10 Best Children's Books to Teach Kids About Climate Change
Climate related disasters are making headlines now more than ever, and to make the world a better place to live in, for our children, the first step is educating them about climate change. Raising conscious kids who will care about the environment is an important task for parents. The best and most effective way for your kids to learn about climate change is through books.
Countless books offer great insights on climate change for kids that will keep them hooked and interested to learn more everyday. It’s never too early to start teaching your kids about climate change and the adverse effects it will have for the world your kids will grow up in. Books are a great way to communicate to your kids about climate change overwhelming them and still holding out an element of hope.
We’ve curated a list of children’s books that will teach your young ones about climate change:
1. The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps - This picture book biography follows Follow Jane Goodwall from her childhood in London watching a robin on her windowsill, to her years in the African forests of Gombe, Tanzania, invited by brilliant scientist Louis Leakey to observe chimps, to her worldwide crusade to save these primates who are now in danger of extinction, and their habitat. This book is a great way to introduce young kids to environmental advocacy
2. The Trouble with Dragons - In this wonderfully illustrated book by Debi Gilori, dragons have a tendency to do exactly what they want without thinking of the consequences. They're chopping down trees to make way for their houses, fishing out the oceans, eating and drinking everything in sight. Sounds familiar? However, a brave voice pipes up with an idea, and it's not long before the dragons are getting plenty of advice on what they can do to stop hurting the earth and restore their home. This gentle story is the perfect way to help promote environmental awareness in the youngest of listeners.
3. Don’t Let Them Disappear - This book introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals, sharing what makes them special, and also what threatens them. Taking readers through the course of a day, Don't Let Them Disappear talks about rhinos, tigers, whales, pandas and more, and provides helpful tips on what we all can do to help prevent these animals from disappearing from our world entirely.
4. The Lonely Polar Bear - This sweet children’s picture book set in the Arctic world threatened by global warming, tells a moving story about a little polar bear who wakes up alone after a furious storm. Illustrated by talented Vietnamese artist Koha Le, The Lonely Polar Bear is a whimsical story that subtly introduces the issue of climate change to young children.
5.10 Things I Can Do To Help My World - This book has bold, child-friendly illustrations and die-cut pages that will draw even the youngest listeners to this gentle reminder of the easy, everyday ways we can be kinder to the earth.
6. Kenya’s Art - Kenya’s Art is a heartwarming novel that depicts the enthusiasm and creativity of one young girl in a diverse community who engages wholeheartedly with her friends, her environment, and herself.
7. The Tantrum That Saved The World - This environmental picture book for kids aged 5-9, is all about finding your voice, taking collective action, and saving the planet. The Tantrum that Saved the World is part environmental story, part ode to community action, and part blueprint for building a better world--together, for all of us.
8. The Magic School Bus and The Climate Challenge - In this bestselling series of all time, Joanna Cole explains why the earth is getting warmer, and Bruce Degen's bright, action-filled illustrations make the science easy to understand and fun to learn. This team brings a new, improved understanding to climate change, engaging kids and empowering all. Global warming is a hot topic and this book will help children understand how it is going to affect the younger generation.
9. The Last Wild - In a world where animals are slowly fading into extinction, 12-year-old Kester Jaynes feels as if he hardly exists either. He’s been locked away in a home for troubled children and is unable to speak a word. Then one night, a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach come to help him escape, and he discovers that he can speak — to them. And the animals need him. Only Kester, with the aid of a stubborn, curious girl named Polly, can help them survive. The animals saved Kester. But can he save them?
10. Earth Heroes: Twenty Inspiring Stories of People Saving Our World- This book is a reminder of how individual people can change the world. With twenty inspirational stories celebrating the pioneering work of a selection of Earth Heroes from all around the globe, from Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough to Yin Yuzhen and Isatou Ceesay, each tale is a beacon of hope in the fight for the future of our planet, proving that one person, no matter how small, can make a difference. Introduce your young ones to these powerful human beings who will inspire them to make the world a better place to live in.
These books will help educate your kids on climate change and its adverse effects on planet Earth. It is important to teach your young kids about the environment since they will eventually grow up to live in this brutal world. It is in their hands to make the world a little better everyday for a good life. With climate related disasters on the frequent rise, kids need to be more aware of how human beings can bring disastrous changes to the world. Actions always have consequences. But maybe we can teach our kids to engage in good actions like planting a seed, which would one day grow up to be a tree. Looking for enriching children’s books? Check out Banyan Tree Kidz’ magical book bundle.