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Green Children's Books

Welcome to the Congregational Stewardship Services page of reviewed green-themed children's books. These reviews are meant to give some insight into what children's literature is out there on this subject and hopefully they will inspire you to begin (or continue) on your quest for information on being green. Enjoy!

5 Stars

  • The Sun in Me compiled by Judith Nicholls
    This is a great collection of poems that are beautifully written about nature. These poems, while great for young folks, can also be enjoyed by adults as well. The pictures in this book are also stunning.
     
  • Wind Bird: Gift of Mist by Sarah Stiles Bright
    A member of the Passamaquoddy tribe in eastern Maine told the story of wind bird tod the author of this book. When wind bird and the people of the lake do not shift their ways of living, the delicate balance of the ecosystem is disrupted. It is only when wind bird and a key member of the tribe begin to work together that the Earth is cared for in a way that will preserve its beauty for generations to come.
     
  • Mother Earth: Poems of our Planet selected by Jane Yolen
    This collection of poems is excellent, with a consistent theme of environmentalism and the importance of nature throughout.
     
  • The Barefoot Books of Earth Tales by Dawn Casey and Anne Wilson
    This book is a collection of folk tales and craft projects from all over the world and can be enjoyed by virtually any age group. Each story has a strong message that teaches the reader about the difference in cultures and the importance of harmony between people and nature.
     
  • Curious George Plants a Tree by Margret & H.A. Rey
    When Curious George and his friend go to the local science museum, there is a special exhibit where one can learn about how to save our planet from pollution and trash. George runs into the museum director as they are leaving and the director says that they are having a "Green Day" tomorrow, so George and his friend decide to participate. They are no going to put what they learned into action, and "Green Day" ends successfully.
     
  • Earth Book for Kids by Linda Schwartz
    This book presents basic information that teaches kids about environmental terms such as litter, energy, and oil spills. There are also creative and simple activities for children to participate in that stimulate learning and are fun. This book is great for any child that is interested in environmental action.
     
  • Earth Dance by Joanne Ryder
    This children's book paints a picture for the reader of what it would be like to be the Earth. It walks the reader through all the different things the Earth experiences as the home to billions of people, plants and animals.
     
  • Earth Day: An Alphabet Book by Gary Kowalski
    This children's book goes through each letter in the alphabet and different aspects of the environment (plants, animals) are named. The illustrations in this book are beautifully done and help to capture the beauty of the natural world.
     
  • Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
    This children's book takes the reader through the alphabet and with each letter presented there are a number of fruits and vegetables named and illustrated.
     
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    This classic children's book is a coming-of-age story about the relationship between a boy and a tree. This tree continues to give all that it can to the boy and cherishes their relationship with one another. The boy, over time, realizes how much the tree has given and the story ends with these two old friends together after many years of separation.
     
  • The Lorax by Dr. Suess
    This classic children's book tells the story of the Once-ler who cuts down all the Truffula trees for his business, leaving the animals no choice but to leave as their environment becomes polluted and destroyed. The word that the Lorax leaves Once-ler with is "Unless," and Once-ler finally realizes that this means that unless people care about the environment, it will continue to be destroyed.
     
  • Mud by Mary Lyn Ray
    This children's book is about the coming of spring and the way the Earth changes when the transition occurs.
     
  • Our Big Home by Linda Glaser
    This children's book is about the elements of earth (water, wind, air, dirt) and how we all share these things together because the earth is just one big home for all of us.
     
  • Winston of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming by Jean Davies Okimoto
    The main character in this story is a polar bear (written to imitate the late political figure Winston Churchill), who gathers his fellow polar bears and protests against global warming. At the end of the story there is a page that explains specifically how the polar bears are being affected by climate change as well as the history of how Winston the polar bear got his name.

4 Stars

  • Grandad's Prayers of the Earth by Douglas Wood
    The story follows a boy who is learning about prayer, and about how the earth and nature has their own ways of praying, too.
     
  • Greening the City Streets by Barbara A. Huff
    This is a great book that can be enjoyed by both children and adults on how to maintain and enjoy community gardens in the most urban areas in the country.
     
  • Four Seasons of Corn by Sally Hunter
    This children's book talks about the Winnebago tradition of corn harvesting. The story follows a teenage boy named Russell and his year of harvesting corn with his family and friends.
     
  • The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering by Gordon Regguinti
    This book describes how the Ojibway people of Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota gather wild rice for harvesting each year.
     
  • The Talking Vegetables Retold by Won-Ldy Paye & Margaret H. Lippert
    This story comes from the region of northeastern Liberia and tells the tale of a spider who would not help his community create a vegetable garden. As a result, the spider gets into some trouble when he tries to pick the vegetables growing in the garden to enjoy for himself.
     
  • Water by Frank Asch
    This children's book discusses the many forms of water, and the importance of water. The illustrations in this book are truly one of a kind.
     
  • Water Dance by Thomas Locke
    Accompanied by breathtaking illustrations, this story illustrates the many purposes of water, and the various forms in which it can take.
     
  • A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney
    This story follows the cycle of water and, in turn, illustrates the many purposes water serves. This story reminds the reader of how important water is to the proper, healthy functioning of Earth.
     
  • Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass and Debbie Harter
    Herb, a vegetarian dragon, is captured by the townspeople by mistake because they believe he is one of the meat-eating dragons that have been eating the people of Nogard. In the end, the lives of all the dragons are spared and meat-eaters and vegetarians learn to live in harmony together.
     
  • Doing the Animal Bop by Jan Ormerod and Lindsey Gardiner
    This story is about what the authors call the "animal bop." There are enjoyable rhymes for many different types of animals in this book, and it comes with a music CD too so kids can sing along.
     
  • The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter and Fred Penner
    This book takes the reader through the different songs of animals in the wild. Along with the book there is a CD so kids can sing along as they read.
     
  • Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share by Molly Bang
    This book has beautiful illustrations that help to explain the issue surrounding common group on our planet (water, fossil fuels, forests). The story explains that with everyone sharing the common ground and taking from it because it benefits them in the short run, we are not creating a sustainable future. The author urges the reader to remember that once our common ground is exhausted, we have no where else to go, so we must come up with a solution now.
     
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
    A boy named Liam lives in a city and enjoys exploring. After years of pollution, though, the city has become dreary with barely any greenery. Over the course of his adventuring, Liam finds a spot in the city with plant life and decides to help them grow. Over time, the city begins to transform.
     
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
    This children's book takes the reader through the diary of a teenage worm and his experiences with family, friends and school.
     
  • The Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong
    Steve, a dumpster diver, sees much of the trash that people throw away as a way to create something new for him and his friends. By using his creativity he he helps to save the environment by not buying something he needs or wants brand new.
     
  • Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder
    This children's book instructs the reader to be aware of the animals around oneself, but to also protect them and take care of them.
     
  • The Earth and I by Frank Asch
    This is a story about a little boy and his friendship with the Earth. He discusses some of the many things he does with the Earth.
     
  • The Everything Kids' Environment Book by Sheri Amsel
    This book is great for children of all ages. Complete with nine chapters, there is a lot of information provided such as how to understand the environment and actions to preserve the environment and there are many simple and practical concepts and solutions for kids to incorporate into their daily life. Additionally, there are great puzzles throughout the book that are excellent "green activities" for children.
     
  • A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids by Julie Hall
    This children's book focuses on climate change. Each chapter discusses different aspects of climate change such as the causes of climate change, what people are doing to fight climate change, and how climate change is affecting our world. This book would be great for students from elementary to middle school.
     
  • I Can Save the Earth! by Alison Inches
    This children's book is about a little green monster that does not conserve energy or recycle. However, during a blackout he begins to see the wonders of the Earth and learns to do his part in helping the environment by following the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle. This book also has a page of definitions to the more difficult words found in the story.
     
  • Jack's Garden by Henry Cole
    This story takes the reader through the beginning to the end of the life of a garden that was planted by the main character, Jack.
     
  • Mother Earth and her Children by Sibylle Von Olfers
    Originally written over 100 years ago, this story reflects on nature and the changing of the seasons. The accompanying illustrations are in the form of a quilt that was created as the illustrators tribute to this important story.
     
  • The Polar Bear's Home by Lara Bergen
    This children's book is about polar bears living in the arctic. The book follows a father and daughter as the father explains to the daughter how polar bears live and how global warming is affecting them. At the end of the book, there are tips on how you can do your part in helping protect the bolar bears' home.
     
  • The Race Against Junk Food, Starring the S.N.A.K. Posse by Anthony Buono, Roy Nemerson & Brian Silberman
    This children's book takes the main character, Tommy, into a contest in Freshworld to compete against the Sugar Coat Gang in a relay race. The Sugar Coat Gang threatens to take over Freshworld, but with hard work this team, made up of fruits and vegetables, beats the team of junk food, proving once and for all that they are better for you.

3 Stars

  • We like to Help Cook by Marcus Allsop
    This is a story about cooking together with your family and how enjoyable it is to learn new things to do in the kitchen, even for a very young child.
     
  • In the Garden by Leslie Bockol
    A cute story for young children about being in the garden with family and what types of things can grow in a garden. There is added materials in the back of the book, too, such as recipes for organic food.
     
  • The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
    A mother and daughter plant in their garden one year, but the daughter can't figure out why their garden is ugly and without flowers. Soon enough, she learns that what is growing in their gardens are vegetables, and by the end of the story she realizes how valuable their garden really is!
     
  • A Day at the Market by Sara Anderson
    This story tells the tale of the 100-year-old working farmers market called Seattle's Pike Place Market, located in Seattle, WA. Through the hustle and bustle of the day, the author explains what its like to have lived above the market for a quarter century.
     
  • One Well by Rochele Strauss
    This book talks about the Earth as a "global well" and says that this well is in trouble because of pollution. The author gives suggestions to children and adults at the end of the story and encourages people to be "well aware."
     
  • Whole World by Christopher Corr & Fred Penner
    This book takes the tune from the original song, "He's got the Whole World in His Hands" by Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) and puts it into a story. There is additional resources in the book that has information about how to prevent global warming, the music sheet for the original song, and a sing along CD disk as well.
     
