Through the transformational power of storytelling, books can inspire your students to make a difference, even in the face of our planet’s greatest challenges. As the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, we compiled a list of some of our favorites books on the environment and hope it helps motivate a future generation of environmentalists.
To help you find the book that’s right for you, we’ve divided the list by age group:
Explore the Earth’s climate with your child and learn how green energy can help protect our planet.
Learn about the ocean’s creatures, big and small, in this colorful book. “Our big blue oceans are full of life. Dive in and take a look!”
“When a little bat gets separated from her mother, she learns a big lesson about friendship in the unlikeliest of places.”
“In this charming picture book, one spunky girl discovered just who like rain – and who doesn’t – as she explores the rainy day habits of the world around her.”
A beloved classic by Dr. Seuss, this book explores how one child can make a difference if they speak up and stand up for those who can’t. This must-read book is “timely, playful, and hopeful.”
This story is about Goldman Environmental Prize and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai, who set out on a mission to restore her home forests in Kenya.
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of how the balance and health of an ecosystem were restored when wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park.
“This heartfelt story captures the excitement of children getting their hands dirty and learning to nurture living things for the first time.”
“This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions can really make a difference in our world.”
Follow Rachel Carson’s journey from a curious young naturalist to an influential female scientist whose work sparked the modern environmental movement.
A young girl in a new home works to save the sea turtles on her beach. A Letter to Young Activists from Philippe Cousteau is sure to inspire readers to start a project in their community!
This colorful and lyrical book illustrates how humans relate to each other and all other living things in Our Big Home of planet Earth.
Follow a raindrop around the world through the entire water cycle.
A young group of Sea Guardians who can communicate with sharks and other marine life protect animals in the ocean surrounding the Bahamas.
This book helps us understand the science of climate change from the scientists working on the issue.
A young Native American boy travels from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, learning about the landscape as he goes.
This teen adaptation details the history and current status of climate change.
This book helps us understand our current environmental issues through real-world scenarios.
A young woman protects Bonobos in the conflict-stricken region in the Congo.
This novel covers three stories of people connecting to nature in the Appalachian Mountains.