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Earth Day is just around the corner! One of our favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day is by reading Earth Day picture books. We read a couple of books each night leading up to Earth Day.
The list of 25+ Earth Day Picture Books are perfect for read-alouds. They are also great for budding readers who are just beginning to practice reading on their own or with someone. The books are about Earth Day themes. Some of the books have the added bonus of including numbers, the alphabet or a history of Earth Day.
25+ Earth Day Picture Books
I Am Earth: An Earth Day Book for Kids by James McDonald – A beginners Earth Science book that introduces the basic concepts of Earth science and also encourages environmental awareness and sustainability. Preschool – 2nd Grade
The Wump World by Bill Peet – This is a great book to introduce pollution and taking care of the environment. Plus, the Wumps look like capybaras. Preschool – 3rd Grade
100 Ways to Make the World Better! by Lisa M. Gerry – A National Geographic Kids book with doable activities, hands-on projects, advice from National Geographic explorers, interviews with experts, weird-but-true facts, and more inspiration. 3rd – 7th Grade
I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by Alison Inches – Follow Max the Little Green Monster’s journey to environmental awareness and learn tips on how they can become little green monsters themselves. Preschool – 1st Grade
Why Should I Recycle? by Jen Green – Mr. Jones teaches his class the value of recycling. Preschool – 1st Grade
Mother Earth’s Counting Book by Andrew Clements – A unique counting book that explores the diverse wonders of our planet. Counting from 1 to 10 and down again, the spares text lists geographic features and animals. There are four unillustrated closing pages that add descriptive details about the planet. Preschool – 3rd grade
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches – Follow the plastic bottles journey from the refinery plant, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into it’s new life…as a fleece jacket! Preschool – 1st Grade
Farewell to Shady Glade by Bill Peet -It’s a great story about a raccoon and his friends loosing their home and finding a new one after riding on a train. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli – Join Biscuit as he takes care of the earth. Preschool – 1st Grade
The EARTH Book by Todd Parr – Explore the important subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Preschool – 1st Grade
Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard – Discover how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more with Tyler and Trina. Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle by Nuria Roca – Describes the ways in which kids and their families can avoid waste and be environmentally conscious. Preschool – 2nd Grade
Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre – Introduces concepts of science, nature, and language arts through stunning photographs and a poetic text structured as a simple thank-you note. Preschool – 3rd Grade
The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches – Follow an aluminum can as it goes on a journey from inside a bauxite rock, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a display on a bookshelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into its new life…as a baseball bat! Preschool – 1st Grade
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals – An alphabetical guide as to what to include to make compost. Preschool – 2nd Grade
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh – A simple go green manual for little kids. Preschool – 1st Grade
Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel – A young superhero whose power allows him to teach people about recycling. 1st – 2nd Grade
Earth Day–Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy – Count along with Ryan, Luke, and Carly as they try to recycle 5,000 aluminum cans so they can make enough money to buy some beautiful flowers for nearby Gilroy Park. 2nd – 3rd Grade
Earth Day: An Alphabet Book by Gary Kowalski – The wonders of nature arise from the page in alphabetical order reminding readers that every day is a reason to give thanks. Preschool – 3rd Grade
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss – In this cautionary rhyming tale we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. 1st – 4th Grade
Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day by Jane O’Connor – Being green is important to Nancy—so important that she wants her family to take care of the Earth morning, noon, and night! Preschool – 3rd Grade
Hooray for EARTH DAY! by Dee Smith – A rhyming picture book about the earth and environment and how to protect it. Preschool – Kindergaten
THINK GREEN! THINK GREEN! by Sally Huss – A mother teaches her son the importance of caring for our environment. Preschool
Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli – Mrs. Fox and her class show how simple actions can have a big impact on the earth. 1st – 3rd Grade
One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul – In this true story, Isatou Ceesay transform her community by recycling plastic bags. Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Earth Day by Trudi Strain Trueit – An introduction to Earth Day and ways to celebrate. 1st – 2nd Grade
Recycle! by Gail Gibbons – Explains the process of recycling from start to finish. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Be sure to stop by my Homeschool Book List page where I will be linking all our books and other resources. And if you are looking for more homeschool activities, make sure you check out my Homeschool page which contains links to our sensory bins, crafts, and math & science pages.
Do you have any fun Earth Day picture books to recommend to us for next time? Share them in the comments below!
Have a great day!
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