Earth Day might seem like an odd holiday, especially to children. Rather than feasting, exchanging gifts or relaxing with family, we pick up trash, plant trees and practice the three R’s. But Earth Day is especially important for children, as one day they will inherit our planet, whatever its condition.
So kick off the day by reading a book about the earth and the environment. It’s a wonderful way to introduce children to the concept of caring for their surroundings and a great excuse to spend quality cuddle time together.
The Curious Garden
Author: Peter Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Ages 3 to 5
One day, a young boy exploring a drab gray city discovers a struggling garden. He takes it upon himself to help the plants grow. As time passes, the garden thrives, transforming the city into a vibrant green oasis. The beautiful illustrations become brighter as the garden grows.
What Does It Mean to Be Green?
Author: Rana DiOrio
Publisher: Little Pickle Press
Ages 4 to 7
This colorful, educational book shows children what it means to be green in everyday ways that they can relate to. PAMP’s brand engagement and social media coordinator Tom Schreiber had the chance to chat with DiOrio, who is also the founder and CEO of Little Pickle Press, and fellow author Land Wilson about their books and Earth Day.
What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?
Author: Anna Alter
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Ages 4 and up
In this activity book, children will find 13 poems about animals deciding how to reuse everyday items. Each poem is followed by easy-to-follow instructions to help children reuse the item. The book also includes a section detailing actions families can take to support reuse and recycling.
On the Day You Were Born
Author: Debra Frasier
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Ages 5 and up
The earth and all its miracles welcome a new life into the world. Author Debra Frasier details each element as it relates to this new arrival, showcasing the interconnectedness of the earth, its forces and its beings. At the end of this mystical celebration, Frasier includes explanations of the phenomena that were featured.
Author: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Ages 6 and up
In this sad but hopeful story about industrialization and environmental devastation, the Lorax is a creature that speaks for the trees. He tries without success to get his message across to the evil Once-ler, who is chopping down trees and ruining the environment to mass-produce an item that everyone needs — but no one knows why.
Margaret Greanias (email@example.com) is an aspiring children’s picture book author. She has two young children and lives in Los Altos.
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