Nine Environmental Summer Reading Books for Kids


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By Kara A. DiCamillo

Summer is almost here, which means it is time for kids to choose what books they will be reading for the next few months. Sierra Club Green Home has compiled a list of our favorite eco-books for kids of all ages. These books help kids learn about being more environmentally-friendly through fun, interesting stories. Don’t forget to get involved by reading books with the kids or asking questions about the stories. And be prepared, because they might have some questions for you too!

  1. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown – Also enjoyable for adults, this book is about a boy named Liam who decides to restore a garden in his city. It captivates the reader with colorful illustrations and an uplifting story about how a community can be transformed by kids discovering plants. (Preschool and up)
  2. Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert – If your little ones love winged creatures, this book was written for them! After reading this guide, kids should be able to identify the butterflies and flowers in their own backyard or park. (Ages 4 and up)
  3. Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best – This book takes readers through the life of a girl growing up and learning how to ride. As she gets older, Sally Jean works in a junk shop and learns how to build a new bicycle from different parts. She learns new skills and even gives back to the community! (Ages 4 and up)
  4. EcoArt!: Earth-Friendly Arts and Crafts Experiences for 3-to-9 Year-Olds by Laurie Carlson – If your kid loves art, then this book will keep her or him busy throughout the summer. The crafts use natural materials such as bark, twigs, and plants, and each activity is marked with a level of difficulty. (Ages 4 and up)
  5.  Farewell to Shady Glade by Bill Peet – This book, published back in 1981, is one of Peet’s most well-known stories.  It follows a group of animal friends that have been pushed out of their forest by a bulldozer and now must find a new place to live. (Ages 5 and up)
  6. Where Does Garbage Go? by Paul Showers – Kids always seem fascinated by garbage, and this book is a great introduction to the process of throwing things away. It breaks down what happens in the landfill, as well as the recycling center. Kids can see why for themselves why recycling is so important. (Ages 5 and up)
  7. Grow Your Own Pizza by Constance Hardesty – Not only does this book have a great title, but summer is the perfect time to introduce kids to growing their own food! With easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams, it is a great book for families that like to garden together. (Ages 8 and up)
  8. National Parks Guide U.S.A. by National Geographic Kids – If you are taking a family vacation this year, this book can educate kids about America’s national parks. It was published just a few months ago, and is divided by region. There are photos, fun facts, tips, and cool things to do for each park. (Ages 8 and up)
  9. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen – This quirky book is an ecological mystery about saving endangered owls. While the storyline has a few suspenseful scenes, it keeps kids engaged with its humor and unusual hero. (Ages 10 and up)

Do you have any books for kids that you want to recommend to other Sierra Club Green Home readers? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments section!

For related articles, see:
Healthy Lunches Without Waste or BPA
Kids Promote Sustainability with Green Your Schools 

 

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