Books that Teach Children about the Environment
It has never been so important to teach children about the environment and how to make a positive difference to the world. The planet has never been in such a critical state before and it’s the generation that’s young now that will have to deal with all the problems that the population has caused over the past few decades.
Because of this, I try to talk to my children a lot about what we can do to help the environment and choices we make that make a difference if lots of people do it. The kids enjoy it too and love it when they realise they’re doing something that’s good for our planet, whether it’s using reusable stainless steel bottles, using reusable wipes, helping pick out their baby sister’s next cloth nappy, choosing products with the least (or no) packaging or helping to repurpose items that would have ended up in the landfill.
We also love to read books on the topic together or separately. I recently shared some of my own recent zero waste reads but this post is all about books for kids that teach children about the environment. These are all from DK Books which is one of my favourite book publishers — especially for children’s books but I love their selection for grown ups too.
In Be Plastic Clever we come along with teenage activists Amy and Ella Meek of Kids Against Plastic on their mission to get rid of single-use plastics. It’s the perfect book for young readers who are passionate about the environment to show them that you can make a big difference as a child too.
Amy and Ella founded Kids Against Plastic with the goal to get rid of the single-use plastic bottles from UK supermarkets.
“Their campaign has grown and grown — together they’ve picked up more than 60,000 pieces of single-use plastic litter, performed their own TedX talk, and gathered together a crack team of kids across the UK to help them tackle the problem. They’ve spoken at the Houses of Parliament and the UN, and created the #BePlasticClever campaign to encourage schools, businesses, and festivals to be mindful of their plastic use.”
The book is full of diary entries from Amy and Ella, lots of tips for how you can help the planet and get rid of the world’s single-use plastics, the history of plastics, the problems that single-use plastics cause, recycling and much more. The book also has lots of interesting interviews.
It’s the ultimate no-plastics guide for young eco-warriors! I’d recommend it from around 7-8 years old.
- How to Make a Better World
How to Make a Better World is exactly the kind of book that my 6-year-old loves to read. It’s an empowering guide full of ideas and tips for children who want to make a positive difference to the world.
This book does not only focus on the environment but also how you can be a better you and achieve what you want to do and how to be a better friend and how to help out your community.
It’s such an inspiring and encouraging book for children to read and the bright and colourful illustration makes it fun and visually appealing too.
This fun and empowering guide to making the world a better place is packed with inspiring ideas and tips for kids who want to know how to make a difference.
You’ll find lots of interesting facts in this book and it’s a great starter book for children who are passionate about making the world a better place in many different ways.
I recommend this book for children aged 6+.
- Why Does the Earth Need the Moon?
My 6-year-old is always asking lots of questions about how things work in the world and this book is perfect for her. Why Does the Earth Need the Moon? is a fun scientific book that answers over 200 questions about our planet! It’s an encyclopedia about our planet Earth and will answer so many questions that your child might have and some that they haven’t even thought of yet.
The book covers all kinds of questions about our planet — volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans and, of course, the relationship with the moon. Curious children (and parents) can read about these topics and also about life on earth, life under water and what’s going on up in the air too.
It also covers global warming and plastic pollution along with what we can do to keep the Earth healthy.
The book also has a glossary and quizzes and it’s full of fascination illustrations, graphics and photos! It really is the perfect book all about Earth and the life around us.
I recommend this one for kids aged 6+.
I was allowed to borrow digital copies of these books for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.