Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with these seven books that inspire a love for the environment and warn readers against the dangers of pollution.


All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff

Written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy

Learn about the 1987 garbage barge and a failed plan that inspired a nation to start recycling. When Lowell Harrelson decided to turn trash into methane gas, he rented a barge to collect waste from New York, and bring it to North Carolina. Except, no state would let him dock the barge! Instead, it sailed the sea for forty-five days before a solution could be found.

Reading Age: 4-8 years



Written by Carl Hiaasen 

This Newbery Honor winner follows the story of friends trying to save a colony of endangered owls that live in a site marked for construction.

Reading Age: 10-12 years


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

Written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon 

The amazing true story of one woman in Njau, Gambia, and the change she made in her community. Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle plastic bags that were killing her community into a product that could help it grow. 

Reading Age: 5-9 years


Over and Under the Pond

Written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Readers will discover a secret underwater world in this entertaining and educational book about the beauty of ecosystems. A glossary provides further information on animals that live in, near, and around mountain ponds.

Reading Age: 5-8 years


A Symphony of Whales

Written by Steve Schuch and illustrated by Peter Sylvada 

Told through the eyes of a young girl, this beautifully illustrated picturebook is based on the true story of the rescue of beluga whales by the people of the Chuchki peninsular. 

Reading Age: 4-7 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 that threatens to destroy the Earth and the young water protector who stands beside her people to stop it.

Reading Age: 3-6 years


World Without Fish

Written by Mark Kurlansky and illustrated by Frank Stockton

Readers will learn about what is happening in the world’s oceans and how they can help stop fish from disappearing. Interwoven with biology, economics, evolution, politics, climate, history, culture, nutrition, and more, readers will be astounded with the complex problem fishermen and scientists are facing. 

Reading Age: 10-18 years


As a reminder this Earth Day, please do not feed wild animals processed foods as their stomachs cannot digest them. For more information on how to take care of your backyard visitors, please check out the humane society at https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/feeding-your-backyard-birds

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