Earth Day Books and Resources

Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown — Through this Arthur adventure kids will learn ways to save energy at home. Make a class poster like Arthur does on your favorite Earth Day topic.

The Berenstain Bears Go Green by Stan and Jan Berenstain — The town dump is ruining the Bears favorite creek. This book can spark a great conversation about the problem with pollution and what kids can do to prevent it.

Earth Day–Hooray! By Stuart J. Murphy — One of Murphy’s fabulous Math books, this one focusing on place value and counting, it’s a cute story about some friends who want to plant flowers in a nearby park.

Emeraldalicious by Victoria Kann — Perfect for any fan of the Pinkalicious fan. In this book, Pinkalicous and her friend discover their beloved park has been destroyed by litter. Printable activities

Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day by Jane O-Connor — Fancy Nancy’s overzealous attempts at trying to get her family to “go green” has some disastrous outcomes. Make a list of the Rhyming words from the book, or make a poster of all the rules Nancy shares with her family such as “Get clean, but stay green.”

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry — This is a favorite with teachers and you can find lots of activities online to go with this meaningful and powerful book.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein — This tear jerker gets to heart of how meaningful trees are to us.

A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salsa — This is a great book for a science based writing activity. Have kids explore different types of leaves outside, then write what leaves can be.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss — The ending always gets to me. The Lorax Comprehension Questions and Classroom Project ideas

Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel — Michael Recycle is a Superhero who teaches people about how to take care of the planet. Kids can create their own Earth Day Superhero by drawing or writing about her. What’s her name? Her symbol? What super power does he possess that can help planet earth?

Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes — A sing-song, rhyming story, with beautiful illustrations that toddlers up to primary school will love. There are non-fiction facts and learning activities listed in the back. 

The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell — A fun and rhythmic take on the song, “And the green grass grew all around.”

The Tree by Dana Lyons — Beautifully illustrated, thought provoking and told from the perspective of an 800 year old Douglas Fir. It also gives information about the Pacific Rain Forest. Shared writing or journaling activity: Write a story from the perspective of a tree, an animal that’s about to lose his tree home or a body of that has been destroyed by pollution or littering.

The Umbrella by Jan Brett — As always Jan has tons of activities and printables to go along with her beautiful books. Check out her rainforest coloring pages

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