“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” -Rachel Carson

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by getting outside, learning about plants, animals and the environment, and by sharing some good books with the young children in your life.  Here are some titles that encourage environmental protection, a love of nature, and an appreciation of wild animals and plants. Enjoy!

Every Day is Earth Day! Picture Booklist

Easy Non-fiction for Young Children

Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor
Retells the story of Rachel Carson, a pioneering environmentalist who wrote and published “Silent Spring,” the revolutionary book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world.

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
This book traces the life and career of Jane Goodall as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa.

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Guiberson
Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus, with an emphasis on its role as a home for other desert dwellers.

Rainforest by Helen Cowcher (and others)
From the tapirs roaming its cool floor to the Blue Morpho butterflies fluttering in its canopy, the rain forest is a peaceful place until man’s machines endanger its existence.

(Book descriptions from WCCLS Catalog).

Online Resources

Be a Nature Detective (ideas for young children from No Time for Flashcards)

Earth Day Crafts for Kids (PBS Parents)

Going Green at Home: Get Your Child Involved (NAEYC for Families)

Celebrate Earth Day (tips, printables and more from Time for Kids)