I’m always on the hunt for good children’s books, so I was thrilled when Candlewick Press asked me to write a sponsored post about some of their earth day picture books. Which one is your favorite?
Note: Candlewick Press sponsored this post. I received books for free and I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own, and I was not required to post a positive review.
I have always loved the way books bring the world into our homes. That trait is more important than ever now that most of us are sheltering on our homes. Today I’m sharing a wonderful collection of books to read as we celebrate earth day – every day!
Great Earth Day Picture Books for Kids
Only a Tree Knows How to Be a Tree
Author Mary Murphy celebrates nature and being yourself in Only a Tree Knows How to Be a Tree. I love her vibrant illustrations, and the way she describes each person, plant, and animal playing a role in the world (and even universe!)
In Seeds, author Carmen Lemniscates teaches the biology of seeds while also sharing a sense of wonder about their potential. She even works in some emotional intelligence teaching by reflecting on how we can choose which types of seeds we want to plant. Will we plant seeds of joy or seeds of anger? Seeds of friendship or seeds of misunderstanding?
Bird Builds a Nest
I adore beautifully illustrated non-fiction, and Richard Jones’ illustrations complement Martin Jenkins’ text perfectly in Bird Builds a Nest.
Children are fascinated by nests, but it’s rare to see one up close. I love the way this book offers children a birds’ eye view of the nest building process.
The Nest that Wren Built
Author Randi Sonenshine brings nest building to life through verse in The Nest That Wren Built. Anne Hunter’s illustrations bring emotion and warmth to the telling.
I find that kids love gardening! Phyllis Root’s Anywhere Farm emphasizes that you truly can plant seeds anywhere! G. Brian Karas’ illustrations further emphasize the ways you can plant a garden no matter your circumstances, even if it’s a single seed in a cup!
Kaia and the Bees
Angela Dominguez addresses the ways bees are both amazing and terrifying in Kaia and the Bees. I love that her main character fears bees despite growing up with them. Kaia eventually works out a way to live peacefully alongside these amazing creatures. Maribeth Boelts complements the storyline perfectly with her expressive illustrations.
My Green Day: 10 Green Things I Can Do Today
I love Melanie Walsh’s books. My Green Day: 10 Green Things I Can Do Today is a textbook in picture book form of simple ways to help the planet.
More Earth Day Activities for Kids
Earth Day Activities for Kids
Here are some more great ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids - this week and all year round!
Celebrate Earth Day with Kids All Year Round
This post is full of fun ways to celebrate earth day no matter what day it is!
Growing Grass and Other Earth Day Learning Activities for Preschoolers
Preschoolers love these simple ways of celebrating earth day.
Plant Biology for Kids & Garden Themed Learning Activities
Earth Day is the perfect time to learn about plants!
How to Plant a Container Garden with Kids
I find that kids love gardening, and container gardens make it easy. Learn how to start yours today.
Tips for Using Recycled Materials in the Garden - Upcycled Gardening
Recycling is an important part of taking care of planet earth! Learn how to make mini gardens using recycled containers.
How Cardboard Boxes Will Make You More Creative
Cardboard boxes are fantastically recyclable. Learn why it's good for your brain to upcycle them first!
DIY Cardboard Play Shop
A little inspiration for that cardboard upcycling!
DIY Cardboard Space Shuttle + More Fun Space Activities for Kids
This is one final, very cool project you can make with a cardboard box before you stick it in your recycling bin.
Do you have a favorite book from Candlewick Press that we should read next?
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MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
2 thoughts on “Earth Day Picture Books for Kids”
Earth Day has a special meaning this year, well worth celebrating. I hope you are well!
Absolutely! We are all fine; hope you and your loved ones are as well.
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