Earth Month Reads for Children

Apr 13, 2021

April is Earth Month! Check out these books to learn more about the Earth and how to protect it.

Board Books

Rocks (2020) by Emmy Kastner
What Do You See? : A Lift-the-Flap Book About Endangered Animals (2009) by Stephen Krensky ; illustrated by Amy Schimler
Little Muir’s Song (2019) by John Muir ; pictures by Susie Ghahremani
Baby Loves Green Energy! (2018) by Ruth Spiro ; illustrated by Irene Chan ; also available on hoopla

Picture Books

The Curious Garden (2009) by Peter Brown ; also available on hoopla
Rocket Says Clean Up! (2020) by Nathan Bryon ; illustrated by Dapo Adeola
The Cloud Spinner (2012) by Michael Catchpool ; illustrated by Alison Jay
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (1990) by Lynne Cherry
We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers (2009) characters created by Lauren Child ; text based on the script written by Bridget Hurst ; illustrations from the TV animation produced by Tiger Aspect

Dear Earth … From Your Friends in Room 5 (2020) by Erin Dealey ; illustrated by Luisa Uribe
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (2017) by Oliver Jeffers
Stand up! Speak up! : A Story Inspired by the Climate Change Revolution (2020) by Andrew Joyner
Fish (2020) by Brendan Kearney
We are Water Protectors (2020) by Carole Lindstrom ; illustrated by Michaela Goade ; also available on OMNI

My Friend Earth (2020) by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Francesca Sanna
Zonia’s Rain Forest (2021) by Juana Martinez-Neal
We Planted a Tree (2010) by Diane Muldrow ; illustrated by Bob Staake
All the World (2009) by Liz Garton Scanlon ; illustrated by Marla Frazee ; also available on hoopla
The Lorax (1971) by Dr. Seuss ; also available on OMNI

Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green (2009) by Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Anne Kennedy
The Water Princess (2016) by Susan Verde ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds ; photographs by Johann Mergenthaler ; also available at eReadIllinois and OMNI
Florette (2018) by Anna Walker
A Stone Sat Still (2019) by Brendan Wenzel ; also available on OMNI and hoopla
Earth Day, Birthday! (2012) by Maureen Wright ; illustrated by Violet Kim

Easy Readers

Maya & Miguel: Rain or Shine (2006) adapted by Tracey West ; illustrated by Jay Johnson
Earth Day (2009) by Margaret McNamara ; illustrated by Mike Gordon
Springtime Blossoms (2017) by Jerdine Nolen ; illustrated by Michelle Henninger
Every Day is Earth Day (2020) adapted by Jordan D. Brown ; based on the screenplay written by Michelle Lamoreaux
Wonder Woman Saves the Trees! (2021) by Christy Webster ; illustrated by Pernille Ørum
Earth Day Girl (2010) adapted by Thom Wiley

Easy Nonfiction

The EARTH Book (2010) by Todd Parr ; also available on OMNI
Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas (2020) by Sandra Neil Wallace ; illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa (2008) by Jeanette Winter
Going Green: An Alien’s Guide (2021) by Alex Francis
A Cool Drink of Water (2002) by Barbara Kerley

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World: Fun and Easy Eco-Tips (2008) by Melanie Walsh
Plastic: Past, Present, and Future (2020) by Eun-Ju Kim ; illustrated by Ji-Won Lee
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (2015) by Miranda Paul ; illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon ; also available on OMNI and hoopla
Ocean Soup: A Recipe For You, Me, and a Cleaner Sea (2021) by Meeg Pincus ; illustrated by Lucy Semple
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth (2010) by Mary McKenna Siddals ; illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Thank you, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet (2018) by April Pulley Sayre
Most of the Better Natural Things in the World (2019) by Dave Eggers & Angel Chang ; also available on hoopla
The Magic & Mystery of Trees (2019) by Jen Green ; illustrated by Claire McElfatrick
Becoming a Good Creature (2020) by Sy Montgomery ; pictures by Rebecca Green ; also available on hoopla
Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe (2019) by Chelsea Clinton ; illustrated by Gianna Marino ; also available on eReadIllinois

