Environmental Books For Children 

By Danna Beltran

Children’s books are one of the most important tools and the biggest source for children to learn things about the world around them. They help children shape their perception of the world, and to help do just that, here is a list of five books directed towards helping kids shape their minds. This list includes books from authors of different cultures, that also feature protagonists of various backgrounds:


  1. Where is Rodney? by Carmen Bogan






Rodney is an elementary school student, who loves to spend time at his local park, showing his true love for the great outdoors. When he gets the news that he is going to a “real” park, you can imagine how beyond excited he gets.


 2.  Care for Our World by Karen S. Robbins










As children turn the pages of this book, they’ll be introduced to a dozen different animals from all seven continents. This book does a great job at teaching kids to respect and care for not only animals, but also people and plants from around the world to ensure we have a healthy planet. 


 3. Kenya’s Art by Linda Trice









Kenya’s late visit to a museum’s recycling exhibit inspired her and her family to upcycle her old, broken toys and other items to make pieces of art.


 4. One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul











This is an inspirational true story of Isatou Ceesay, that shows how her actions really made a difference in our world. This story describes how she began a movement to recycle plastic bags that were polluting her community. This book can really help inspire kids to use plastic bags more mindfully, while teaching them about an amazing role model.


 5. My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan






Our friend, Earth, tends to animals large and small. She pours down summer rain and autumn leaves. This book's poetic style writing celebrates every amazing, big or small thing, Earth does and reminds us to be a good friend in return.


All these books do a great job at expanding the minds of the little ones highlighting the importance of taking care of our environment. Learning to explore and love all the wonderful things it has to offer. 



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