It’s never too early to start learning to love our planet. Titles like The Earth Book are a great way to introduce little ones to the concept of sustainability. Plus, reading to your baby is one of the best things you can do to develop their language skills–along with “conversing” with, mimicking, and narrating your actions.

As they get older, adding other great planet-friendly reads to their library will strengthen their love of our earth. We’ve curated a list of favorites for all ages, to help build your kiddos’ love and appreciation for the Earth.

Unfortunately, introducing your kids to your local library might not be possible right now (thanks, COVID!), but there are abundant resources available online to purchase books or to listen to them for free. If you’d like to support local and independent bookstores, bookshop.org is a wonderful resource, and YouTube is a great place to look for free recordings of authors, celebrities, and bloggers reading books they love. We’ll share all the links and good below!

 

Our Favorite Earth Books

 

The Earth Book
By Todd Parr @toddparr
Published by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers @littlebrownyoungreaders
Ages 2-7

The Earth Book YouTube – PV Storytime – performed by a child

The Earth Book YouTube – Todd Parr – read by the author

The Earth Book on Bookshop

 

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
By Mary McKenna Siddals
Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Published by Dragonfly Books (Penguin Random House) @penguinkids
Ages 3-7

Compost Stew (Let’s Learn About Compost) YouTube

Compost Stew on Bookshop

 

We Are Water Protectors
By Carole Lindstrom @carolelindstrum
Illustrated by Michaela Goade @Michaelagoade
Published by Roaring Brook Press (MacMillan) @mackidsbooks
Ages 3-6

We Are Water Protectors YouTube – read by author & interview

We Are Water Protectors YouTube – Reading with Ronina

We Are Water Protectors on Bookshop

 

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees
By Frank Prevot
Illustrated by Aurélia Fronty @aureliafronty
Published by Charlesbridge @charlesbridgepublishing
Grades 1-4

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees  YouTube – Sankofa Read Aloud

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees on Bookshop

 

All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff
Written and Illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
Published by Paula Wiseman Books (Simon & Schuster) @simonkids
Grades PreK-3

All That Trash – YouTube – Meghan McCarthy – no audio, just visuals posted by author

All That Trash on Bookshop

 

Plastic

Plastic: Past, Present, and Future
Written by Eun-Ju Kim
Illustrated by Ji-Won Lee, Translated by Joungmin Lee Comfort
Grades 3-6

Plastic: Past, Present, and Future on Bookshop

We’d love to hear your other favorites — drop them in the comments below!