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Best Environmental Sustainability, Climate-Change Books for Kids Age 2-10

What best books should young kids read to learn about environmental and green climate-change to support environmental sustainability?

Sustainability books and climate change books help children and young teenagers to learn about the history, and the impact of environmentally conscious living and living in a sustainable world. Reading books, especially for young kids, can influence their world views.

Especially for parents who opt for homeschooling, or kids are limited to stay away from school, having access to green and environmental sustainability books would help to teach them about why sustainability is important. For parents who are interested in leading as a role model, you may check out our best list of Sustainability jobs. And if you are an environmentally conscious adult, I suggest you take a look at Harvard Business Review’s Sustainability Strategy.

OK. Now here is a list of selected children’s sustainability books that we have picked for you and your kids. We hope you like it!


Climate-Change and Environmental books for Kids age 2-5

The Magic and Mystery of Trees by Jen Green

A truly delightful non-fiction read that is suitable for all ages – each page of this nature book is nothing short of astonishingly beautiful. Enjoy a mixture of real images, vibrant illustrations, and patchwork-layering, making each page feel like a nature scavenger hunt. You’ll learn unbe-leaf-able tree facts, see extraordinary trees from around the world, and the animals that call them home. Find out what trees do for us and how we are damaging them with pollution and deforestation. This book will show that it’s not too late to do something about it, and you’ll find out how you can help with instructions on how to plant your very own tree!

I Love the Earth by Todd Parr

This adaptation of The Earth Book includes child friendly reasons to love our planet–from appreciating a beautiful tree to taking care of animals all around the world. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Eric Carle’s classic story of the life cycle of a flower is told through the adventures of a tiny seed. This mini-book includes a piece of detachable seed-embedded paper housed on the inside front cover. Readers can plant the entire piece of paper and watch as their very own tiny seeds grow into beautiful wildflowers.

The Little Recycler, The Little Composter or The Little Gardener by Jan Gerardi

Heavy machinery and going green don’t mix? NO WAY! This colorful, action-packed lift-the-flap board book takes toddlers on an environmentally friendly ride through the basics of recycling.


Climate-Change and Environmental books for Kids age 5-10

Over and Under the Pond: (Environment and Ecology Books for Kids, Nature Books, Children’s Oceanography Books, Animal Books for Kids) by Kate Messner

These secrets and many others are waiting to be discovered.over and under the pond.

• An entertaining and educational look at the beauty the ecosystem has to offer. Stunning illustrations paired with an easy-to-follow storyline make this a great read for any early elementary school student
• Includes a glossary of animals that live in, near, and around the mountain pond to enrich the reading experience
• Inspires a love of nature and encourages young minds to explore the world around them

What Does It Mean to Be Green by Rana DiOrio

What Does It Mean to Be Green? is a Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner for Children’s Picture Book and was awarded The Santa Monica Public Library’s Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, School-Age Nonfiction. The enhanced e-book edition also won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award.

What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal … right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules … and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Then the world would be a mess. But what if everybody obeyed the rules so that the world would become a better place? Using humorous illustrations rendered in mixed media, these questions are answered in a child-friendly way and show the consequences of thoughtless behavior.

World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky

World Without Fish is the uniquely illustrated narrative nonfiction account—for kids—of what is happening to the world’s oceans and what they can do about it. Written by Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod, Salt, The Big Oyster, and many other books, World Without Fish has been praised as “urgent” (Publishers Weekly) and “a wonderfully fast-paced and engaging primer on the key questions surrounding fish and the sea” (Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish). It has also been included in the New York State Expeditionary Learning English Language Arts Curriculum.


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Jessica is the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Diversity Advisor at Diversity Social. Jessica has over 10 years of working with and advising employers to be more diverse and create an inclusive working environment.
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