Our top picks: Children's books for environmental education

Shauna Coates

December 13, 2022

Whether you are looking to encourage your children to adopt environmentally friendly behaviours or simply looking for an exciting new bedtime story, we have compiled a list of 5 children’s books (for children aged between 4 – 11) that cover environmental topics, from plastic pollution to growing your own produce and appreciating nature.

Turtle Trouble by Stuart McDonald

In 2019, we were approached to support this book which is about a young turtle named Sheldon who goes on an adventure and gets swept out to sea! Whilst at sea, Sheldon discovers the negative impacts plastic bottles can have on marine animals and habitats. This book is packed full of tips and tricks to encourage children and their carers to reduce plastic use at home and inspire them to get involved in beach clean-ups to help turtles like Sheldon! 

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

There are many different shades of green, such as greens found in forests or the aquamarine sea. This book aims to capture the beauty of all things green, paying homage to the nature and wildlife that surrounds us. This stunning book allows children to visually appreciate the beauty of nature that surrounds them.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

This exciting memoir follows the story of how one boy invented a solution to drought in Malawi that had destroyed his family’s crops, leaving them with nothing to sell or eat. William Kamkwamba collected scrap metal, like old bicycle parts, and built a windmill that generated electricity and water for his family’s farm. This touching true story covers the negative impacts of extreme weather and how innovation and resilience can overcome climate issues.

Grandpa's Garden by Stella Fry

This story follows Billy across the seasons as he helps with his grandpa’s vegetable patch from sewing seeds, watering their crops, and harvesting the fruit and vegetables once they have grown. The book promotes the excitement of growing your own food at home and the importance of composting.

What A Waste: Rubbish, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French

This educational book aims to teach children about the negative impact of plastic waste on the planet and to provide guidance on the actions we can all take to reduce this. This book explains the problem but also provides an overview of some of the current innovative solutions that are being implemented worldwide.

We hope that you like the sound of these books, and we believe it is never too early to promote the importance of the environment to children. Our children will be the innovators of the future, so we hope these books and others help to inspire young people to adopt eco-friendly behaviours and to create pioneering solutions to tackle climate change and environmental issues.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog represent those of the author, Shauna Coates, and are not those of recycle-more, Valpak Limited or any other organisation.