In the current environmental crisis, we find ourselves in it is more important than ever to teach our children about the importance of taking care of our environment. You may feel your child is a little too young, but as we have seen in Greta Thunberg, anyone can make a difference, regardless of age. Adding some books about the environment to your little one's bookshelf will help them to learn about the importance of taking care of our planet.
As a parent, it can be hard to tackle difficult subject matters. But children's books are a fantastic way to open up conversations. When you are reading to your child, it is great to find a quiet space where questions can naturally arise. We recommend diversifying your child's book self by including some LGBTQIA+ children's books as well as books that teach your child about diversity.
Research shows exposing your child to world problems and actively being involved in creating a better world has significant benefits for young people's mental health. They are also more likely to make better decisions as they grow into adults. However, it is important to approach all issues in an age-appropriate way.
If you’re wanting to teach your tots more about the planet and the small ways that they can make a difference, we’ve rounded up some fun, informative and educational books for your and your little one to read together.
What can children do to be my environmentally friendly:
Although your child may be a little too young to completely understand pollution, waste disposal and climate change there are plenty of little changes they can make to help save our planet. Here are a few things you and your little one can do:
Turn off the water whilst you are brushing your teeth
Shut doors to prevent the heating or air conditioning from escaping
Plant something in your garden or communal space
Avoid using disposable nappies and opt for reusable and eco nappies
Buy sustainable toys
Try to fix or make toys from things you would usually throw away
Best books about the environment 2023:
Best book for children aged 6+
Written by eight-year-old environmentalist, Frankie Morland, this book is all about why you're
Most colourful book
Do your tots constantly put their litter in the wrong bin? This book will teach your children all
Best story about animal endangerment
Introduce your children to the world's endangered species and help them learn about what makes
Best book with flaps
From turning the tap off when we brush our teeth to making sure we use both sides of the paper
Amazon's Teachers pick
Inspired by the amazing Greta Thunberg, this book helps youngsters learn all about Greta and her
Best book about children from different countries
This book will help your child learn all about the importance of clean drinking water and why some
Best book for younger children
This poetic picture book tells the story of two young families from two very different parts of
Best picture book
This wordless picture book follows the beautiful story of a little girl and her bee friend and
Best story about war
Packed with gorgeous illustrations, this tender story is inspired by true events in Syria and war
The Little Miss Waste Less story features a line-up of familiar Mr. Men Little Miss characters as