Beautiful Earth Day Books

Earth Day arrives in the spring with the fragrant flowering trees begin to bud and grow? And so it’s only fitting that these  new Earth Day books are so beautiful, too.

Celebrate Earth Day With New Picture Books

Earth Day Books

1. Step Gently Out, by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder
The tiny insects become magnified in Lieder’s gorgeous close-up photography – an ant dangling off a small green stem, the geometric, transluscent wings of a dragonfly, and a bee suspended mid-flight. The poetic verse whispers love for the simpleness of nature. A beautiful book you’ll want to own.

Step gently out,

be still,
and watch
a single blade
of grass.

2. Uncover & Discover Who’s Like Me? by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Marc Boutavant
A colorful, interactive animal book whose questions describe the animal’s characteristics. The pigeon asks “Who’s Like Me? Who has feathers and a beak? Is it . . .” and the reader opens animal patterned flaps to find if it’s the tortoise, ostrich, marlin or bat. Turn the page and you learn that it’s the ostrich who has feathers and a beak and more facts that make the two birds the same.

3. Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffin Burns, photography by Ellen Harasimowicz
Kids will engage in this book’s magazine-style layout and photographs. The idea is that kids can be scientists through observation of nature and hands-on ideas like tallying woodpeckers and  looking for ladybugs in the grass. Lots of great information for Earth Day!

4. The Family Tree by David McPhail
The pioneer family clear land for a house, leaving one big tree. Years pass and generations grow. But when highway workers want to chop down the big tree, it’s up to the great-great-great grandson and his forest animals to guard the tree. I’m a McPhail fan anyway and this is a great story about protecting the environment with lovely earth-toned illustrations.

5. And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
The illustrations (from illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee) perfectly capture this story of patience and transformation. A young boy and his dog watch the dull landscape and hopefully plant a seed. Slowly the pair watch and wait as the brown changes to a very possible sort of brown to a brown with a greenish hum “that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground and close your eyes.” And then, finally,  it’s green – spring. (Makes you just want to sigh with zen-like bliss doesn’t it? A wonderful book for Earth Day.)

6. Molly’s Organic Farm by Carol L. Malnor and Trina L. Hunner illustrated by Trina L. Hunner
Molly, a homeless cat, discovers an organic farm where she explores a compost pile and finds helpful bugs, shady sunflowers, and silky corn stalks. She watches the farm’s market day and community pumpkin patch. The true story of Molly shows kids more about life on a farm and where our food comes from.

More Favorite Love the Earth (Day) Books

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The Earth Book 
by Todd Parr
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Yucky Worms by Vivian French, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg
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If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk
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Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson, illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler
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Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor, illustrated by Peter Parnall
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The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
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Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay
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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea, illustrated by Tom Slaughter
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I Can Save the Earth by Alison Inches, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
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Guyku by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Peter H. Reynold
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The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
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Lanie by Jane Kurtz

What books are your favorites?

Earth Day Books

  • Suzanne

    What a good reminder for all of us to stop and not only protect but enjoy the earth. Thanks Melissa.

  • http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets School Sparks Renee

    Many of these titles are new to me. I’ll check them out. Thanks for the suggestions and for the brief book reviews. So helpful, Melissa. Is there one that is you absolute favorite? Renee

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      probably Stella because she’s an imaginative girl who captures kids’ hearts!

  • Mikai

    I have never read some of the books here and it looks definitely interesting.. Thanks for the awareness here for Earth Day..

  • http://365greatchildrensbooks.blogspot.com/ Lauren from 365 Great Children’s Books

    Great list! I posted a list of some of my favorites earlier today, but now am eager to check out some of yours. We love the Curious Garden, too! Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Lauren

  • http://PragmaticMom.com PragmaticMom

    So many great books and most are new to me. My favorite Earth Day books are The Lorax and Hoot. I also liked Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown (got some helpful tips from that one!).