“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall

If you think about it, every day is Earth Day! Try the books and websites below and find a way to make a difference in the world! These are wonderful choices for upper elementary school age and older.

Books for School Age Kids


Tracking trash: flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion by Loree Griffin Burns
Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents.

The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species by Peter Lourie
Highlights the work scientists are doing to protect the manatee, an endangered species.

The Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes by Pamela Turner
Mountain gorillas are one of the most endangered species in the world. Now they are facing a new threat, from the very tourism that is helping to protect them: exposure to human disease. This is the story of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and its work to provide medical care to the gorillas.

Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns
Join bee keepers and bee scientists as the investigate the deadly scourge of today’s bee populations-hive colapse.

The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours by Jane Goodall
Dr. Jane Goodall recounts the exciting adventure of her work with chimpanzees, now an endangered species.


Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Scat by Carl Hiaasen
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

Flush by Carl Hiaasen
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.

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
Luc is an orphan, until he meets a Professor who claims to be studying chimpanzees, and they head off into the jungle–but when the Professor disappears, Luc has to fend for himself and join forces with the chimps to save their forest.

Online Resources

Climate Change Info and action steps from Alliance for Climate Education

Earth Day Activities for Teens & Tweens from Frog Mom blog

Earth Day Printables from TIME for Kids: Read about Earth Day projects, calculate your daily water use, learn about sources of energy in the U.S., and more! (K-6)

Jane Goodall Institute Learn how to take action helping the environment in your community through the Roots and Shoots program.

10 Simple Things to Do to Celebrate Earth Day from Teen Vogue