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Environmentalism for Kids

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The list author says: "A gathering list of books to teach children about the environment. I'm not including the How-To books or much non-fiction here (there's a listmania list on How-To called Save-the-Earth Books for Children.). Trying to find nice stories that help kids learn about the planet.

Please email me at gmail: headlessthought. I'll add your suggestions."
Dinosaurs And All That Rubbish (Puffin Books)
Dinosaurs And All That Rubbish (Puffin Books)
"Perhaps the best book ever written in this genre!  Gorgeous pictures, oodles of fun, and effective storytelling. A brilliant achievement. One of the best kids books ever written."
The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
"One of the all time great works in this genre"
Home (Horn Book Fanfare List (Awards))
Home (Horn Book Fanfare List (Awards))
"Absolutely brilliant.  A picture book illustrating that a healthy environment makes healthy, happy people.  Connection to nature is also connection to people and connection to oneself.  Beautiful.  Truly a triumph."
The Boy from the Sun
The Boy from the Sun
"Marvelous book which erupts with color and joy.  Outstanding.  A+"
The Wump World
The Wump World
"Wonderful book about nasty polluting people.  Heavy handed approach and somewhat dark, but still a very good contribution."
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai (Frances Foster Books)
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai (Frances Foster Books)
"A very nice true story about the Nobel Peace Prize activist.  In story format, so children can get into the tale.  I LOVED this book: the art and the story and the hopefulness.  One of my favorites!  My 7 year old?  She thought it was just okay."
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
"A very nice tale about a tree that gives life to countless animals.  An illegal logger is gently made to understand the tragedy of killing this one tree."
Where Have the Unicorns Gone?
Where Have the Unicorns Gone?
"Many of the reviews on Amazon are quite good: this book is a noble try, but fails to deliver it's story to the child.  The art is excellent, and the wording is elegant, but the book is simply out of reach for most young ones.  There's also something a bit dark and pessimistic here."
The Wartville Wizard
The Wartville Wizard
"Pretty good for kids (of about 6 or 7 years old). Challenges throw-it-away and litter mentalities.  Easy to side with the Earth."
When Dad Cuts Down the Chestnut Tree
When Dad Cuts Down the Chestnut Tree
"A more utilitarian story about the value of a tree.  I.e. this is about what a tree does for humans.  We want to save it because it is useful to use (not because it is linked to nature, etc.).  Still a very nice book."
The Sea People
The Sea People
"Great tale about greed leading to environmental collapse.  Fantastic book."
Winston of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming
Winston of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming
"A fun little book about polar bears, who decide to fight to save the home front.  Lots of adult references here to Winston Churchill and WWII.  In fact, your child might miss something of the tale.   For the most part, though, this is an accessible and fun look at global warming."
One World
One World
"A decent book from the author of Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish.  Lovely watercolors, but a narrative that doesn't quite excel."
The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet
The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet
"A nice, non-fiction work about the Earth and water."