Earth Day, Every Day

These picture books focus on the relationship between humans and the environment. You may want to pair them with books from the Nature book list or the Earth Day section of the Holiday books. For nonfiction books that emphasize Earth Day, please visit the 333 and 363s. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AmbroseThe Lonely Giant
A giant pulls up the forest and finds he is lonely without it.
JE Ambrose
AschThe Earth and I
This introduction to environmentalism describes a child's friendship with the earth.
JE Asch
BaseUno's Garden
Uno's magnificent forest home attracts so many visitors that it becomes overrun with tourists.
JE Base
BaylorThe Desert Is Theirs
Simple text and illustrations evoke the desert and its plant, animal, and human life.
JE Baylor
BrettThe Umbrella
While Carlos climbs a tree to discover wildlife, animals discover his umbrella.
JE Brett
CherryThe Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
Animals ask a man with an ax not to cut down their home in a kapok tree.
JE Cherry
ChildWhat Planet Are You From, Clarice Bean?
Clarice and her family become eco-warriors in an attempt to save a tree.
JE Child
ColeOn Meadowview Street
Caroline and her parents cultivate a meadow in their yard so their street can live up to its name.
JE Cole
GarlandSummer Sands
A beach community uses old Christmas trees to help restore the local dunes.
JE Garland
HibbsErrol's Garden
Errol discovers a secret spot in the city and works with his friends to transform it into a garden.
JE Hibbs
JohnstonIsabel's House of Butterflies
Isabel hatches a plan to provide her family with an income while protecting local butterflies.
JE Johnston
JulesThe Generous Fish
In this touching tale of environmental stewardship, villagers must help a fish that has shared its scales with them in times of need.
JE Jules
KrollStuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Pinch the pack rat discovers the beauty of recycling.
JE Kroll
MacKayButterfly Park
A girl finds a way to return the butterflies to Butterfly Park.
JE MacKay
MartinI Love Our Earth
Sets the context for Earth Day by celebrating nature's colors, climates, landscapes, and seasons.
JE Martin
MeserveNo Room for Napoleon
Napoleon the dog has built a house that takes up too many resources. How can he make things right with his neighbors?
JE Meserve
OramSnowboy and the last Tree Standing
Snowboy learns a game that endangers the trees in the forest and the fish in the ocean. What happens when everything's gone?
JE Oram
When a green baby creature appears farm, the Barleycorns take it in and become part of its natural world—at least for a season.
JE Pinfold
SayreThank you, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet
A love letter to the Earth shares striking photographic images from around the world.
JE Sayre
SenabriaAs Time Went By
A steamship makes a journey across time from luxury and exclusivity, to stewardship and inclusion.
JE Senabria
SeussThe Lorax
The Once-ler describes effects of greed and the pollution it causes.
JE Seuss
SpinelliMiss Fox's Class Goes Green
Miss Fox and her class make choices that help keep the planet healthy.
JE Spinelli
Pandora's care for an injured bird also transforms the wounded landscape.
JE Turnbull
WilsonThe Girl Who Spoke to the Moon: A Story About Friendship and Loving Our Earth
Little Sofia sees our planet from the Moon's point of view and is inspired to do help protect our Earth.
JE Wilson
PierceMy Busy Green Garden
A lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees, and birds that make the garden a busy place.
JEER Pierce
A young whale seeks out a child who shares her vision of a planet fit for all.
J Illus Turk
Van AllsburgJust a Dream
After a series of dreams, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment.
JE Illus Van Allsburg
SekiThe Last Kappa of Old Japan
Kappas, the beings who keep the water clean, have been driven away. But one returns and tries to help.
398.2 AS Seki

Last Updated: 4/20


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