It’s very important to teach our kids about about our planet and the things we can do to protect it. There are many ways to teach children to take care of the planet — one of the best ways is through books.

Driftwood Days

Written by William Miniver
Illustrated by Charles Vess

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Under autumn leaves, a boy watches a beaver build a dam. One of the branches slips away, carried downstream by the river. Through the changing seasons, the branch makes a long, epic journey to the sea, before finally getting tossed back onto shore. Changed by the elements, the branch—now driftwood—lies patiently on the beach, until the boy discovers it once again.

Featuring breathtaking artwork by Charles Vess, Driftwood Days offers readers a beautiful, multilayered story about nature, science, childhood, and change.

Fur, Fins, and Feathers

Written and Illustrated by Cassandre Maxwell 

A fascinating and factual book that will delight animal lovers

Ages 5 to 9

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Abraham Dee Bartlett knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life working with animals. But in Victorian London, there weren’t many jobs that provided an opportunity to do that. Still, Abraham spent years gaining knowledge and pursuing his dream until he eventually became superintendent in the London Zoo. Driven by his compassion for the animals, Abraham dramatically improved the conditions of the zoo to ensure that the animals could be happy and healthy.

With engaging back matter and charming illustrations, Cassandre Maxwell’s book brings to life the little-known story of the man who helped to create the modern zoo.

Hello, Earth!

Poems to Our Planet

Written by Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora

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A gorgeous, expansive celebration of science and art, Hello, Earth! is a book to cherish in whatever landscape you call home.

Hidden City

Poems of Urban Wildlife

Amy Schimler-Safford
Sarah Grace Tuttle

A poetic book highlighting everyday nature

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Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and care about their environment.

No Place Like Home

Ronojoy Ghosh
Ages 4 to 7

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A hilarious story about finding your place in the world
George is a bit of a grump. He doesn’t like ice cream, his tiny house, or the crowded city he lives in. Perhaps he would be happier if he could find a place that truly feels like home. And so George decides to go exploring…
Young children will delight in this fun, inviting story about discovering where you really belong.

One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain

Written by Alex Nogués
Illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora
Translated by Lawrence Schimel
Ages 6-10

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A compelling introduction to earth science, this book will encourage readers to ask questions, think critically, and embrace their curiosity about the natural world.

Two Little Birds

A sweet story about nature’s patterns and about growing up

Mary Newell DePalma
Ages 4-8

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This simple story, nicely complemented by warm and colorful illustrations, subtly celebrates the wonder of migration. Two Little Birds is a perfect book for introducing young children to nature’s small miracles.

A Year with Mama Earth

Written by Rebecca Grabill
Illustrated by Rebecca Green

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In September, Mama Earth sighs out the first autumn frost, which crunches under children’s feet. Mama Earth looks after nature’s plants and animals throughout the year—singing lullabies to fat bears in the fall, dressing evergreens in icicles in winter, and waking up the crocuses in spring. And in the summer, Mama Earth sends warm sunbeams to her beloved children, so they can play outside and enjoy the amazing world around them.

With enchanting text and radiant artwork, A Year with Mama Earth offers a joyous celebration of nature’s beauty and the changing seasons.