Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. The day is meant to bring awareness to the importance of a clean sustainable environment. Last year, more than a billion people around the world celebrated Earth Day!
Did you know that you are doing something right now to celebrate Earth Day? You are using the library, where people have been reading, reducing, and reusing for centuries. Keep up the good work!
In honor of Earth Day, you can read books (fiction and non-fiction) about the care and keeping of the Earth.
Professor Noah’s Spaceship As the forest begins to change, the animals and birds, no longer happy there, fly away in Professor Noah’s amazing spaceship.
The Lorax – The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.
Big Bear Hug – Big Bear Hug presents an environmental story about a big bear who loves to hug everything until he meets a human who is about to chop down a tree and must make a decision on how to save his forest.
The Earth Book – Simple text and illustrations show how children can help protect the Earth.
Kids Who Are Changing the World – Profiles forty-five children around the world who are taking steps to help the environment through fund-raising, public demonstrations, and creating activist art, and includes suggestions on how readers can get involved.
Leaving Your Mark – Human activity often leaves a trail of harmful carbon behind that directly impacts our planet. This informative book describes how every individual produces a “carbon footprint” by using energy made by burning fossil fuels and by creating waste from packaging that gets thrown away. Find out how to measure your own carbon footprint and see what effect you are having on Earth.
Sophie Bennett Saves the Planet – Girl v the World is a funny, inspiring and heart-warming series about thirteen year-old girls taking on the world. Sophie Bennett is known for being kind of quirky. She cares about animals and the environment way more than the other kids at school do. But sometimes it’s hard being the one who always speaks up. Will Sophie ever fit in? Or is it better to stand out?
Flush – 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.
A Bird on Water Street – A Bird on Water Street is a coming of age story about Jack, a boy growing up in a Southern Appalachian town environmentally devastated by a century of poor copper-mining practices and pollution. Jack is opposed to the mine where so many of his relatives have died, but how can he tell that to his Dad who wants him to follow in the family trade? Jack just wants his dad safe and the land returned to its pre-mining glory with trees, birds, frogs, and nature—like he’s learning about in school. After Jack’s uncle is killed in a mining accident and the Company implements a massive layoff, the union organizes and the miners go on strike. It seems Jack’s wish is coming true. But the cost may be the ruin of his home and everything he loves.
Bayou Magic – Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family’s magical legacy.
Me and Marvin Gardens – Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family’s once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing—but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.
Books recommended by: Kristen Williams, guest blogger and former Indianapolis school teacher.Print This Post