I’m so excited for Earth Day this year. I already have a few books on the list I’m about to share with you and we’re planning on reading them starting this week to prepare for Earth Day which is April 22nd. I want both of my children to be very conscious about the Earth and the way they treat it. We’ve started composting and including them in that task and whenever we go to the park or woods we make an effort to pick up any garbage left behind by others.
Just the other day we were at the park and Mason spotted a wrapper. He said “Look Mom, garbage” and proceeded to pick it up and throw it in the garbage. I was so proud to see the example B and I set paying off. I’m excited to spend some time reading some books about Earth Day and seeing what else we can learn AND do to help our planet! Here are 8 Earth Day Books for Preschoolers.
Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
Kids everywhere are knowledgeable about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.
Don’t Throw That Away by Lara Bergen
Follow an eco-conscious super hero as he teaches kids how to recycle and reuse common household items! The six large flaps throughout show that oridinary trash is really a treasure. From turning old clothes into fun costumes or an old box into a brand new car, kids will learn that saving the environment is super cool!
The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recyle by Nuria Roca
The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle is one in a series of four entertaining What Do You Know About? books, for very young children. It describes the ways in which kids and their families can avoid waste and be environmentally conscious. Four pages presenting activities for children appear at the back of the book, followed by a two-page section for parents, with tips on explaining the subject in more detail.
I can save the Earth by Alison Inches
Meet Max the Little Monster. He is a cute, furry green monster who is an environmental nightmare. Among other things, he leaves on all the lights, keeps his computer plugged in, blasts the TV, hoards his old toys and uses so much toilet paper it clogs the toilet until finally, his excessive ways cause a power outage. With no TV to watch, computer to play on, video games to play with, Max finds there is a whole big world outside that he can make a difference in the environment.
Kids can follow Max the Little Green Monster’s journey to environmental awareness and learn tips on how they can become little green monsters themselves. A kid-friendly glossary of terms is included in the back of the book.
Where does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers
Follow that garbage truck!…to the landfill to see how trash keeps piling up…to the incinerator to see how trash can be turned into energy … to the recycling center to see how a soda bottle can be turned into a flowerpot. Filled with graphs, charts, and diagrams, Where Does the Garbage Go? explains how we deal with the problem of too much trash and provides ideas for easy ways to be a part of the solution.
Why Should I Recyle? by Jen Green
What if everybody threw away old bottles and newspapers, littering the world with glass and plastic and tin cans that should be recycled and made into new products? Mr. Jones is a teacher who sets a good example for kids by separating his trash for recycling. When he takes them on a class trip to a recycling plant they learn the value of recycling.
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuing a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good – from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.
The Earth and I by Frank Asch
This story celebrates friendship that one child has with the Earth. They play together, listen to each other, and nourish each other. But when the Earth is sad, the child is sad–so he finds a way to make his friend, the Earth, happy.
How are you teaching your children about being kind to the Earth?