Earth Day celebrates its 53rd birthday Saturday, April 23! The idea started long before terms like climate change, global warming, and extreme weather (summer in April?) were part of everyday conversations. To help honor Earth Day, Rosemary D’Urso, aka Library Mom, chose 5 fantastic books perfect for the occasion. Says Rosemary: “From its sparkling waters to its majestic mountains and curious creatures, there is much to love about this beautiful planet we call home. With Earth Day around the corner, I’ve put together a list of my favorite books that capture the splendor of Earth as well as stories that inspire children to help protect it.” Read her list below.
Earth Day Book List
Our Planet: There’s No Place Like Earth by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by David Litchfield
Told from the point of view of a personified Earth, this humorous and informative book packed with kid appeal is an ideal read aloud for teaching children about Earth, problems with pollution, and cleaner energy options. This entire series is a must-read.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom; illustrated by Michaela Goade
This spectacular own-voices story narrated by a young indigenous girl speaks out against water pollution in her land. The stirring text is enriched by the breathtaking artwork that skillfully weaves in complimentary colors and patterns creating robust illustrations that jump off the page.
A Planet Like Ours by Frank Murphy and Charnaie Gordon, illustrated by Kayla Harren
This excellent overview of Earth’s many amazing attributes such as its soil, water, air, animals, and people inspire readers to learn more about our planet and actively work to protect it.
Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre
Stunning photographs showcase a myriad of Earthly elements accompanied by a simple, but rousing poem that causes readers to stop and consider all that we have to be grateful for by living on our beautiful planet. An admirable author’s note encourages readers to turn their gratitude into action by taking care of Earth.
Dear Earth….From Your Friends in Room 5 by Erin Dealey; illustrated by Luisa Uribe
This epistolary gem follows a diverse group of students who write letters back and forth with the planet Earth. Each note is simply delightful and contains practical and doable tips for making the Earth a better place.