Books for Earth Day

Feel free to request one of our titles and arrange contact free pick up. Need a library card? Fill out our online form or contact us at [email protected] Our list includes picture books, non-fiction fiction titles and biographies.

Picture Books

Wonder walkers by Micha Archer

Two curious children go for a walk, asking imaginative questions about the natural beauty that surrounds them. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Junkyard by Mike Austin

Munching Machines enter a huge junkyard and consume all of the waste, then smooth the ground, plant trees and flowers, create a lake and playground, and much more. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

The curious garden by Peter Brown

Liam discovers a hidden garden and through his care, he spreads color throughout the gray city. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Call me tree by Maya Christina Gonzalez

A bilingual poetic tale that follows one child/tree from the depths of Mami/Earth to the heights of the sky, telling a story about being free to grow and be who we are meant to be and honoring our relationship with the natural world. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Here we are : notes for living on planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

In this salutation from Earth, the chronicler gives a tour of the planet and introduces those who call it home. Request this title. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Blue floats away by Travis Jonker

Little Blue is very close to his iceberg parents so when he suddenly breaks away from them, he promises to return and, after traveling far and undergoing big changes, he may succeed. Request this title. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

We are water protectors by Carole Lindstrom

Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all… When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

The tree in me by Corinna Luyken

Through text and illustrations of children reveling in nature, explores the various ways we as human beings are strong, creative, and connected to others. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Zonia’s rain forest by Juana Martinez-Neal

Enjoying days spent with animal friends near her home in the Amazon, young Zonia wonders what to do on a day when the rainforest calls out to her for help, in a lushly illustrated story that is complemented by back matter about the Asháninka community. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

We planted a tree by Diane Muldrow

Simple text reveals the benefits of planting a single tree, both to those who see it grow and to the world as a whole. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 5 and up.

Every color of light by Hiroshi Osada

Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text depict nature darkened by a brief rainstorm then, at sunset, colors brighten, rain drips like crystals, and the bright white moon shines as we fall asleep. Request this title. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Compost stew : an A to Z recipe for the earth by Mary McKenna Siddals

A rhyming recipe explains how to make the dark, crumbly, rich, earth-friendly food called compost. Request this title. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Penguins don’t wear sweaters! by Marikka Tamura

When an oil spill prevents penguins from doing the things they love to do, Big Boots come and dress them in sweaters until they–and the water–can be cleaned. Includes facts about penguins and why dressing them in sweaters is not always a good idea. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Watercress by Andrea Wang

Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents. Request this title. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Non-Fiction & Biographies

Don’t let them disappear : 12 endangered species across the globe by Chelsea Clinton

Profiles twelve endangered species around the world, including giraffes, gorillas, giant pandas, and polar bears, and describes why it is important to save each animal from extinction. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Ada’s violin : the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood

The extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

The last straw : kids vs. plastics by Susan Hood

There’s no doubt about it-plastic is in almost everything. From our phones and computers to our toys and utensils, plastic is everywhere. But the amount of plastic we throw away is hurting the health of our planet. With The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics, readers will be fascinated as they learn about the growing plastic problem and meet just a few of the young activists who are standing up and speaking out for change. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

The wisdom of trees : how trees work together to form a natural kingdom by Lita Judge

A lyrical and informational nonfiction picture book that tells the story of trees and the hidden ecosystems they create. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 5 and up.

Saving American Beach : the biography of African American environmentalist MaVynee Betsch by Heidi Tyline King

A biography of MaVynee Betsch, an African American opera singer turned environmentalist who worked to preserve American Beach, Florida as a historical landmark. Request this title. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

The bee book by Charlotte Milner

Introduces the honeybee and its social and industrious nature, emphasizes its importance in the environment, and describes what people can do to protect its habitat. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 5 and up.

One plastic bag : Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul

The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 5 and up.

Wangari Maathai : the woman who planted millions of trees by Franck Prévot

Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. Her organization planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.

Butterfly for a king : saving Hawaiʻi’s Kamehameha butterflies by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

A combined history of the Hawaiian islands and the native Kamehameha butterfly up to and including current-day efforts of Hawaiʻi’s Pulelehua Project, a group of professional and citizen scientists working to restore the butterfly’s declining habitats and population. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.

What happens to our trash? by D.J. Ward

People in the United States make more trash per person every day than people in any other country. What do we throw away, and where does it go? How can we reduce, reuse, and recycle? Request this book. Recommended for children ages 7 and up.

Lily Williams in the award-winning If Animals Disappeared Series:

Recommended for children ages 6 and up.

Wangari’s trees of peace : a true story from Africa by Jeanette Winter

This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change. Request this book. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.


Note: Summaries are taken from our online catalog & recommended ages are from publisher guidelines and sources from Publisher Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.