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Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, is a great day to for learning because there are so many facets — you can learn about recycling, gardening, composting, trees, bugs, how the earth works and so much more.
We’ve put together a great list of our favorite children’s books for Earth Day, but don’t forget to include a great craft, too! This Hand Flower craft is one of our favs!
Earth Day Children’s Books
From the publisher: “It’s April 22, and Lion and his friends want to plant trees, recycle bottles, and have fun on Earth Day. But not Monkey. He wants to celebrate his birthday. Can he convince the other animals that it really is his birthday? Violet Kim’s humorous artwork, rendered in paper, photographs, and colored pencil, highlight the sunny, friendly world of the animals.”
Kids everywhere are knowledgeable about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.”
The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle is one in a series of four entertaining What Do You Know About? books, for very young children. It describes the ways in which kids and their families can avoid waste and be environmentally conscious. Four pages presenting activities for children appear at the back of the book, followed by a two-page section for parents, with tips on explaining the subject in more detail.”
“Children and adults will delight in Earth Day, a litany of gratitude that celebrates earth’s diverse species, from apricots to groundhogs to junebugs, from quahogs to zinnias, zucchini and zebras with bright and whimsical illustrations. In alphabetical order, the wonders of nature arise from the page, reminding readers that every day is a reason to give thanks and that miracles are as simple as ABC.”
5. Hooray for EARTH DAY!: A Rhyming Picture Book for Children in celebration of Earth Day, Our Environment and how to protect it
From the publisher: “Earth Day is here! What should we do on Earth Day and why? What makes Earth Day special? How can we love our environment not only on Earth Day, but EVERY day? Find out in this Rhyming picture book which encourages kids to celebrate, cherish and protect their environment. The Rhyming style of this short story makes it a fun and easy read for any story time.”
From the publisher: “Come along on an Arctic adventure with a little girl and her father and learn all about polar bears! This 8 x 8 storybook shows how global warming affects two baby polar bear cubs and their family. Includes tips for kids on what they can do to help slow down global warming.”
From the publisher: “Filled with ideas for arts and crafts projects, experiments, and experiences that encourage children to enjoy and heal the environment, this book covers acid rain, endangered wildlife, pesticides, energy, recycling, pollution, landfills, rain forests, water conservation, and related topics.”
Do you have any favorite Earth Day books? Leave them in the comments so we can check them out!
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