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A few weeks ago, I shared a fun, kid friendly activity to help celebrate the arrival of spring; these cute and tasty Homemade Dirt Pudding Cups. That kids in the kitchen recipe was the first of a handful of blog posts I had planned to share over the next few weeks to celebrate spring and Earth Day.
Before I had my own kiddo, I spent many years working with kids and taking elementary and secondary education classes. I loved working with kids, and over the years have shared some of my favorite kid friendly activities, kids cooking tips and resources here on Kitchen Concoctions.
In fact, to this day, one of my top blog posts was this post I wrote years (years!!) ago about children’s books about food.
Since I am so passionate about kids cooking, reading and teaching, I thought for 2020 I would share a few more of our favorite kid friendly recipes and favorite children’s books covering an array of topics. So today I’m dishing up our favorite Earth Day books for kids to celebrate spring.
I love being outdoors, and have come to appreciate our precious time outdoors – to go on walks and explore our own backyard – even more over the past few weeks.
Since I have a passion for food and cooking; and since this is a food blog, many of our favorite Earth Day books for preschoolers involve food and/or gardening.
And, since I think it is important to read books about strong women making a difference in the world, I’ve included a number of Earth Day picture books highlighting strong women and girls who have had a strong influence on the world.
The other books in this collection of Earth Day books for preschoolers mostly focuses on simple tasks and approachable concepts to not only celebrate Earth Day, but try educate and inspire kids regarding ways they can enjoy the great outdoors and help keep Earth beautiful and amazing!
Where to get Earth Day books for kids:
Libro.fm – Libro.fm is a website you can use to purchase audiobooks that the sale then supports your local independent book store.
Overdrive, Libby or RBdigital Apps – Many of these books are also available at most libraries, as a physical copy or via the Overdrive, Libby or RBdigital apps as an ebook and/or audiobook (you do need a current library card to access these apps).
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited – A new to me Amazon service, Amazon FreeTime provides unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, games and premium kid’s skills. Currently you can get a 3-month subscription for 99 cents.
Scribd – Or you can sign up for a free one-month subscription to Scribd, a subscription service that gives you access to ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and more!
Scholastic – Scholastic is also offering free online lessons right now, which include online books and other resources regarding a range of topics, but there are several that would work for spring/Earth Day.
I would love to know what spring and/or Earth Day children’s books are your family’s favorite? Please leave a comment below and stay tuned because I will be sharing a roundup of our favorite kid friendly Earth Day activities soon!
Earth Day Books for Preschoolers:
Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown – The Arthur series by Marc Brown is a childhood classic! In Arthur Turns Green, Arthur is working on a school project to help make the planet a better place in which literally starts turning Arthur green!
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss – Another classic children’s book, featuring classic Dr. Seuss illustrations and storytelling, that shares an important message about the dangers of pollution, cutting down trees and the complete disregard of our beautiful planet. This is a longer book, so I recommend it for older children.
Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg’s stand to save the world by Zoë Tucker – Inspired by the real story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg, this book follows a little girl named Greta who is trying to save the animals whose homes are being destroyed by deforestation. This book shares real life tips on how we can help Greta with her fight and is printed sustainably in the US on 100% recycled paper.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins – This book shares the inspiring true story of nature enthusiast and activist, Katherine Olivia Sessions. Not only is Kate the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she started a movement to transform the dry, desert city of San Diego into the beautiful garden-filled oasis we know today.
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola – This book shares the remarkable true story of Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement. Like Kate Sessions of The Tree Lady, Wangari Maathai started a movement to plant not only trees, but hope in the deserts Kenya.
Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli – This is a cute little book from the Miss Fox’s Class series. In it, Miss Fox inspires her students to make little every day changes to go green and help make the earth healthy.
Save the Ocean by Bethany Stahl – This award-winning book is part of the Save the Earth Series (also featuring Save the Arctic and Save the Bees) and teaches the importance of recycling and plastic pollution through the adventure of a mermaid and sea turtle.
Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed their World by Allan Drummond – I learned so much from this book! Energy Island shares the true-life story of the Danish island of Samsø and how in just ten years they reduced their carbon emissions by 140% and became almost energy independent. Not only does this book explain the science behind how they harnessed the wind to produce energy, but how one person’s idea and perseverance can make a big difference!
Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day by Jane O’Connor – If you are new to the Fancy Nancy series, it is about a little girl who loves all things fancy. Throughout each book, Nancy uses some advanced vocabulary words and then explains what the “fancy” word means. In this particular book, Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day, Nancy is learning about ways she can celebrate Earth Day every day and is making sure her family is doing their part.
City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan – This is a sweet book about a little girl who inspires her neighbors to transform and abandoned city lot into a beautiful, thriving community garden.
We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines – This beautifully illustrated children’s book, chronicles the adventures TV personally Joanna Gaines and her family go through as they plant a backyard garden. The sweet story shares triumphs, heartache (as their garden gets eaten by rabbits, infested by bugs, etc.) and lessons in hard work to reach a family goal.
Earth Day Books for Kids:
The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner – Since honey bees are endangered and a vital part of our eco-system, particularly our farming, for years I’ve been passionate about protecting our honey bees. So, I knew I wanted to include a book about bees in my roundup of best children’s books for spring. Out of all the children’s books about bees I read, The Bee Book was the absolute best book! It was the most detailed (and maybe best for kids kindergarten and older), covering different types of bees, how they help the eco-system, why they are endangered, how we can help bees, etc. The book includes graphics, charts and illustrations to educate young readers.
Earth Day–Hooray! By Stuart J. Murphy – This book is a fun way to not only teach about recycling, but math too!
The EARTH Book by Todd Parr – This book uses simple illustrations and narrative to educate young readers about ways we can all work together to make the earth feel good. The book itself is printed using recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks and includes a removable “go green” poster.
Children’s Books About Spring:
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals – I mentioned Compost Stew in my post featuring Oreo Dirt Pudding Cups, since hello, you could totally call them edible compost cups! 😊 With that said, we LOVE this book! It rhymes, has fun illustrations and is an easy and approachable way for kids to learn about composting (which, where I live is very common).
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin – This is a fun and silly book about the daily life of a worm and how worms help the Earth. I also recommended reading this book when making my Homemade Dirt Pudding Cup recipe because what kid wouldn’t love reading about worms and eating a few too! (Wink. Wink.)
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown – The Curious Garden is about a little boy who discovers a small garden in a dull, industrialized city. He carefully tends to the garden and watches as it spreads across the city, transforming the city it to the beautiful place it once was. Not only is this a sweet story, it is beautifully illustrated.
Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story by Suzanne Slade – A 2018 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, Out of School and Into Nature tells the story of Anna Comstock, a nature expert and artist. Because of Anna’s interests, extensive knowledge and passion for nature, she pioneered a movement to encourage schools to conduct science classes for children outdoors. Her work has inspired many female scientists of today and made it possible for them to peruse careers in science.
Emeraldalicious by Victoria Kann – This is my favorite book in the super popular Pinkalicious series! When Pinkalicious and her brother Peter discover their favorite park is covered in trash they use rhyming, imagination and a little magic to clean the park up.
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan – This charming and funny book is about a young child’s unwanted birthday gift from her grandmother, a lemon tree. However, the young girl soon learns some valuable lessons, grows closer to her grandmother and realizes that a lemon tree just might be the best gift ever!