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Books for Kids that Teach About the Environment

“Reading is fundamental” is a phrase most people are familiar with, and instilling a love of books and reading in their children is some thing that many, if not most, parents strive for. Some books carry messages even more profound, though. Stories are such a compelling way of passing on information that human cultures have stories that have survived thousands of years.

When it comes to environmentalism, stories can play an important role in teaching kids to take care of the animals, plants and other features of a healthy natural environment.

Here are five suggestions from Earth911.com that are sure to please budding environmentalists and eco-parents:

1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964) “Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.”
This book has been banned by some parents and schools but the lessons about consumption and environmentalism are there and easy for young children to grasp.

2. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1972) “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Many people have long discussed how important this book is for environmental lessons but it is important to note that this book was written in 1971 – yet the lessons all still ring true today.

3. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948) “One day, Little Sal went with her mother to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries.”
This may not seem like the logical pick based on the other books on the list but this timeless book written in 1948 has environmental lessons on every page.

4. Little Pirate: Why Do We Recycle by IKids (2009) “Ahoy, matey! Little Pirate discovers someone is littering in the ocean.”
While the title may make it seem like they hit you over the head with environmentalism, this is a great book that explains to children what the recycling process is and why we do it.

5. Emeraldlicious by Victoria Kahn (2013)
If your child is a fan of the Pinkalicious series, this book teaches a great environmental lesson in the whimsical way that only the Princess of Pink can.

Bonus book: Touch the Earth by Julian Lennon & Bart Davis (2016) “We all live on planet Earth. Gently touch the Earth.”
Songwriter, activist and Son of a Beatle Julian Lennon co-wrote this book as the first in a trilogy, designed to educate children on the fragile beauty of the planet- and what they can do to protect it.

You can read more about these books at Earth911.com here.