Climate change is the greatest existential threat we face today and a burden that future generations will have to bear. With younger generations already increasingly experiencing the effects of global warming, with some reports predicting that children will suffer three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents, it is essential that we educate them about the causes and solutions as well that about ways to can help change and protect the planet. Whether they’re inspired to become climate activists or simply become more climate and environmental conscious, here’s our pick of great climate change books for kids.
Books on climate change for children
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1971)
“Unless someone like you cares tremendously, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” the The classic Dr. Seuss story is a fantastic introduction for kids to learn about sustainability and environmental care. The beloved but important book is about taking Earth and its natural resources for granted through the eyes of Once-ler and the Lorax. The Lorax is a small creature that speaks for the trees and warns Once-ler not to do’my needs, a knitted object that looks like a sweater, with the Truffula trees. Throughout this story, readers explore the concepts of greed, deforestation, and other unsustainable practices that are currently driving rapid climate change. The Lorax teaches children to treat our planet with kindness and to stand up and speak out for others through climate advocacy. The books are also printed on recycled paper, giving parents an additional opportunity to introduce the topic of recycling.
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Joanna Cole (2010)
Mrs. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus is a beloved and celebrated book series that has taken generations of children on exciting and educational journeys around the world.uter space, under the sea, different periods of time and even inside the human body. During this particular adventure, Mrs. Frizzle’s class travels the world to witness the greatest impacts of climate change – from the melting of ice glaciers in the Arctic to the rise in sea levels above the ocean. This comic-style book explains the concepts of global warming, greenhouse gases, and the effect (which at one point the students in the book transformed into UV rays) in a simple but effective illustration and description . The story then moves on to renewable energy energy and other green solutions to climate change, encourage young readers to take climate action.
Our house is on fire: Greta Thunberg’s plea to save the planet by Jeanette Winter (2019)
The title of this picture book is inspired by young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg’s iconic speech at the World Economic Forum in 2019, which called on all world leaders to act urgently in response to the climate crisis. Through simple yet moving illustrations by Jeanette Winter, eExplore how Greta heard about the climate change crisis, what she did to take action, and how she tells the world that children, like her, can help change the world.
What is climate change? by Gail Herman (2018)
What is climate change? Is an informative and easy to understand book by Gail Herman. The author considers this subject not only as an environmental issue, but also from a social and political point of view. Herman breaks down what climate change is and shows both sides of the debate, whether it’s actually man-made or just the Earth’s natural process, so young readers can get a full picture of the problem. . Discover the different roles that humans and the environment play in the climate crisis and what the future could look like if we were all more aware of our actions.
A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids: Understanding Climate Change and What You Can Do About It by Julie Hall (2007)
This book is an empowering and inspiring message for children around the world as it shares an important message about how they can get involved in the fight against global warming. A hot planet needs cool kids contains fascinating science facts, hands-on activities and guides for young readers, families and schools to get involved in green or sustainable initiatives within their communities. Author Julie Hall strongly believes in educating young people about global warming, rather than shielding or hiding them from the truth, to ensure they have the opportunity to make appropriate changes in their fashion of life.
under time by Tony Bradman (2012)
One of the best climate change books for children is under time, a collection of short stories aimed at older children and tweens that showcase the various effects of climate change, from rising sea levels to changes in animal behavior and habits. These stories act as both a warning and an inspiration to show how climate change has affected people around the world and our collective response to it. Covering a wide range of cities and countries, the book illustrates impacts ranging from Siberia and Canada, to Australia and the UK, to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Although there are no illustrations, the book is filled with British humor that helps make discussions about climate change digestible.
A planet full of plastic by Neal Layton (2019)
In this plastic pollution storybook, Neal Layton creatively explains where plastic comes from and why it can be dangerous to animals and humans. This guide shows how addicted humans are to plastic, but at the same time, it shares inspiring ways to recycle and replace plastic with better materials. A planet full of plastic reminds us that our world is drowning in plastic, but it also offers us hope by teaching us many ways to make a difference.
What waste: waste, recycling and protecting our planet by Jess French (2019)
This lively educational book for young audiences explores everything to do with trash, from scraps and food scraps to factory gasses and old electronics. Readers can learn more about how our actions affect the planet and become more aware of waste management. The best part is that the book teaches kids what people around the world are doing to keep our beautiful planet clean and it also gives ideas on how to get involved in recycling.
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