CA 28 August, 2018 No Comment

10 brilliant books to teach about the environment

Following on from last week’s post on activities to do with children to help teach them about sustainability, today I am listing some books I love that you can read with the children. I’d love to hear about any I have missed. Please leave a comment below. I’ve added links to where you can but these books new, but you’ll also find them secondhand on the likes of eBay or, better still,  borrow them from your library.

ONE PLASTIC BAG ISTOU CEESAY

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Miranda Paul)
This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world. (FIND OUT MORE)

Olivias Birds

Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf (Olivia Bouler)
One 11 year-old girl did make a difference, and written in her own words, this unique introduction to backyard and endangered birds features Olivia’s hand-drawn illustrations, bird facts, and more. (FIND OUT MORE)

Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth (Nicola Davies)
There are living things everywhere: the more we look, the more we find. How many different kinds? Lots! A beautifully illustrated introduction to the concept of biodiversity for younger readers. (FIND OUT MORE)

A River Marc Martin

A River (Marc Martin)
An imaginary journey from the city to the sea. From factories to farmlands, freeways to forest, each new landscape is explored through stunning illustrations and poetic text. (FIND OUT MORE)

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (Lynne Cherry)
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home. This one comes highly rated. (FIND OUT MORE)

Albert Ross The Albatross: Blue Spaghetti (Nicola Leigh)
Albert finds a new type of food is replacing all of his fish: a mystery called “blue spaghetti.” He sees animals become sick and tangled up from this new food so tries to clean up the ocean. Great introduction to saving our oceans. (FIND OUT MORE)

Air (David Palatnik & Israel Felzenszwalb)
This book shows the importance of the air purity; the different forms of its presence in nature and how it is important along with reasons to respect and take care of the air. Witty illustrations. (FIND OUT MORE)

Learn How to Protect Our Oceans with Finn (Georgina Stevens)
The story has a strong but upbeat message for children about the impact of ocean plastic on our marine life and includes an A-Z with lots of ideas for children to try to reduce their use of plastic. We love that (FIND OUT MORE)

Ten Things I Can Do to Help My World (Melanie Walsh)

Ten Things I Can Do to Help My World (Melanie Walsh)
A beautifully simple book for small children where transforming pages reveal ten things that everyone can do to help conserve their world. I also found this brilliant activity sheet to support the book. (FIND OUT MORE)

How to give up plastic will mccallum

How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time (Will McCallum)
Easy to digest (although shocking) facts about how bad the plastic problem is. For older children, this guide informs and then gives practical advice. Its authored by the ‘head of oceans’ at Greenpeace! (FIND OUT MORE)

 

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