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17 Books to Celebrate Earth Day

From the tiniest bug that crawls on the earth, to the great minds who strive to learn and protect it, these books celebrate our big, round world. Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to learn, celebrate, and spread the word about great books for kids. Within this collection of picture books, readers can meet amazing scientists like Meg Lowman and Charles Henry Turner, and discover wonderful poetry for children that’s written to praise our precious planet—the churning forces deep underground, the beautiful birds that fly through the sky, and everything in between.

Explore these 17 Books that Celebrate Earth Day and click on any title to peek inside and learn more!

 

Thunder Underground

Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen

By JANE YOLEN
Illustrated by JOSÉE MASSE

In this collection of poems, noted children’s poet Jane Yolen takes readers on an expedition underground, exploring everything from animal burrows and human creations, like subways, near the surface—to ancient cities and fossils, lower down—to caves, magma, and Earth’s tectonic plates, deeper still below our feet.

 

The Great Big Green

The Great Big Green by Peggy Gifford

By PEGGY GIFFORD
Illustrated by LISA DESIMINI

Just what exactly is the “thing”? It is green—great and gorgeous green, dark and dangerous green, real mean green. And it’s got green things—broccoli and praying mantises, watermelons and waves of mountains. It’s green, green, green all over . . . except where it’s blue.

 

Grow

Grow by Joann Early Macken

An ideal birthday or baby gift, Grow is a triumphant celebration of how young animals — and people — grow into unique individuals. . . Grow is a glorious ode to the wonders of growing up.

 

Garbage Island

Garbage Island by Fred Koehler

By FRED KOEHLER

For fans of Stuart Little and Poppy, here is a middle-grade adventure in which a mouse and a shrew, lost at sea, try to navigate to their home in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Braving multiple dangers, they discover they have more in common than they could ever have imagined.

 

It’s a Round, Round World!

It's a Round, Round World! by Ellie Peterson

By ELLIE PETERSON

We all know the earth is round. But HOW do we know? Join intrepid young scientist-adventurer Joulia Copernicus as she takes readers on a historical journey through time and space.

 

The Reason for the Seasons

The Reason for the Seasons by Ellie Peterson

By ELLIE PETERSON

We all know there are four seasons in a year. But HOW do we know? Join intrepid young scientist-adventurer Joulia Copernicus on a journey around the world as she explains with humor and wit how we know what causes the seasons.

 

The Leaf Detective

The Leaf Detective by Heather Lang

By HEATHER LANG
Illustrated by JANA CHRISTY

This picture book biography tells the story of Meg Lowman, a groundbreaking female scientist called a “real life Lorax” by National Geographic, who was determined to investigate the marvelous, undiscovered world of the rainforest treetops.

 

The Secret Life of the Sloth

The Secret Life of the Sloth by Laurence Pringle

By LAURENCE PRINGLE
Illustrated by KATE GARCHINSKY

A year in the life of a sloth is revealed in this stunningly illustrated nonfiction picture book, the latest in the popular The Secret Life series.

 

The Secret Life of the Skunk

The Secret Life of the Skunk by Laurence Pringle

By LAURENCE PRINGLE
Illustrated by KATE GARCHINSKY

Discover the secret behaviors of a notoriously stinky mammal–the skunk–by following a family as the kits grow from infancy to adulthood.

 

The Secret Life of the Red Fox

The Secret Life of the Red Fox by Laurence Pringle

By LAURENCE PRINGLE
Illustrated by KATE GARCHINSKY

This gorgeous and lyrical picture book follows a year in the life of a red fox named Vixen.

 

Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems

Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems by Jane Yolen

By JANE YOLEN
Photographed by JASON STEMPLE

In Bug Off! readers meet thirteen bugs in playful, humorous poems and startling, intimate photographs. Nonfiction prose paragraphs broaden the perspective: Children will learn how bees make honey, that many butterflies can taste food with their feet, that lovebugs can fly higher than the Empire State Building, and much more.

 

The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat

The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat by Laurence Pringle

By LAURENCE PRINGLE
Illustrated by KATE GARCHINSKY

Learn about a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis. This gorgeous and lyrical picture book follows a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis as he learns to be a hunter, escape predators, and find a mate.

 

The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar

The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle

By LAURENCE PRINGLE
Illustrated by JOAN PALEY

Kids often spot woolly bear caterpillars creeping across the ground in fall, but these furry-looking creatures seem to disappear as quickly as they pop up. Where do they come from in autumn, and where do they go?

 

Boom! Bellow! Bleat!

Boom! Bellow! Bleat! by Georgia Heard

By GEORGIA HEARD
Illustrated by AARON DEWITT

A NCTE Notable Poetry Book • This playful collection of poems–peppered with an astounding variety of animal sounds–is meant to be read aloud together.

 

You Nest Here with Me

You Nest Here with Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple

By JANE YOLEN and HEIDI E. Y. STEMPLE
Illustrated by MELISSA SWEET

With rhyming text, this soothing bedtime book is an ode to baby birds everywhere and sleepy children home safe in their own beds. As a mother describes to her child how many species of birds nest, from pigeons on concrete ledges to owls in oak tree boles to swallows above barn doors.

 

Buzzing with Questions

Buzzing with Questions by Janice N. Harrington

By JANICE N. HARRINGTON
Illustrated by THEODORE TAYLOR, III

A NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book • Can spiders learn? How do ants find their way home? Can bugs see color? All of these questions buzzed endlessly in Charles Henry Turner’s mind. As the first Black entomologist, he was fascinated by plants and animals and bugs. And even when he faced racial prejudice, Turner did not stop wondering.

 

Seed, Soil, Sun

Seed, Soil, Sun by Cris Peterson

By CRIS PETERSON
Photographed by DAVID R. LUNDQUIST

Seed. Soil. Sun. With these simple ingredients, nature creates our food. Noted author Cris Peterson brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest, and renewal in this American Farm Bureau Foundation’s Agriculture Book of the Year.

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