Earth Day is April 22! I have made a short list of Earth-friendly type books for kids and teens that I would display in the Children’s and Youth Services areas of my library or school media center if I worked in one.

For all ages:

The Lorax:

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” One of my favorite  lines in all of literature. The child of biologists and great-grandchild of naturists, I was brought up fairly earth-conscious, and this was a book that was read over and over and over at bedtimes. Not only did I love the message, but I was enthralled by the drawings too. (I also dearly wanted a Barbaloot suit to run around in.) I hope no one ever thinks they’ve outgrown Dr. Seuss.

Este título también se encuentra en Español.

Making Things: The Hand Book of Creative Discovery:

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a copy, there are lots of fun art and craft ideas in here involving reuse and recycling of household items. The drawn instructions are great for teaching children of all ages how to, say, make a loom out of a box or make simple shirts and dresses.

For kids:

It’s Earth Day!:

Little Critter reduces, reuses, and recycles! Can’t go wrong with Mercer Mayer for Preschool to Kindergarten-aged kids. It’s never too early to teach little ones to conserve water and energy!


Quite simply, 2nd to 4th graders can learn about landfills, how to recycle and why they should.

365 Ways to Live Green:

This book offers 3rd to 6th grade readers ideas on how to take action. It also encourages them to research more on a variety of topics on their own.

For Teens:

The Green Teen:

A nice, easy resource to encourage teens to make environmentally responsible  choices.

Generation Green:

Another easy resource to guide teens to make eco-friendly choices. Expanding on The 3 R’s -Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- this book offers 5 R’s, adding Rethink and Refuse to the list in order to promote environmentally conscious consumerism.

There’s a surprising lack of Spanish editions of these books…

As far as other media, every library will probably have their DVD copies of Planet Earth and An Inconvenient Truth on display, but I’m hoping to see Who Killed the Electric Car? out too… and Ferngully for the little kiddies.


About bittybookworm

Cataloging librarian seeking library, archive, or museum. I used to read college Psychology textbooks for fun in Junior High. I am that person at parties who is usually found hovering near the snacks, probably interacting more with the host's pets or children than with the host and other adult guests, and poring over their book and media collections to secretly gauge which items I may be interested in borrowing in future and which of my items would be appropriate to lend in return. In December 2012, I graduated from Florida State University with a Masters of Library and Information Studies degree, which may put that previous bunch of information into some sort of context.

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