5 of the Best Children's Books About Sustainability
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If you try to be an eco-conscious citizen like me then you know how important it is to talk about sustainability! Even from a young age instilling a love and respect for the environment is important. That’s why reading books about sustainability can be a great way to introduce children to the concept in a fun and engaging way. Colorful images and creative characters– what better way to keep your kids engaged?
So, here are 5 of the best children's books about sustainability that you can add to your kid’s bookshelf!
1. "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss
No list of sustainable children's books would be complete without "The Lorax." This classic story follows a small orange creature named the Lorax who speaks for the trees and warns his world against the dangers of pollution and deforestation. It’s a great way to teach children about how their actions can impact the world around them– especially the outdoors! After reading, you can also take a look at The Lorax movie for a fun cartoon version of the story.
2. "The Great Kapok Tree" by Lynne Cherry
"The Great Kapok Tree" is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of a man who falls asleep while trying to cut down a tree in the rainforest. While he is sleeping, the animals of the rainforest come to him and explain why the tree is important to them and their habitat. Along the way, this book teaches children about the importance of preserving natural habitats and the animals that live in them!
3. "Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth" by Mary McKenna Siddals
This is a fun and educational book that practically teaches children about composting and how it can help the environment. Written in an A to Z format, each page of “Compost Stew” features a different ingredient that can be added to a compost pile. So it can be a great way to teach children about the importance of reducing waste and how they can help your home’s compost to create healthy soil.
4. "One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia" by Miranda Paul
"One Plastic Bag" is a true story about a woman named Isatou Ceesay who started a recycling project in her village in the Gambia. With stunning colors across its images, this book teaches children about the harm of plastic waste and how recycling can help to reduce it. It’s a great way to teach children about how small actions can make a big difference for the planet.
5. "The Water Princess" by Susan Verde
Last but not least, "The Water Princess" tells the story of a young girl who must walk miles each day to collect water for her village. Its powerful story teaches kids about the importance of clean water and how it is a precious resource that many people do not have access to. By increasing awareness this book helps show our little ones the importance of conservation on a practical scale!
It doesn’t hurt to start them young! Showing our kids books about sustainability is a fun way to raise up future environmentalists. So check out one of these stories next time you’re at the bookstore or library!
If you’d like to learn more, you can also check out our blog on 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Sustainability.