35 Earth Day Books for Kids

April 22 is Earth Day, a worldwide annual event dedicated to environmental awareness and conservation efforts. I’ve compiled a list of 35 Earth Day books for kids, ranging from preschool all the way to high school. The books on this list are as entertaining as they are edifying and would make a welcome addition to any home or classroom library year-round! I’ve loosely grouped them by age/grade for your convenience, but many of these titles will appeal to readers well outside of their specified age range. By getting children to read these sorts of books, they can start understanding the issues that face the environment. Children are the future, so it’s important that they start learning about these issues as soon as possible. A lot of these books present these issues to children in a simple format, allowing them to understand the basics. As they grow older, they should be able to learn more and more about climate change. Hopefully, they will then be interested in helping the planet. There are so many ways that people can slow climate change down, such as by saving energy wherever possible. Inside their homes, there are so many ways to save energy as this article here explains. Of course, homeowners can always compare energy prices too. This should help them to find better deals, such as some renewable energy deals. Hopefully, by educating ourselves, we should be able to make real changes.

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Preschool/Early Reader (Ages 3-7)

Earth Day – Hooray! By Stuart J. Murphy

Where Does the Garbage Go? By Paul Showers

Recycle! By Gail Gibbons

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre

Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard

Look Out for Litter by Lisa Bullard

Choose to Reuse by Lisa Bullard

Rally for Recycling by Lisa Bullard

Go Easy on Energy by Lisa Bullard

Power Up to Fight Pollution by Lisa Bullard

Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day by Jane O’Connor

The Garden Project (Robin Hill School) by Margaret McNamara

Earth Day (Robin Hill School) by Margaret McNamara

Gabby and Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington

What’s So Bad About Gasoline? Fossil Fuels and What They Do by Anne Rockwell

The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches

We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals

The EARTH Book by Todd Parr

Grade School (Ages 6-10)

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet by Harriet Rohmer

Human Footprint (National Geographic Kids) by Ellen Kirk

What a Waste! By Claire Eamer

One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

What Happens to Our Trash? By D.J. Ward

The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales by Dawn Casey

What’s Sprouting in My Trash? A Book about Composting by Esther Porter

What Is Climate Change? By Gail Herman

Who Is Jane Goodall? By Roberta Edwards

Who Was Rachel Carson? By Sarah Fabiny

Tweens & Teens (Ages 10+)

The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth by The EarthWorks Group

Start Now! You Can Make a Difference by Chelsea Clinton

The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects by Barbara A. Lewis

A Teen Guide to Eco-Gardening, Food, and Cooking by Jen Green

The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Young Readers Edition) by Michael Pollan

The Green Teen: The Eco-Friendly Teen’s Guide to Saving the Planet by Jenn Savedge


  1. I’m delighted to discover COMPOST STEW worming its way into this wonderful compilation, and thank you so much for including my book in your Earth Day roundup, which I look forward to sharing on its Facebook page, where we encourage our readers to dig in and make EVERY day Earth Day!

  2. Hi Katie,

    Thanks for all your compilations! Another ecology/environment/Earth Day title to share…STRETCH TO THE SUN: FROM A TINY SPROUT TO THE TALLEST TREE ON EARTH that tells the story of an ecosystem under threat but eventually saved by people who care about our natural world. Published by Charlesbridge, authored by me, and gorgeously illustrated by Susan Swan. This could also be a unique part of a biography collection — I call it a “tree-ography” because it shares the life of one tree within the context of the ecosystem.

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