Every Day Is Earth Day

This year, April 22nd marked the 50th Earth Day. The Earth Day Network’s mission is “To build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet.” However, every day can be Earth Day when we care about how our actions affect the planet we live on. Find below several inspirational and educational children’s resources focused on climate change. Learn what we can do to celebrate and save our planet Earth.

For more information on Earth Day, visit the official website: https://www.earthday.org/about-us/

If you’re interested in finding more books about climate change, search the catalog using keywords such as “juvenile fiction” for fiction books, “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books, and an additional term such as “climate change,” “global warming,” or “environmental science.”

Bennett, Jeffrey O.
A Global Warming Science Primer. 2016 (Non-fiction).
Following a Question and Answer format, this book dives deep into the science behind global warming and seeks to debunk some skeptic arguments. Included sections are, “The Basic Science,” “The Skeptic Debate,” “The Expected Consequences,” “The Solution,” and “A Letter to Your Grandchildren.” This book is great for older readers who want to get a better understanding of how global warming occurs.
[S.363.73874 B4394g]

Cole, Joanna
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge. 2010 (Non-fiction).
In classic Magic School Bus style, Ms. Frizzle and her class explore how global warming is affecting the planet and learn about a large number of ways to take action.
[Q. S.551.6 C6753m]

Collard III, Sneed B.
Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival. 2016 (Non-fiction).
Many animals have coats that change color with the seasons in order to better camouflage themselves from predators or prey. With a focus on snowshoe hares, this book seeks to answer what happens when the changing climate disrupts this process.
[Q. S.599.328 C684h]

Eriksson, Ann
Dive in! Exploring our Connection with the Ocean. 2018 (Non-fiction).
As humans, the ocean is incredibly important to us, yet we treat it poorly. This digestible book provides action plans for the individual hoping to help improve the health of the ocean.
[S.551.46 Er46di]

Guiberson, Brenda Z.
Earth: Feeling the Heat. 2010 (Picture Book).
This beautifully illustrated book focuses on specific animals from all over the globe, detailing their particular struggles with climate change that may inevitably lead to their endangerment or extinction. Each page asks, “Who can help?” Readers are left with a list of small changes they can make to reduce energy use, and a prompt to think of even more.
[S.577.276 B94e]

Knowles, Laura
The Coral Kingdom. 2018 (Picture Book).
With beautiful illustrations, this simple rhyming exploration of the coral reefs fosters an appreciation of one of our most delicate ecosystems. Included is additional information on coral bleaching, as well as tips for helping to save the coral reefs.
[Q. SE. K762co]

Oram, Hiawyn
Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing. 2018 (Picture Book).
Greenbackboy wants Snowboy to help him chop down all the trees in the forest and catch all the fish in the ocean in order to acquire KA-CHING. Snowboy is less sure that this plan will work, since trees give us the air we breathe, and the sea is dead without fish. Will Snowboy be able to convince Greenbackboy about what is right? Highlighting the power of the individual voice, this imaginative story is full of hope.
[Q. SE. Or13sn]

Pasquet, Jacques
My Wounded Island. 2017 (Picture Book).
In this story centered on the lives of the Iñupiat people living on a small northern island, a little girl chronicles her fears of the rising sea that will soon swallow the island on which she and her people live. Especially poignant is her grandfather’s worry that once they are displaced, their entire culture will be lost.
[SE. P265m:E]

Swanson, Jennifer
Geoengineering Earth’s Climate: Resetting the Thermostat. 2018 (Non-fiction).
With the changing climate, many possible solutions involving interfering with Earth’s systems have been suggested to counteract the change. This book dives in to the pros and cons of several of these suggestions which include reforestation, space mirrors, and carbon capture.
[S.551.68 Sw247g]

Williams, Lily
If Polar Bears Disappeared. 2018 (Non-fiction)
Follow the chain reaction of what could happen if polar bears go extinct due to the melting of arctic ice. The cute illustrations do not mask the gravity of entire ecosystems being destroyed, however the story does end on a hopeful note, citing that it is not too late for change.
[Q. S.577.09113 W6739if]


The Environment and Global Warming

The state of the earth’s environment is of increasing concern. Daily news reports describe the effects of global warming. Fortunately, a wide variety of environmental literature is available for curious kids. From informative books about climate change to fun magazines about wildlife, the following list will keep kids entertained during the hot summer months.


