The best books for teens who care about the environment

The Books I Picked & Why

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

By Greta Thunberg

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

Why this book?

This slim book gathers the writings and speeches of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen who made history in 2018 when she went on strike from school to protest climate change. Her actions sparked a global movement of students, who also went on strike for our planet. Thunberg's book reminds you how powerful your own voice can be and is the perfect size for tucking into your pocket on the way to your next climate strike.


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Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

By Paul Fleischman

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

Why this book?

Fleischmann's tone is upbeat as he explains how to get above environmental issues and see the bigger political and financial forces at work. He explains different environmental problems, from climate change to the hole in the ozone layer, but also delves into the patterns and principles operating behind the scenes. This book teaches you how to evaluate media, weigh sources, understand an interest group's hidden agenda, and make informed decisions as you engage in the fight to save our planet.


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The Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Readers Edition

By Michael Pollan

The Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Readers Edition

Why this book?

In this book, Pollan plays food detective, investigating how four different meals come together: fast food from McDonald's; "big organic" fare from Whole Foods Market; a home-grown meal from a small, sustainable farm; and a dinner that he hunts and gathers himself. This engaging book helps you piece together the fascinating (and sometimes alarming) origin of what's on your plate and empowers you to take charge of your food choices.


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The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

By Phillip Hoose

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

Why this book?

Hoose tells the fascinating history of the ivory-billed woodpecker, a magnificent creature of the swamps and forests of the southeastern US. The book sweeps through two hundred years of history as the bird is hunted, harassed, and its habitat destroyed. By the twentieth century, the birds are so scarce that ornithologists launch the first of many searches, heading into the swamps to find evidence of the bird. To this day, the mystery remains maddeningly unsolved: does the ivory-billed woodpecker still exist or is has it been driven to extinction? A haunting story and one that might make you cry.


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A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

By Pamela S. Turner

A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

Why this book?

Turner chronicles the life of George Schaller, a pioneering field biologist who has dedicated his life to saving the world's great wild beasts. You'll travel the world with Schaller as he observes and tries to save some of the world's most endangered animals: mountain gorillas in Central Africa, lions in the Serengeti, snow leopards in the Himalayas, and more. This adventure-packed biography is illustrated with Schaller's own photographs and carries a powerful message about the importance of conservation.


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