Encourage your community to read GREEN with these books

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.


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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


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