Barr, Gary
Climate change: Is the World in Danger? 2007.
Explores the scientific facts about climate change and the debates over the cause.
[Education S Collection: S.551.6 B271c]

Burns, Loree Griffin
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion. 2007.
Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents.
[Education S Collection: Q.S.551.462 B937t]

Cone, Molly
Come Back, Salmon. 1992.
Describes the efforts of the Jackson Elementary School in Everett, Washington, to clean up a nearby stream, stock it with salmon, and preserve it as an unpolluted place where the salmon could return to spawn.
[Education Storage: S. 639.3755 C756C]

Gore, Albert
An Inconvenient Truth: the Crisis of Global Warming. 2007.
In this juvenile companion to the acclaimed documentary, Gore documents the steeply rising carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere, and links that to accelerating changes in temperature and precipitation patterns worldwide. Using easy-to-grasp graphics and revealing before-and-after photos, he shows how glaciers and ice shelves are disappearing all over the globe with alarming speed, pointing to profound climate changes and increased danger from rising sea levels in the near future.
[Education S Collection: S.363.73874 G66a]

Maze, Stephanie
I Want To Be an Environmentalist. 2000.
Describes career opportunities within the field of environmentalism and suggests ways to pursue such a career.
[Education S Collection: S.363.70023 M456i]

Pringle, Laurence P.
The Environmental Movement: From Its Roots to the Challenges of a New Century. 2000.
Chronicles the history, key players, and future challenges of the environmental movement.
[Education S Collection: S.363.7052509 P936e]

Rockwell, Anne
Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?: the Dangers of Global Warming. 2006.
Tells about the greenhouse effect, recycling, and what you can do to help fight global warming.
[Center for Children’s Books: Q.S. 363.738 R593w]

Taylor, Barbara
How to Save the Planet. 2001.
Discusses such environmental concerns as depletion of the ozone layer, global warming, air and water pollution, recycling, wildlife conservation, and more.
[Education S-Collection: S.363.7 T212h]


Cherry, Lynne
The Great Kapok Tree: a Tale of the Amazon Rainforest. 1990.
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.
[Education S-Collection: Q.SE. C424G]

Child, Lauren
What Planet are You From Clarice Bean? 2002.
When Clarice has to do a school project on the environment, she and her family become eco-warriors in an attempt to save a tree on their street.
[Education S-Collection: S.C437w]

Cooper, Susan
Green Boy. 2002.
Twelve-year-old Trey and his seven-year-old brother Lou, who does not speak, cross the barrier between two worlds, that of their island in the Bahamas, and a land called Pangaia, and play a mysterious role in restoring the natural environment in both places.
[Education Storage: S.C787gre]

George, Jean Craighead
Case of the Missing Cutthroats: an Ecological Mystery. 1996.
After Spinner Shafter catches a cutthroat trout in the Snake River, she and her cousin Alligator search the nearby mountains to determine where the endangered fish came from and how it survived.
[Education Storage: S. G292CA]

Hiaasen, Carl
Flush. 2005.
With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
[Center for Children’s Books: S. H52f]

Van Allsburg, Chris
Just a Dream. 1990.
When he has a dream about a future Earth devastated by pollution, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment.
[Education S-Collection: Q.S. V263J]


Published by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, this magazine for children promotes environmental awareness. Each issue is organized around a theme and includes brightly illustrated articles, activities, puzzles and more.
[Education S-Collection non-circulating: Q.S. 333.7205 ENVI]

Ranger Rick
Published by the National Wildlife Foundation for children ages 7 and up, this magazine features colorful photos, funny drawings, and exciting stories about wildlife and nature.
[Education S-Collection non-circulating: S.505 RAR1]

On the Web

The EPA Climate Change Kids Site Includes easy to understand definitions and background on climate change as well as games.

The Lorax’s Save the Trees Game Based on the classic Dr. Seuss book, this simple game requires players to catch the truffula seeds and replant the forest.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids’ Pages
Includes games, fact sheets, coloring pages, stories, puzzles, and quotations.