7 Books to Read with your Kids on Earth Day

A great way to discuss recycling and how to care for the planet is with a book. Start off this Earth Month by reading a book about various topics: Earth Day, the Earth, and Recycling. After reading a book, talk to your kids about how you recycle in your home and how you can help the environment. Here are 7 books to help get you started…

Don't Throw That Away! by Lara Bergen

Follow an eco-conscious super hero as he teaches kids how to recycle and reuse common household items! The six large flaps throughout show that ordinary trash is really a treasure. From turning old clothes into fun costumes or an old box into a brand new car, kids will learn that saving the environment is super cool!

Earth Day, Birthday! by Violet Wright

It's April 22 and Lion and his friends want to plant trees, recycle bottles and have fun on Earth Day. But silly Monkey wants to celebrate his birthday instead.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuing a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good - from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.

I Can Save the Earth! By Alison Inches

Meet Max the Little Monster. He is a cute, furry green monster who is an environmental nightmare. Among other things, he leaves on all the lights, keeps his computer plugged in, blasts the TV, hoards his old toys and uses so much toilet paper it clogs the toilet until finally, his excessive ways cause a power outage. With no TV to watch, computer to play on, video games to play with, Max finds there is a whole big world outside that he can make a difference in the environment.

Little Critter: It’s Earth Day! by by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter is on a mission! After watching a film about climate changes at school, Little Critter decides to do his part to slow down global warming. With the help of his family and friends, Little Critter begins to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Together they learn about the importance of not wasting water or energy. Join Little Critter as he plants a tree, makes a climate control machine, and helps the polar bears.

Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel

Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, "Michael Recycle" tells the adventures of a young superhero whose power allows him to teach people about recycling. After cleaning up a town, the people declare: "To Michael Recycle! The green-caped crusader, our super-green hero, the planet's new savior!"

Stuff!: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Steven Kroll

Pinch is a pack rat and all his possessions are spilling out onto the street. When his friends Heddy and Bumper ask him to donate some stuff to the community sale, Pinch says "no." On the day of the sale he sees everybody and all of the things they are selling. Pinch decides to sell some of his stuff ... then buy more stuff. When he gets home with his money, Pinch decides to get rid of the the clutter, and he invites his family to do the same. So will they use the money to buy more stuff?

All books are available at your local bookstore or library.

What are your favourite Earth Day or Environment books for kids? Share below!

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