I read a great post from a new favorite blogger, Green SAHM. The blog post was on green books for kids. She mentions a couple great books in her post that teaches environmental issues to young children, such as The Lorax. But I’m sure there are many more.
So I went on a hunt to our library to find some great children’s books that are both entertaining and teaches kids about the environment. There are a lot of great books out there, and as this issue builds speed more and more books are popping up every day. Children’s books can be the foundation for lasting memories so it can be important to make the books wirth while. I love books that are interactive for children. That’s why I love the EcoJournal series. There is an EcoJournal for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
But for story time you need books that will keep kids entertained, excited, and interested. The Wartville Wizard is a hilarious book for younger kids that teaches a great lesson. And people get covered in trash, that alone made my sons giggle for hours then beg me to read it again. Miss Rumphius is another great book. Beautiful and reflective and asks kids to think about what they can go to make the world more beautiful. When we found this book at the library we loved it so much we ended up rechecking it out twice. For parents I would recomend A Sense of Place: Teaching Children About the Environment with Picture Books as a great way to help teach children with stories, Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children is a great book for not only sharing the environment but also looking at Native American cultures, and Last Child in the Woods is a favorite of mine for understanding why kids need to love nature.
Since my sons are still young I have not yet begun looking for many older children’s books that teach environmentalism. I am sure there are many out there worth reading. If anyone has an recomendations I would love to hear them. Maybe we could put together a whole list of children’s books that helps children learn more about the environment.
p.s. You can read this post, and enjoy a lot more, over at the Festival of Good Books. 🙂