10 Must-Read Earth Day Books for Kids


Introducing an engaging and educational Earth Day booklist for kids spanning from babies to preteens! This carefully curated collection celebrates our planet’s beauty, biodiversity, and the importance of environmental stewardship in age-appropriate ways. From colorful board books introducing concepts of recycling and nature to captivating stories of young eco-heroes taking action to protect the Earth, this list offers something for every young reader. Dive into tales of exploration, conservation, and environmental awareness that inspire children to appreciate and care for the world around them. Whether they’re just beginning their journey or are already passionate about environmental issues, these books ignite curiosity, spark conversation, and encourage a lifelong love for our planet.

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

Mary McKenna Siddals

Teach kids to compost and help them develop life-long habits to protect the Earth. From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile in this fun picture book perfect for Earth Day!

The Life of a Little Cardboard Box


Have you ever wondered what happens to a cardboard box when you no longer need it? What can a cardboard box turn into? This endearing story follows the cardboard box’s path as it embarks on an adventure of transformation, and with adorable illustrations and gentle rhyming text, kids get an excellent early introduction to the concepts of reusing, recycling, and environmental awareness.

Kids vs. Plastic

Julie Beer

Jam-packed with surprising information about plastic’s effect on the environment, plus loads of practical ways kids can cut down on their plastic footprint, this is the kids guide to being part of the pollution solution!

Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day

Jane O’Connor

Learning to respect the environment is no small task, especially if you want to celebrate Earth Day every day of the week! Luckily, Nancy is on hand to make sure Mom, Dad, and her little sister do their part in being green—even if she has to keep reminding them.

Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration

Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Join the sweet little yellow puppy as he helps the little girl take care of our green world. From planting seeds to cleaning up, Biscuit’s celebration is an exciting adventure for Earth Day and for every day.

Earth Ninja

Mary Nhin

Earth Ninja shows us how one little ninja can make a difference in the world by practicing three simple life habits. Find out what happens in this fun book about the impact we each have on the earth.

Happy Earth Day

Deborah Hopkinson

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year, but this Little Golden Book about the history and importance of Earth Day will inspire children to appreciate our planet each and every day! Includes directions for family-friendly projects, such as composting, growing baby carrots on a windowsill, making a bug hotel, and more.

What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet

Jess French

In this informative book on recycling for children, you will find everything you need to know about our environment. The good, the bad and the incredibly innovative. From pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.

Our Planet! There’s No Place Like Earth

Stacy McAnulty

Meet Earth. Planet Awesome! And your awesome home! Actually, Earth is home to all the plants and all the animals in the solar system, including nearly eight billion people. Humans have accidentally moved Earth’s climate change into the fast lane, and she need your help to put on the brakes. Earthlings need Earth, and Earth needs Earthlings, so let’s save Earth together!

The Life of a Little Plastic Bottle


Have you ever wondered what becomes of a plastic bottle when it’s no longer needed? Delve into the enchanting world of recycling with this charming story that takes young readers on an enthralling journey. As the little plastic bottle embarks on an adventure of its own, children are introduced to the intricate web of reusing and recycling, fostering an early understanding of sustainability.

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