Below is a list of 41 book titles for kids that are great for Earth Day! The list includes books suitable for a variety of ages and grade levels. It also includes numerous topics related to Earth Day, such as the basic introduction to Earth Day, how to help save the Earth, kids who are leading the charge to protect it, and even books about natural resources and animals!
1. Thank You, Earth by April Pulley Sayre
Written as a love letter to the earth, this book is meant for younger audiences. It is a beautiful book with real photographs that represent animals, landscapes, and waterways that we all appreciate in nature.
2. My Friend, Earth by Patricia MacLachlan
A wonderful read aloud book for ages 3-5. It discusses all the wonders that Earth gives us - from the beautiful rain to the flowers that bloom in spring. Colorfully illustrated and engaging with peek-a-boo pages.
3. Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
With bright and bold illustrations, this is a sure gem for any kid wanting to learn more about Earth. Gives a beautiful message that we are not alone in this world and all of the wonders we should appreciate.
4. What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet by Jess French
This book teaches kids about the impact of small steps we can help to reduce waste. It includes illustrations that help ids to better understand how they can help save the Earth.
5. Trees Maker Perfect Pets by Paul Czapak
Abigail takes on a pet tree, fido, and learns about how amazing trees are! A heartwarming story that teaches children about the importance of trees.
6. We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer
A wonderful book for older students who want to learn about the consequences of human impact on the world. The chapter book discusses the science of the environmental impact and how it has affected the earth's weather.
7. What Does It Mean to Be Green by Rana DiOrio
A lovely picture book that explains simple ways children can reduce their environmental impact. It's a colorful book and includes a diverse group of kids showing the way that they are "being green".
8. 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh
A nice book to get young conservationists started! A simple book with a list of ten easy ways that young kids can help better the environment.
9. We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Beautifully drawn illustrations that represent indigenous people and are written in poetic form. This affectionate story tells about the Earth's water and the importance of water and that we need to protect it from harm.
10. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
A typical Seuss book, lyrically written and vibrantly colorful! It is an inspiring story of the Truffula Trees and helps children understand the importance of trees and conservation. A true classic for any classroom or home library.
11. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
A New York Times bestseller and true story, written by a famous teenager who advocates for change with the climate crisis. A chapter book, perfect for teens who want to learn more about climate change.
12. Whale Quest by Karen Romano Young
A wonderful read for kids who want to learn more about whales and saving endangered species. The chapter book includes real photography of whales and discusses how humans have impacted the climate and environment.
13. The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky
A well-organized and thought-out book for kids who want to learn more about all of the different ecosystems of amazing planet earth.
14. Every Day Is Earth Day by Harriet Dyer
Do you have a child that wants to learn more about how to lower their carbon footprint? Then this book for them - it gives kids simple ways that they lessen their environmental impact and creates a more sustainable planet.
15. Generation Green by Linda Sivertsen
Meant for older kids, this is another book or “how-to” guide on living a planet-friendly lifestyle. It calls the era of kids “generation green” and not only gives tips and tools for helping Earth but other ideas for making an impact like speaking out.
16. This Class Can Save the Planet by Stacy Tornio
A lovely book for kids or classes that want to learn more about how they can work together to help the Earth. A nice book for Earth Day that will teach young people good habits!
17. The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
While this beautiful picture book is a mythlike story, it teaches students the importance of the giant Kapok tree - ancient trees of Brazil.
18. Recycle and Remake by DK
A fun book that is hand on gives kids ways to help in saving the Earth. It will teach youngsters how to reuse items by upcycling them and gives ideas for projects!
19. The Extraordinary Book That Eats Itself by Hayes
This is one of the coolest books for any kid! It is no ordinary book that is to JUST be read…but it is also meant to be reused!
20. Don't Throw That Away! by Lara Berge
A gentle picture book perfect for little eco-warriors! It teaches kids to reuse everyday items and is a perfect book to read on Earth Day!