Juvenile Nonfiction

Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future (2016) by Allan Drummond
If a Tree Falls: The Global Impact of Deforestation (2020) by Nikki Tate ; also available on hoopla
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge (2010) by Joanna Cole ; illustrated by Bruce Degen ; also available on hoopla
What a Waste (2019) by Jess French ; also available on eReadIllinois and OMNI
Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do (2021) by Seymour Simon ; also available on eReadIllinois

We Are All Greta: Be Inspired to Save the World (2019) by Valentina Giannella ; illustrated by Manuela Marazzi ; also available on hoopla
How To Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other (2021) by Naomi Klein ; adapted by Rebecca Stefoff ; also available on eReadIllinois
Girl Warriors: How 25 Young Activists Are Saving the Earth (2021) by Rachel Sarah ; also available on hoopla
A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History (1992) by Lynne Cherry
You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Clean Water (2015) by Roger Canavan ; illustrated by David Antram ; created and designed by David Salariya

Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth (2004) by Rochelle Strauss ; illustrated by Margot Thompson ; also available on hoopla
Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf (2011) by Olivia Bouler
Puffling Patrol (2012) by Ted and Betsy Lewin
Let’s Eat! : Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet (2017) by Kimberley Veness ; also available on hoopla
Climate Emergency Atlas (2020) by Dan Hooke ; consultants, Professor Frans Berkhout and Professor Kirstin Dow ; foreword by Jamie Margolin


Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World (2012) by Laurie Lawlor ; illustrations by Laura Beingessner ; also available on eReadIllinois
Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement (2018) by Stephanie Roth Sisson
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps (2011) by Jeanette Winter ; also available on eReadIllinois, OMNI, and hoopla
Who Is Jane Goodall? (2012) by Roberta Edwards ; illustrated by John O’Brien ; also available on eReadIllinois and OMNI
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees (2015) by Franck Prévot ; illustrated by Aurélia Fronty ; also available on eReadIllinois and hoopla

Juvenile Intermediate Fiction

Lea Leads the Way (2016) by Lisa Yee
Julie and the Eagles (2007) by Megan McDonald ; illustrations by Robert Hunt ; vignettes by Susan McAlileyn
Earth Day Escapade (2009) by Carolyn Keene ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan ; also available on hoopla
Marty McGuire Digs Worms! (2012) by Kate Messner ; illustrated by Brian Floca ; also available on eReadIllinois and hoopla

Juvenile Fiction

The Light in the Lake (2019) by Sarah R. Baughman
The End of the Wild (2017) by Nicole Helget ; also available on eReadIllinois
Emily Windsnap and the Tides of Time (2020) by Liz Kessler ; illustrations by Erin Farley ; also available on OMNI

En Español / Bilingüe

Curious George Plants a Seed = Jorge el Curioso Siembra una Semilla (2007) adaptación de Erica Zappy ; traducido por Yanitzia Canetti ; basado en un guión para una serie de televisión escrito por Sandra Willard
¿Por Qué Debo Proteger la Naturaleza? (2012) escrito por Jen Green ; ilustrado por Mike Gordon ; traducción por Fuencisla del Amo
¿Por Que Debo Ahorrar Energia? (2012) escrito por Jen Green ; ilustrado por Mike Gordon ; traducción por Fuencisla del Amo
¿Por Qué Debo Ahorrar Agua? (2012) escrito por Jen Green ; ilustrado por Mike Gordon ; traducción por Fuencisla del Amo
El Gran Libro de la Ecología (2015) por Mary Hoffman y Ros Asquith ; traducción por Anna Gasol
¿Por Qué Debo Reciclar? (2012) escrito por Jen Green ; ilustrado por Mike Gordon ; traducción por Fuencisla del Amo



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