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Earth Day Picture Books for Kids

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.

Earth Day picture books from Candlewick Press

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

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.

Books for kids to read aloud on Earth Day

Anywhere Farm

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.

Candlewick Press Earth Day books

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Do you have a favorite book from Candlewick Press that we should read next?

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

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