Eco-conscious children’s books

Call it the #GretaThunbergEffect if you will but, encouraging an early understanding of the environment, being more mindful of the planet and going green is a MUST! Here's a few of our favourite environmental reads for toddlers and children to read NOW!

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Eco-conscious children's books

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference: Illustrated Edition by Greta Thunberg

Ideal for: EVERYONE!

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‘We are the change and change is coming’.

In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. A year later, she was joined in her strike by over seven million people around the world. This illustrated and fully updated version of No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference is the record of her game-changing year in the fight against the climate crisis. With now history-making speeches that sparked a global movement or the #GretaThunbergEffect. Every child (and adult) should read this book: Our future depends upon it.

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Our Planet: The One Place We All Call Home by David Attenborough (HarperCollins Children’s)

Ideal for: Ages 6+

This official children’s companion to the Netflix documentary series with special foreword Mr Attenborough himself. This book is a glorious visual celebration of the natural world combines extraordinary photography from the series with stunning illustrations from acclaimed artist, Richard Jones. A beautifully written and informative book for children with an uplifting message of hope that will strike a chord with all the family. A must for every child’s bookshelf.

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The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth Rachel Ignotofsky (Wren & Rook)

Ideal for: Age 8+

Through illustrations, maps and infographics, bestselling author Rachel Ignotofsky – author of Women in Science, Women in Sport and Women in Arts– has done it again with this exquisite book. It explains how our planet works, from its incredible ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there to the importance of biodiversity, weather cycles and more. With information on the dangers of climate change and ideas for how to protect Planet Earth, this is a must for future ‘Eco Heroes’.

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What A Waste: Rubbish, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet (DK Books)

Ideal for: Ages 7+

This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Everything from what we’re doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling and shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. It’s not all bad news though As well as explaining where we’re going wrong, What a Waste shows what we’re doing right! Written by author and children’ Tv presenter French the tone is also engaging with bold illustrations and fact boxes.

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Poems From a Green & Blue Planet Edited By Sabrina Mahfouz and Illustrated by Aaron Cushley (Hachette books)

Ideal for: Ages 9+

A poignant and evocative collection of classic and new poems that will take the reader on a tour of our beautiful world, celebrating the diversity of life on our green and blue planet. With new poems from Raymond Antrobus, Mona Arshi, Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, Dean Atta, Sabrina Mahfouz and more.

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Dear Greenpeace by Simon James (Walker Books)

Ideal for: Ages 3+

A gentle and original tale about a correspondence between a little girl who finds a whale in her pond and Greenpeace, from whom she has sought advice. Simon James’ sketchy illustrations are reminiscent of the work of Quentin Blake lending the story a quirky feel while young readers should find themselves becoming very fond of the caring, sweetly naive protagonist, Emily.

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Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Plastic by Katie Daynes, Illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay (Illustrator) (Usbourne)

Ideal for : Ages 3+

young children will learn all about plastic, recycling and how plastic affects the environment in this engaging lift-the-flaps book. With over 60 interactive flaps revealing what plastic is made of, how it gets into the ocean and asking whether we live without plastic – this is an informative and insightful books for kids and parents alike.

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Eco-conscious children's books

Charlie and Lola: Look After Your Planet by Lauren Child (Puffin)

Ideal for: Ages 3+

Charlie persuades Lola that instead of throwing her things away, she should recycle them. ‘Recycle it? What is that?’ asks Lola. With a bit of help from Charlie, Lola learns all about recycling and how it is extremely very important to look after our planet. Soon she has found an extra-specially fun way to do more recycling – and gets lots of her classmates to join in too! The perfect way to introduce the nature of recycling to younger children.

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Caring for the Environment (I’m a Global Citizen) by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw and Illustrated by David Broadbent  (Franklin Watts Books)

Ideal for: Ages 9+

The I’m a Global Citizen series explores the concept of ‘Global Citizenship’: recognising that the world we live in is unfair and unequal, but promoting individual and collective action to challenge and change this. This book explores the issues around the environment from climate change to biodiversity and pollution with information, fun activities, challenges, case studies and ideas for group and individual action presented with fun illustrations.

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My Green Day by Melanie Walsh (Walker Books)

Ideal for: Ages 3+

An optimistic and encouraging picture book with simple and sunny illustrations that compliment the sage advice contained within. Children of all ages can benefit from Walsh’s ten suggested activities for green living and the tone never strays into feeling overly prescriptive or patronising.

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See Inside Recycling And Rubbish (Usborne)

Ideal for: Ages 3+

Another factual lift-the-flap book from Usborne Books containing bags of information on where rubbish comes from, how different materials can be reused and what happens to the enormous amount of rubbish that isn’t recycled. Vivid, nicely detailed illustrations with touches of irreverent humour keep the tone light-hearted enough not to feel preachy.

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10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Melanie Walsh (Walker Books)

Ideal for: Ages 2+

A second entry for Walsh on our round-up and another lovely eco-conscious book aimed at very young children. The simple tips are presented in a modern, graphic style with innovative page shapes, thought-provoking suggestions and simple explanations.

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Maggie & Rose: This Book Is Totally Rubbish (Maggie and Rose)

Ideal for: Ages 3+

A cheeky crew – Maggie, Rose, Oscar and their little dog Bentley – are getting creative in this fun activity book. Even better, they are learning their 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – as they repurpose rubbish to make fun new things and become Eco Superheroes into the bargain. Featuring over a dozen projects from making a superhero mask and cap out of old newspaper; making an eco train out of old cardboard boxes, and some rubbish flowers. All with simple step-by-step instructions, this “totally rubbish” book is totally brilliant!

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Change The World For A Fiver from We Are What We Do (Short Books)

Ideal for: All ages

A simple premise nicely executed full of witty illustrations and practical items, such as a packet of seeds, which can help people of all ages to make a difference to the world. Children and adults can follow the fifty tips which encourage not only green sensibilities but ways to make other people happy such as writing a letter to someone who inspires you or learning to be friendly in another language. A genuinely altruistic book guaranteed to give readers a warm glow, and the profits go to charity to boot.

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The Trouble With Dragons by Debi Gliori (Bloomsbury)

Ideal for: Ages 3+

Deftly weaving an environmental message into an absorbing rhyming story about dragons, No Matter What author Gliori manages to educate as well as entertain. Bright illustrations, full of character add to the fantasy feel while the parallel the book draws between fictional dragons and real human behaviour is a great point from which to open a dialogue about green issues with your child.

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