Green Books for Kids


The Giving Tree

We asked staff members to recommend good green books for kids, with characters and stories to engage and teach little ones on the topic of the environment.

"The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss

The Dr. Seuss classic includes such lines as "I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues" and "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." 

"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

"This has always been a household favorite. As a child, and even as an adult, this book reminds me just how selfless nature truly is, and how much we lose when we take it for granted." -- Sarah Susson, Development Assistant

"The Little Red Hen" by Paul Galdone

"This was a favorite of mine growing up. It's a true farm-to-table tale about growing the food we eat -- and how we need to work together to reap the rewards." -- Stef McDonald, Managing Editor of Online Content

"The Great Kapok Tree" by Lynne Cherry

"This classic children's book is about respecting the earth and taking personal responsibility." -- Paul Walker, Director of Environmental Security and Sustainability

"Little House on the Prairie" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

"These were not intended to be environmental books but they described Laura Ingalls Wilder's  life growing up in the prairie and woods and how they managed to grow food, used what they found, and didn't waste a thing." -- Linda Stone, Program and Operations Director in our New Orleans office

"Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain" by Verna Aardema

"It has wonderful illustrations of the Savannah and shows how the Masai people are closely connected with their animals and the environment." -- Hagu Solomon, Green Urbanism Program Associate

"Green My Parents" by Jordan Howard and Adora Svitak 

"It’s designed to empower youths to seed the green economy and help save the planet. With fun simple assignments that save energy, water and other resources." -- Sharon Williams, Receptionist

"Dolphin Baby" by Nicola Davies

"This is my all-time favorite book. One, because I love dolphins; and two, because it narrates a baby dolphin’s journey in the sea. The book takes you through the baby dolphin’s first breath as well as his experiences with life under the sea with the help of his mother to guide him along the way." -- Iman Douglas, Accounting Assistant

"The Wump World" by Bill Peet

Whoa: The pristine world inhabited by the wumps is invaded by Pollutians from the planet Pollutus.

Even more recommended green books for kids:

"Aesop’s Fables"

The "Winnie the Pooh" series by A. A. Milne

"Flush" by Carl Hiaasen

"The Green Mother Goose" by Jan Peck and David Davis

"The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor" by Joanna Cole