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Looking for some great books to read with the kids on Earth Day? Here are some of our favorites!

Updated: Jan 18

Earth Day is the perfect time to spend with your kids learning about the environment and how to care for it. What better way to do that than with a few Earth Day picture books? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best books to read on Earth Day to help you and your family celebrate the day and learn more about protecting our planet. Here are some of our favorites!

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Earth Day books for kids read aloud classroom activities

by Stacy McAnulty

Our Planet! There's No Place Like Earth is a picture book about Earth told from Earth's own perspective. Earth is an awesome planet, it is home to all the plants and animals in the solar system. In this nonfiction picture book, children will learn all about Earth and how humans and the planet need each other.

by Rana DiOrio

Children can change the world!

In What Does it Mean to Be Green? children will learn all the many ways they can help protect the Earth and its precious resources. The book features all-new artwork and updated facts and tips.

by Stacy McAanulty

Earth Day is the perfect time to explore our amazing planet! Get ready for a fun and informative read aloud with children's book author Stacy McAnulty's Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years. In this book, kids get to experience Earth from the point-of-view of Earth herself! With the help of award-winning illustrator David Litchfield, readers will learn about key moments in Earth’s life, from her childhood more than four billion years ago all the way up to the present day. They'll also find back matter with even more interesting tidbits. Grab this title and learn all about our one-of-a-kind planet!

by Sue Fliess

This delightful Earth Day children's book is an ideal read aloud for kids of all ages. The rhyming story follows the cycle of the seasons and reminds us of the importance of being good stewards to the planet. This book is also a great way to introduce activities that help foster an appreciation of the natural world, such as starting a compost bin or picking up trash in your neighborhood. It's a wonderful reminder of how our actions can make a big difference when it comes to caring for the Earth.

by Ellen Javernick

This book is an essential read for Earth Day children's books. It takes a humorous look at the consequences of thoughtless behavior by exploring what would happen if everyone broke the rules. With funny illustrations rendered in mixed media, this Earth Day read aloud is perfect for teaching kids about the importance of following the rules and being responsible for their actions. This book is sure to be a hit with kids and help them learn about the power of collective action and taking care of our planet.

by Gabi Garcia

This Earth Day, teach your children the importance of looking out for each other and taking care of our planet with We Are All Connected: Caring For Each Other And The Earth by Gabi Garcia. The vibrant illustrations and engaging story will make this book a hit in any home or school library! Plus, this book serves as an excellent Earth Day read aloud or a great addition to your Earth Day children's books collection. Use this book to spark conversations with your children about our planet and how we can all take part in protecting it. You can even use the book to inspire some fun Earth Day activities like planting a garden or upcycling household items into something new!

by Jess French

A lively and educational book that is full of fabulous illustrations, fun facts and easy-to-understand explanations about the world around us and how our actions have an impact on planet Earth. This book is sure to get your kids thinking about sustainability and protecting our environment. Not only does it provide them with knowledge, but it also gives them plenty of ideas on how to make a positive change.

by Meredith Crandall Brown

This is a great Earth Day read for kids. The story follows Milk and Juice and their recycling journey around the world. Not only will they get to explore the process of recycling in a fun way, but they'll also learn about the importance of never giving up on their dreams! With its cheerful illustrations and informative back matter, this story is sure to be a hit with any child who loves a good adventure.

by Patricia MacLahlan

The main character in this delightful story is Earth, who describes all the wonderful things she does for us. From providing food to caring for animals, Earth does it all! The text is brought to life with vibrant illustrations, intricate papercut elements, and cleverly designed flaps that children will love to explore as they read.

by Shaunna and John Stith

Black Beach is an inspirational story by Shaunna and John Stith about the power of individual action. Based on a real-life oil spill, the book follows Sam, a young girl who is determined to protect her community from further environmental damage. As she learns more about the situation, she starts to understand that the effects of the spill reach beyond her own town, inspiring people across the country to take action. Through Sam’s journey, readers are reminded of the importance of taking care of the environment and that even the smallest actions can have a big impact. With beautiful illustrations and a compelling story, Black Beach is a must-read for children and adults alike.

by Christina Soontorvat

Christina Soontornvat weaves together a fascinating adventure with important environmental lessons that will stay with readers for years to come. The creative story and beautiful illustrations combine to create a vivid and exciting journey through the minds of kids and adults alike. To Change a Planet is an excellent way to start a conversation about our planet and how we can make it a better place.

Happy Reading!

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