Earth Day is a fantastic opportunity to teach young children about the importance of caring for the environment. Picture books offer a fun and engaging way to introduce kids to recycling, composting, conservation, and more.
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Earth Day Picture Books for Children
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These picture books celebrate Earth Day by teaching children about conservation. These books offer things children can do to help the environment, raising awareness and celebrating the beauty of planet earth.
This is the Planet Where I Live, written by K.L. Going and illustrated by Debra Frasier
This is the Planet Where I Live celebrates planet earth while teaching about how we are all connected: the people on this planet, the animals on the planet, and the water and plants on this planet. It’s a wonderful introduction to Earth Day for young children, who will also enjoy the cut paper illustrations.
The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel, Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Inspired by the childhood of co-author and African-born model Georgie Badiel, The Water Princess helps children understand the importance of access to clean water for everyone. It’s also empowering. Georgie Badiel created a foundation to address this issue, and she works now to help bring water to everyone.
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
In this new take on an alphabet book, Compost Stew teaches about all of the things you can put into your compost! It’s a fantastic read if you want to celebrate Earth Day by starting your own compost pile. We definitely recommend the activity, too; there’s nothing like dirt you “made” yourself for your garden.
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Peter Brown’s whimsically illustrated The Curious Garden shows how a series of small actions can transform a gray and lifeless city into a beautiful garden. This picture book is inspired by the true story of New York’s High Line gardens.
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
Todd Parr’s The Earth Book offers colorful illustrations while teaching young children about things they can do to look after our planet.
What earth day picture books would you add to this list?