Caring for Mother Earth

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

How can kids and families become better stewards of our planet? What does Earth need more of and, even more important, less of? Find the answers with these books for kids of all ages.

  • Rocket Says Clean Up!

    2020 by Bryon, Nathan

    While visiting her grandparents, who run whale-watching tours in Jamaica, Rocket sees how plastic is harming ocean creatures and organizes a crew to clean up the local beach. Ages 4 and up.

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  • Trillions of Trees: A Counting and Planting Book

    2021 by Cyrus, Kurt

    The only way to get to millions, billions, TRILLIONS of trees is by starting with that very first sapling. Learn how ecosystems thrive not only on the number of trees but also the diversity of those planted. Ages 3 and up.

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  • Climate Change for Babies

    2020 by Ferrie, Chris

    A colorful, simple introduction to climate change for the littlest ones. Ages 0-3.

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  • How to Change Everything: The Young Human's Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other

    2021 by Klein, Naomi

    This book is filled with inspiring stories of young climate activists from around the globe and encourages all of us not to be complacent with current climate atrocities. There is much to be done and the time to act is now. Ages 12 and up.

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  • My Friend Earth

    2020 by MacLachlan, Patricia

    Die-cut pages invite the reader to explore how Earth is a friend to all creatures, watching over us as the year cycles through the seasons. Ages 3 and up.

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  • Does Earth Feel?

    2021 by Majewski, Marc

    This beautiful story likens how we treat our Earth to how we, as humans, treat each other. The gorgeous illustrations show us all the beauty of our Earth, juxtaposed with images of human development and destruction. Ages 4 and up.

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  • The World's Poorest President Speaks Out

    2020 by Mujica Cordano, José Alberto

    Adapted from a speech given at the United Nations in 2012 by the President of Uruguay, José Mujica, urging all people to reassess their attachment to things that aren't necessities, which are taking over our lives and hurting our planet. Ages 4 and up.

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  • Join the No-Plastic Challenge: A First Book of Reducing Waste

    2019 by Ritchie, Scot

    Mind-blowing facts about how much humans rely on plastic and the detrimental effects it has on our health and the long-term health of our world. This book will make you think twice about using plastic. Are you ready to accept the challenge? Ages 4 and up.

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  • The Wind and the Trees

    2021 by Stewart, Todd

    Told from the perspective of two trees, an old pine tree and a young pine sapling, detailing the fragile, yet beautiful, cycle of life. Ages 4 and up.

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  • How to Make a Better World

    2020 by Swift, Keilly

    This fun and inspiring guide to making the world a better place and becoming a good citizen is packed with ideas and tips for kids who want to know how to make a difference. Ages 7 and up.

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  • Our Earth: How Kids Are Saving the Planet

    2010 by Wilson, Janet

    Profiles 12 kids who have had an impact on the environment, from a Canadian girl who gave a major speech, to a Malawian boy who brought electricity to his village, to a Chinese boy who works to keep endangered animals from the market. Ages 6 and up.

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  • Oil

    2020 by Winter, Jonah

    Marking the 30th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, this book highlights the aftermath of this far-reaching disaster and introduces us to alternative energy sources that can lessen our dependence on oil. Ages 4 and up.

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