine) by Frank Asch shows the beautiful relationship that we have with the Earth. The young boy in the story shows kids how we interact with the Earth and why we should do our best to protect it. The rainbow tinted illustrations and beautiful story make this a great read aloud to share with kids.
Earth Day: An Alphabet Book was written by Gary Kowalski and illustrated by Rocco Baviera. Make your way through the alphabet, celebrating all of the wonderful things that the Earth has to offer. The delicate illustrations will draw young readers in while teaching them new vocabulary words. The book will also remind readers of the need to be grateful for everything that makes up our planet.
Earth Day, Birthday! was written by Maureen Wright and illustrated by Violet Kim. All of the animals in the jungle are celebrating Earth Day, except the little monkey who keeps insisting it’s his birthday. The playful rhyming text is accompanied by cute illustrations of various animals.
Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration was written by Alyssa Capucilli and illustrated by Pat Schories. Join the adorable little puppy as he learns about the little ways that we can protect our planet and celebrate Earth Day.
It’s Earth Day! (Little Critter) was written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer. Join Little Critter as he goes on a mission to make a difference in the environment. The popular character invites his friends and family to get involved as he learns lots of lessons about recycling, water conservation and more.
Books for Older Kids
Earth Day–Hooray! (MathStart 3) was written by Stuart Murphy and illustrated by Renee Andriani. With Earth Day approaching, three kids decide to collect cans and recycle them in order to earn enough money to buy flowers for their local park. In addition to teaching kids about recycling, this book also teaches important lessons on place value.
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) was written by Alison Inches and illustrated by Pete Whitehead. This creative story follows the diary entries of a plastic bottle as it makes it’s way from manufacturing to recycling. Kids will appreciate the creative diary entries of the bottle, as well as the journey it takes to become something new.
Why Should I Recycle? (Why Should I? Books) was written by Jen Green and illustrated by Mike Gordon. Follow along with Mr. Jones and his class as they learn about recycling and even visit a recycling center. The simple story and cute illustrations make this a fun way to answer kid’s questions about recycling.
I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books) was written by Alison Inches and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli. Max is a little monster who doesn’t pay much attention to how his actions affect the environment. When a power outage leaves him without any of his usual hobbies, he decides to venture out into the world and discovers that there are simple ways that he can help the planet.This is one of my favorite stories for kids.
The Lorax (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss is a classic that shares an important message about protecting the planet and taking responsibility for your actions. The colorful illustrations and tongue twisting rhymes are all signature Dr. Seuss, and they can be enjoyed by both kids and kids at heart.
This Is Our Earth written by Laura Lee Benson and illustrated by John Carrozza. Explore the land and water features all over the planet and learn about conservation through this book full of soft illustrations and interesting facts.
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth was written by Mary McKenna Siddals and illustrated by Ashley Wolff. This rhyming alphabet book offers a recipe for creating a compost pile. The peppy text is accompanied by fun collage style illustrations which show children gathering the necessary ingredients. A great introduction to composting for kids.
Michael Recycle was written by Ellie Bethel and illustrated by Alexandra Colombo. Follow the adventures of Michael Recycle, a superhero who teaches a town to recycle and saves them from being buried in garbage. The rhyming text is accompanied by bright illustrations, and the book includes tips for kids to utilize to become environmental superheroes too!
Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day (I Can Read Level 1) was written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Glasser. Join Nancy as she learns about Earth Day and encourages her family to live a more “green” life. This easy reader includes a glossary of the fancy words that Nancy introduces, as well as rhyming reminders of how to live green.
Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids was written by Gail Gibbons. This book takes readers through the process of recycling. Through informative text and colorful illustrations, the author shows readers why it is important to recycle and even shows how certain products are recycled. The book also contains interesting facts and statistics, as well as ideas for kids to make a difference in their own lives.
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