These picture books are great resources for kids and families who want to know more about environmental issues. Many of the books listed here are appropriate for a wide age range. The non-fiction, in particular, is clear enough to be read aloud to preschoolers but complex enough to hold the interest of much older kids.

Happy reading!

Note: We highly recommend checking these out from your local library. Sharing resources is a great way to reduce greenhouse gases, supports your local institutions, and teaches children the value of the local library. If you’re interested in buying a book, you can find your local independent bookseller here: https://www.indiebound.org/ . And it would be great if you’d kick us a buck for helping!  🙂

Non-fiction About People Who Have Made a Difference :

  • The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadev Payeng by Sophia Gholz
  • One Plastic Bag: Isatau Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul
  • I Am Farmer: Building an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul
  • Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
  • Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
  • Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf by Olivia Bouler
  • Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor
  • The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner

Informational Nonfiction :

  • Climate Change by John Woodward
  • What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet by Jess French
  • If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
  • If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams

Stories With Environmental Themes :

  • Life by Cynthia Rylant
  • Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano
  • Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
  • Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker
  • Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau

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