Celebrate World Water Day (March 22), Earth Day (April 22), World Oceans Day (June 8) with these books! Keep reading to discover an entire collection of books that will inspire your young readers to become environmentally conscious.
Books to Celebrate World Water Day on March 22
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Linstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade
Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption—a bold and lyrical picture book.
★ Three Starred Reviews! ★
★ “An inspiring call to action for all who care about our interconnected planet.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ Booklist starred review
★ Publishers Weekly starred review
Ocean! Waves for All by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by David Litchfield
A light-hearted nonfiction picture book about the formation and history of the ocean, told from the perspective of the ocean itself. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Ocean in this next “autobiography” in the Our Universe series.
“Spreads teem with ocean life painted in warm, bright colors… A pleasant dive into deep waters.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A worthy addition to the Our Universe series, as well as an entertaining introduction to this topic.”—Booklist
Fins by Randy Wayne White
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Doc Ford series for adults, comes Fins, a high-stakes, masterfully plotted, STEM-filled story of courage, friendship…and sharks!
“This well-paced, exciting series opener will keep readers on their toes.”—Kirkus
“Give to readers looking for science-based mysteries.”— Booklist
Plastic Sucks! How YOU Can Reduce Single-Use Plastic and Save Our Planet by Dougie Poynter
How can YOU help save our planet? This awesome and inspiring guide, written by musician and environmental activist Dougie Poynter, will tell you how to get involved in the mission to cut out single-use plastic.
More World Water Day Books
- The Boy and the Whale by Mordicai Gerstein
- Clean Water by Beth Geiger
- If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
- Nerdy Babies: Ocean by Emmy Kastner
- Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean by Deborah Diesen; illustrated by Dan Hanna A MacKids Staff Pick!
- Water is Water by Miranda Paul; illustrated by Jason Chin
- Water Land by Christy Hale
Books to Celebrate Earth Day on April 22
Solar Story: How One Community Lives Alongside the World’s Biggest Solar Plant by Allan Drummond
In his signature style, Allan Drummond tells the story of the largest solar plant in the world, the Noor Solar Power Plant in Morocco’s Sahara Desert, in Solar Story–by relating it to the everyday life of a schoolgirl in a small village next to the plant.
“A valuable look at sustainability and development.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Explores and explains topics including solar power, sustainability, and community development. The class visit to the plant frames statistics useful to young readers.” —Publishers Weekly
Green Machine: The Slightly Gross Truth about Turning Your Food Scraps into Green Energy by Rebecca Donnelly; illustrations by Christophe Jacques
“A strong addition to children’s nonfiction collections, perfect for story time as well as classroom discussion.”—Booklist
“Timely, basic information about transforming food into fuel.”—Kirkus Reviews
If Elephants Disappeared by Lily Williams
A MacKids Staff Pick!
What would happen if elephants disappeared? Trace the repercussions of a world without elephants in writer and illustrator Lily Williams’ third picture book about loss and conservation.
“A well-executed environmental primer that will leave readers considering the interconnectivity of the planet and its inhabitants.”—Publishers Weekly on If Sharks Disappeared
Stella Díaz Never Gives Up! by Angela Dominguez
From award-winning author Angela Dominguez comes the novel Stella Diaz Never Gives Up, a story about a shy Mexican-American girl who becomes an environmental activist and makes a difference in her community.
“Readers don’t need familiarity with Stella Díaz Has Something To Say to fall in love with [Stella]. The protagonist will endear readers to her; she may also create some environmental converts.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A stellar sequel or stand-alone title with a plot that strikes the perfect balance between character-driven action and activism.” —School Library Journal
More Earth Day Books
- Clean Energy by Laurie Goldman
- Earth: Feeling the Heat by Brenda Z. Guiberson; illustrations by Chad Wallace
- Earth! My First 4.54 Million Years by Stacy McAnulty
- Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed their World by Allan Drummond
- Grand Canyon by Jason Chin ★ Caldecott Honor Winner! ★
- Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future by Allan Drummond
- Green, Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie Lamba and Baldev Lamba; illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
- If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams
- One Day a Dot: The Story of You, The Universe, and Everything by Ian Lendler; illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
- Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement by Stephanie Roth Sisson