The best children’s books to educate and inspire kids about the environment

Who am I?

I have been an educator for over 20 years teaching elementary-aged children. The environment is a passion of mine. After reading the book Plastic Ocean and meeting the author Charles Moore, I realized that the issues facing our environment are going to be best solved by the upcoming generation of children. They understand how important it is to preserve our planet. Combining my love of writing with my education background, I started writing books to teach children about the environment and inspire them to make lasting changes. I love recommending books that have the same mission. Small actions equal great changes! 

I wrote...

Midnight Mission: An Eco Avengers Series

By Dawn Wynne,

Book cover of Midnight Mission: An Eco Avengers Series

What is my book about?

When Mindy, Frankie, and Jagger discover a baby sea turtle far from the ocean they rush against time to return it back to sea. However, when they arrive at the beach, they stumble upon a startling discovery that may hinder the turtle's survival. Will the turtle be stranded on land forever? And what does the future hold for the rest of the sea turtles?

A fun, engaging book that will entertain children while also educating them about endangered sea turtles. 

The books I picked & why

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Children of the Earth... Remember

By Schim Schimmel,

Book cover of Children of the Earth... Remember

Why this book?

This book is breathtakingly beautiful and illustrates the need for us to take care of our planet. The message is simple yet impactful. A great book to introduce young children to caring for our environment. Parents and teachers can initiate conversations without having to delve deeply into complicated issues. It’s one of my all-time favorite books even as an adult. 


By Carl Hiaasen,

Book cover of Hoot

Why this book?

Carl has a way of infusing humor even into the most serious of situations. The book centers around endangered owls but he tackles the issue with fun and humor that any young child can relate to. It’s a great book for reluctant readers and a great book to educate kids in a subtle way that is entertaining. 

Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean

By Patricia Newman, Annie Crawley (photographer),

Book cover of Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean

Why this book?

I love this book as a supplement for the classroom or household library. It is filled with lovely photographs and depicts what is happening to our oceans. There is a nice ratio of text to pictures so as not to be overwhelming. It includes maps, vocabulary words, and a glossary to bring in the educational component without feeling like a textbook. 

Be the Difference: 40+ ideas for kids to create positive change using empathy, kindness, equality and environmental awareness

By Jayneen Sanders, Cherie Zamazing (illustrator),

Book cover of Be the Difference: 40+ ideas for kids to create positive change using empathy, kindness, equality and environmental awareness

Why this book?

We’re all looking for ways to teach our children to care for each other as well as our planet. This is a wonderful way to engage kids and get them thinking about the greater good. Filled with fun ideas, children are empowered to make a difference. I love the discussion questions to prompt thinking and the place for children to write down their own ideas. 

Tall Tall Tree

By Anthony D. Fredericks, Chad Wallace (illustrator),

Book cover of Tall Tall Tree

Why this book?

This book is so beautiful you could just admire it for the illustrations. It is written in rhyme which flows well with the images. All about the California Redwoods, it educates children about the animal creatures that call this place home. It pulls in educational components such as counting and also offers some STEAM activities. Great for teachers and parents. 

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in protecting the environment, seas, and empathy?

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And, 3 books we think you will enjoy!

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