Celebrate Earth Day Today With These 10 Books!

Celebrate Earth Day Today With These 10 Books!


Milk and Juice: A Recycling Romance

When Milk and Juice first find one another, it is love at first sight, but that love is tested as Juice is sent to be recycled. Over and over, Milk and Juice look for one another as they are continuously turned into new containers until they find one another in the most unexpected of places.

Written and illustrated by Meredith Crandall Brown 

Reading Age: 4-8 years


Zonia’s Rain Forest

Written and illustrated by Jauna Martinez-Neal 

A little girl moves through her home in the Amazon rainforest, greeting the animals as she travels, until she is stopped by an unexpected clearing caused by deforestation.

Reading Age: 4-8 years


We Are Water Protectors 

Written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade

Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal, this beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of a black snake threatening to destroy the Earth and the young water protector who stands beside her people to stop it.

Reading Age: 3-6 years


Miss Rumphius

Written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney

Telling the tale of Miss Rumphius, this book follows her through her childhood, and her journey to make the world more beautiful. Along the coast of Maine, her legacy can still be found in the beautiful lupine flowers that bloom where she once walked.

Reading Age: 3-8 years


One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

Written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon 

When empty plastic bags begin to overfill Isatou Ceesay’s home of Njau, Gambia, she takes a stand by creating something beautiful out of the discarded garbage.

Reading Age: 5-9 years


The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever

Written by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry 

Learn about the true story of a young woman who changes her dry, barren town of San Diego by creating a movement to plant trees, and ended up turning her new home into a green-filled town.

Reading Age: 4-8 years


Outside In

Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Cindy Derby 

Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Honor, explore the ways that the outside comes inside and impacts our lives in this vibrant and beautiful picture book.

Reading Age: 4-8 years


The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest

Written and illustrated by Lynne Cherry 

Exhausted from his efforts to cut down a massive kapok tree, a man takes his rest, and while he sleeps the animals of the forest whisper to him about the importance of trees, and nature.

Reading Age: 4-8 years


Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

Written by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Read about Wangari Muta Maathai who was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement in 1977. The Green Belt Movement sought to combat deforestation, soil erosion, and environmental degradation. More than 30 million trees have been planted in Kenya due to Mama Miti’s efforts and the organization she created. 

Reading Age: 4-8 years


The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng

Written by Sophia Gholz and illustrated by Kayla Harren

Learn about the inspiring story of Jadav Payeng who witnessed the destruction caused by deforestation and decided to take a stand against the damage before it ruined his island home.

Reading Age: 5-8 years

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