Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. Learn about all of the ways that we can help our planet. These stories show that no matter how old we are, all of us can make a difference. We can turn off lights when we leave a room, participate in a neighborhood clean up, plant some flowers, and reuse items! Check out this list of Earth Day books for more ideas! As part of Earth Day studies, my son also made a tissue paper Earth craft that turned out so cute: https://imaginationsrunningwild.com/2022/04/18/earth-day-tissue-paper-craft/
Earth Day Books for Preschoolers:
1. Every Day is Earth Day by Jane O’Connor —
Learn all about Earth Day with Fancy Nancy. In this story, Nancy teaches young readers that there are lots of little things all of us can do everyday to help our planet. Nancy is so enthusiastic about helping the planet, that she takes things a little too far. Her parents teach her (and the readers) that a bunch of little things add to big help, so it is ok to have the light on while we are reading, but not to waste electricity by leaving the light on when no one is in the room. Nancy has other great tips to share too!
2. Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli–
Biscuit learns all about Earth Day in this sweet book. The little girl and her cute pup, Biscuit, help clean up around in their community and plant new plants. It is important to help all of the creatures, big and small, and that is why we need to take care of our planet, Biscuit learns. Simple, short text and adorable illustrations will keep your preschooler engaged.
3. Peppa Pig and the Earth Day Adventure by Candlewick Press–
Preschoolers love Peppa Pig and Peppa loves the planet! Peppa and her family help the planet by sorting their recycling and composting food waste. To celebrate Earth Day, the family goes to the botanical gardens, where they get to see beautiful flowers and learn about the plants. Peppa’s appreciation for all that the planet has to offer, from flowers and animals, to muddy puddles, will inspire your child to take a look at the natural world and find stuff to appreciate too.
4. Earth Day Birthday by Pattie L. Schnetzler —
This beautifully illustrated, rhyming book is a celebration of the animals found on Earth. Each animal is important to our planet. The illustrations capture the beauty of nature and the lyrical text (set to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas) will capture your preschooler’s attention. The book also includes ideas on how to help the planet. I’ve read this one with my preschool storytime group many times over the years and they always love it!
5. It’s Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer —
My son loves the Little Critter stories! They are sweet, humorous, and he can relate to Little Critter’s struggles to do everything by himself. In this story, Little Critter learns about recycling on a class field trip. He is so excited to tell his family what he learned and start recycling as a family so that they can all do their part to help protect the environment.
6. Katie Saves the Earth by Fran Manushkin —
Katie Woo stories are so cute! In honor of Earth Day, Katie organizes a yard sale because it is important to reuse items. Katie is helping keep stuff out of landfills and cutting back on the use of new resources by helping others to reuse items. Are there places to donate your old items? Can you think of ways to reuse them?
7. The Earth Book by Todd Parr-
We love Todd Parr’s illustrations! His use of bold colors and silly illustrations really appeal to us. Parr has the fantastic ability to break down big subjects and present them at a preschool level. In The Earth Book, preschoolers learn how they can help the planet too! There are so many little ways that we can help, such as using both sides of a sheet of paper when we draw. Your preschooler will be inspired to do their part after reading this one!