Time to Get Ready for Earth Day: Books for the Family


Time to Get Ready for Earth Day:

Books for the Family


Earth Day is on April 22. Here are a bunch of books to help get you started thinking about and planning for how you will celebrate.


  One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

by Miranda Paul, illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon

This story takes place in Njau, Gambia, which is in Africa. When Isatou Ceesay saw plastic bags piling up in trash piles, she wanted to do something about it. The piles were ugly and the goats were eating them and getting sick. She and other women from her village began cutting the bags into strips and crocheting them into purses. This lovely book is based on a true story.


  Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

by Patricia Newman, illustrated by Annie Crawley

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of plastic—both large and tiny pieces that are floating in the Pacific Ocean. A team of researchers spent about three weeks at sea, investigating it. This book documents their work and their findings. I’ve been curious about the patch for some time and this book taught me a lot. This is a perfect book for young scientists and environmentalists!


  The Earth and I

by Frank Asch

The story begins with a boy saying, The Earth and I are friends. He goes on to tell all the things the Earth and he do together: going for walks, sharing thoughts, helping each other grow, and other things friends do together. The colorful illustrations and short text work very well together.


  In the Rainforest

by Kate Duke

Two kids and an adult take a tour of the rainforest. They investigate all they see along the way: bugs, animals, trees, and whatever else they come upon. They share what they learn, plus sidebars give more information. In the end, the book talks about the reasons to take care of and protect the rainforest. Lots to learn here! This is a stage 2 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science book.


  The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen

Ms. Frizzle and her students board the bus and travel all over the world. They see changes everywhere they go: melting Arctic ice, rising shorelines, strange weather, and more. When they get back to their classroom, they make some changes and teach others how they can make changes, too.


 Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It

by Loree Griffin Burns, illustrated by Ellen Harasimowicz

The Asian longhorned beetle has been invading hardwood forests and killing countless trees. This middle grade book follows neighborhood people, bug scientists, and tree doctors as they work together to fight this small but powerful pest. It is part of the Scientists in the Field series.


  Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green)

by Diane deGroat

Gilbert’s teacher takes the class on a picnic. When they get to the picnic spot, it’s covered with trash. The class cleans up the area and then plans what else they can do for Earth Day. Gilbert struggles to come up with an idea but then he sees one right in front of him.


  Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels have Changed the Earth

by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

The sun tells its story: how its energy gives light and life and how it created fossil fuels (buried sunlight). It goes on to explain how burning fossil fuels sends carbon dioxide into the air. This books clearly explains complex concepts and the illustrations are gorgeous.


  Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

by Mary McKenna Siddals, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

This book starts with Apple cores, Bananas, bruised and Coffee grounds with filters, used. It then goes through the alphabet, ending with Zinnia heads from flower beds whose blooming days are through. By the book’s end, you have a pretty good idea of all the things that can go into a compost pile.



Each of the following books gives basic Earth Day history and traditions.

  Happy Earth Day

by Alex Appleby


  Celebrate Earth Day

by Amy Hayes


  Earth Day

by Julie Murray


I hope you find the perfect activities for your family and/or class for Earth Day!



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