21. The Little Fox and The Wonderful Journey by Denise Turu
22. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
An adorable board book that is interactive and great for engaging early readers! Allows kids to interact with trees in the book as they change season. A nice book to develop the sense of importance and beauty of trees early on.
23. Our Environment by Little Hippo Books
This book not only engages kids in learning about our beautiful planet but is also a sensory tool! Includes bright colors and textures, as well simple rhyming that teaches little ones about different animals and environments. Perfect for preschool children!
24. My Little Ocean by Katrin Wiehle
Teach young children about the importance of the ocean with this board book. Simple writing and the cutest illustrations are perfect for beginners.
25. The Overstory by Richard Powers
If you are looking for a thought-provoking book to read on Earth Day, this piece of fiction is it! It is a great eye-opening story about human effects on the planet and climate change.
26. Girl Warriors by Rachel Sarah
Earth Day is a great time to learn about how you can speak out and protect it! This book is a great read to learn about young people (specifically girls) and what they are doing to help save the planet!
27. Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
A story of water and beautifully illustrated picture book that leads to a discussion about our appreciation for nature. Is it a great book to pair alongside a book about conservation and the importance of keeping nature intact so we may continue to enjoy it?
28. Animal Atlas by Anne Rooney
A reference book that is interactive and a wonderful book for earth for kids to learn more about the variety of different environments around the world and the animals in them. What better way to get kids invested in helping the planet than learning about animals!
29. Water Sources! by Baby iQ Builder Books
Water Sources! by Baby iQ Builder Books - An introduction to the importance of water and water pollution. It teaches how all water interconnects and that we need to stop pollution before it is too late!
30. Save the Arctic by Bethany Stahl
Save the Arctic by Bethany Stahl - A picture book for younger kids from the “Save the Earth” series, a lovely illustrated text that teaches kids about saving the environment. Follow, Nanu, the adorable polar bear as he searches for food on the melting ice.
31. Save the Bees by Bethany Stahl
Save the Bees by Bethany Stahl - Another adorable book from the “Save the Earth” series. This book discusses the vital role of bees. Follow two inquisitive and wonderful children as they learn more about how important pollinators are to humans and the Earth!
32. The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches
A kid-friendly way for youngsters to learn about plastics. Follow along with a talking plastic bottle as he teaches about the resources used to make plastic and how it can be recycled.
33. One Earth by Eileen Spinelli
A conservation-themed book, it includes beautiful illustrations, while teaching kids about the beauties of nature and the importance of being eco-friendly. Read along as you follow a bunch of children as they appreciate the beauty and splendor of our planet.
34. I Can Save the Earth! by Alison Inches
A fun read for beginner readers to explore the three Rs! Kids follow Max, the very wasteful monster, on his way to becoming more eco-friendly.
35. Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
A simple way to help the Earth - compost! This adorably illustrated picture book teaches kids how composting can help the Earth.
36. Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Kids love a Biscuit book! Follow our furry friend on celebrating Earth Day! A nice read for kids' first introduction to the basics of Earth Day.
37. What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
This book gives an important message that we all have a role in keeping the earth clean. The question is first posed relating to if everyone littered…it would be a mess! BUT what if everyone cleaned up the Earth instead?
38. Can I Recycle This? by Jennie Romer
A book for older students about recycling. This colorful and easy-to-read book, guides students on the “hows tos” of recycling.
39. An Earth-Bot’s Solution to Plastic Pollution by Russell Ayto
Follow a young boy, Neo, as he goes on an adventure to help some aquatic friends! The book teaches kids about the harm single-use plastics are doing to your oceans and what we need to do to help.
40. The Earth We Love by AEKIII
A great Earth Day book for kids and adults alike! Written in lyrical rhyming and accompanied with brightly colored illustrations. Makes for a great read-aloud to teach about the beauty of our home, Earth.
41. This Little Environmentalist by Joan Holub
For early readers, this board book teaches about the people who fight to protect our planet! Colorful and fun, it is a sure win to read with any little one this Earth Day!