  • No Eat Not Food by Rick Sanger
    Jen and Brian encounter what they think is an alien named NoEat. After meeting NoEat, they meet Lulu who lives on a farm and talks to Jen and Bria nabout the importance of eating real food and also how important sustainability is.
     
  • The Adventures of an Aluminum Can by Alison Inches
    This children's book follows an aluminum can from the beginning when it was part of the earth to the end as an aluminum bat that scores a home run in a baseball game. This book also has a page of definitions for the more difficult words found in the story.
     
  • The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches
    This children's book follows a plastic bottle from the beginning when it was in the deepest part of the ocean floor to the end as a synthetic fleece as an astronaut in outer space. This book also has a page of definitions for the more difficult words found in the story.
     
  • A Child's Introduction to the Environment by Michael Driscoll & Professor Dennis Driscoll
    This book teaches children about the basics in exploring the world's oceans, deserts, cities, farms, and much more. There are helpful tips included on how we can protect the environment and simple projects and experiments for children to try to inspire them to make a positive environmental impact.
     
  • Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
    This children's book strives to show children that they can plant, grow, care for, and be responsible for their own food. The book follows the child and parent through this process.
     
  • I Love Our Earth by Bill Martin Jr & Michael Sampson
    This children's book describes what specifically happens to the environment as the seasons change, and confesses that these changes are what the author loves about the earth.
     
  • Journey for the Planet: A Kid's Five Week Adventure to Create an Earth-Friendly Life by David Gershon
    This is a children's activity book that is broken down into five sections with each section representing a weeks worth of activities. Each page describes why an earth action should be taken to start the student off. It then discusses in detail the Earth Action (or activity), the materials that are necessary for the project to be completed, and the time it would take to complete. Lastly, there is a section that describes how exactly you will be saving the earth by completing this action.
     
  • Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
    This story is about a family that builds a house but spares one large tree that they named Steve. This tree stays with the family throughout their lives until it one day falls during a storm. For this family, the tree represents "peace that comes from having things you can count on and a safe place to return after a hard day or a long trip."
     
  • Teaching Kids to Love the Earth by Marina Lachecki, Joseph Passineau, Ann Linnea & Paul Treuer
    This book is written to encourage children to become more intrigued by the wonder of the earth. Some of these different topics include curiosity, exploration, discovery and sharing. Each section also has a real-life story regarding different experiences the authors have had on these topics. Lastly, at the end of each section there is a "Did You Know?" Section that has a lot of different information in it; some write ups were about famous naturalists and some just give helpful tips on how to complete natural activities.
     
  • The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
    This book explains everything one would need to know about vegetables. The child will learn about everything from different kinds of vegetables to how they are grown to where they go after being harvested.

2 Stars

  • The Tale of Three Trees Retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
    Discusses the journey that three trees make and what their purpose became in the world after being cut down.
     
  • My first Garden by Wendy Lewison
    A book to be enjoyed by very young children that explains what grows in a vegetable garden.
     
  • Come and Eat with us! Unknown Author
    This book follows different children around the world and sees what each of them eats for dinner with their family in their home country. There are liftable flaps on each page that have a hidden picture surprise for young children to enjoy.
     
  • That's Why We don't Eat Animals by Ruby Roth
    The author describes why we should take care of animals and not eat them. A word of caution about this book, though; for young children, it might be upsetting to see some of the images of factory farms and hear about some of the cruelties that are inflicted upon animals of the earth. However, at the same time, the reality of how animals are treated might be enlightening for a young child.
     
  • The Organic Adventures of Tucker the Tomatoby Rey Ortega and Amanda Moeckel
    This is the story of the journey of Tucker the Tomato, who has fallen off the truck that held all of his organic tomato friends. Tucker's mission is to try to find his way back to them.
     
  • The Organic Farm by Shawn R. Frost
    Blaise and his father go to an organic farm and explore the ways in which an organic farmer grows his/her crops and takes care of his.her animals.
     
  • Big Green Teacher: "It's Easy Being Green" by Michelle Y. Glennon
    Ms. Knoodle is a teacher who teaches her class about recycling. The students learn about the process of recycling, and then also learn about different activities they can do to be green. Ms. Knoodle's message to the students is that it actually is pretty easy being green!
     
  • Children of the Earth: Remember by Schim Schimmel
    This story begins by discussing the history of the earth, before people even inhabited Earth, up until present time. The overarching theme of the book is to encourage people to not forget that they are brothers and sisters with the animals, and that it is necessary to share the planet.
     
  • Compost! Growing Gardens from your Garbage by Linda Glasers
    This children's book explains the process of composting and importance of compost and how it is a natural way of recycling.
     
  • Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter from Home by Schim Schimmel
    This story is told in the form of a letter from the perspective of Mother Earth addressed to all inhabitants of Earth. This letter asks us to remember that all animals are our brothers and sisters and encourages us to remember that it is our responsibility to protect and care for them.
     
  • The Family of Earth by Schim Schimmel
    The goal of this book is to remind the reader that Earth is a shared planet and all its varied life must respect one another.

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Last updated on Friday, July 20, 2012.

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