Environmental Reads: An Earth Day Reading List

April 22nd is Earth Day, a global day of action devoted to environmentalism and sustainability. You can find out more about Earth Day at the official Canadian website.

Here is our list of environmental reads for teachers and librarians to use with students.

Picture Books

What Matters
Written by Alison Hughes
Illustrated by Holly Hatam
Orca Book Publishers, 2016
ISBN 978-1-4598-0910-9
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Recycling | Environmentalism | Making a Difference | Littering | Nature

What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. This book gently explores nature’s connections, from the minuscule to the monumental, and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.

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On the Reef
Written by Judith McMurray
Illustrated by Shandley McMurray
Firefly Books, 2016
ISBN 978-1-77085-857-2
IL: Ages 6-10 RL: Grades 2-3

Coral Reefs | Turtles | Endangered Species | Marine Ecology | Environmentalism

While snorkelling on a coral reef in the Bahamas, Chloe and Zachary find a Hawksbill turtle entangled in plastic. With the help of their guide, the kids bring the turtle onto the beach to await rescue. This book captures the beauty of the coral reef, an endangered part of the marine ecosystem, while teaching the importance of preserving the fragile balance of life in the oceans.

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Junior & Intermediate Fiction

The Summer We Saved the Bees
Written by Robin Stevenson
Orca Book Publishers, 2015
ISBN 978-1-4598-0834-8
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 5-6

Honeybees | Activism | Blended Families | Environmentalism | Responsibilities

Wolf’s mother is obsessed with saving the world’s honeybees. He gets that. But it’s another thing altogether when she announces that she’s taking her Save the Bees show on the road — family style, complete with mortifying bee costumes. Can Wolf and his sisters convince her that dragging the family around in a beat-up panel van may not be the best idea she’s ever had?

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Blue Mountain
Written by Matine Leavitt
Groundwood Books, 2014
ISBN 978-1-55498-423-7
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 3-4

Animals | Bighorn Sheep | Environmentalism | Leadership | Quests

When Tuk is born on the mountain, life is simple for a young bighorn. However, the herd is in jeopardy and soon it will be up to Tuk to lead them to a mountain he has seen far to the west. It will be a long journey filled with dangers, but Tuk has seen the blue mountain and his herd mates are counting on him.

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Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet
Written by Nikki Tate
Orca Book Publishers, 2016
ISBN 978-1-4598-0582-8
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grade 4

Trees | Ecosystems | Climate Change | Forest Ecology | Global Environment

Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. This informative book celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. From making rain to producing fruit and feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Explore the many ways trees keep our planet healthy and livable.

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Pocket Change: Pitching in for a Better World
Written by Michelle Mulder
Orca Book Publishers, 2016
ISBN 978-1-4598-0966-6
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 5-6

Sustainability | Consumerism | Making a Difference | Empowerment | Environmentalism

Around the world, people are questioning consumerism, leaning toward more sustainable lifestyles and creating a whole new concept of wealth. What if you could meet all your needs while getting to know your neighbours and protecting the environment at the same time? This book will tell you how this is possible.

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