Today, we’re going to show you eleven picture books about recycling. These are great for Earth Day and teaching kids how to care for the environment. At home or in the classroom, you can show them off to kids and help them learn about how and why to recycle things from their own homes.
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World written and illustrated by Melanie Walsh
Published by Candlewick Press
Striking die-cuts and a fun format make this book even better to read aloud. Illustrations that are big and bold are great for a group. They show ten ways that young people can help the world and be more eco-friendly. Turn off the lights when you leave a room, turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, put out a birdfeeder in the winter, draw on both sides of the paper, and walk to school instead of taking the car. Every time you do this, you save eighteen glasses of water. and Turning off the lights and using more efficient lightbulbs saves a lot of money. readers over the age of 18 are going to be interested and inspired by this book
Made out of 100% recycled material I can do 10 things to help. People in preschool and kindergarten will love My World’s tips on how to be green. For older kids, 10 Things I Can Do shows how to use eye-catching illustrations, factual information, and word art to get across important messages. It might also be fun to think of and show five or ten more ways to “help” (at school or on the playground) with the same techniques that you used.
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle – A Story About Recycling written by Alison Inches and illustrated by Pete Whitehead
Written and drawn “scrapbook-style.” During the adventures of a plastic bottle, there is a thick, oozing blob of CRUDE OIL that is deep beneath the ocean floor. Hero: One day fate will call. Crude oil could one day be used to make fuel, asphalt, wax, or plastic. In this case, the oil is pumped from the ocean floor into a tanker. It soon arrives at an Oil Refinery, where it is made into plastic. It is turned into plastic crumbs and sent to a factory. A shiny plastic bottle with a lot of personality is made at the plant. The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle is a great story for kids in the early grades. It has fun illustrations, interesting facts, and a glossary. It is part of a series called “Little Green Books” by Simon and Schuster. It is printed on paper made from 100% post-consumer waste.
Bag in the Wind written by Ted Kooser and illustrated by Barry Root
Bag in the Wind is a story about an empty plastic bag that makes you think. It’s best for kids in elementary school. Even though it’s still usable, it has been thrown away. It is then found at a landfill and blows back into a world full of plants, animals, and people again.
‘Bag in the Wind’ is a picture book that will make older people think about how to reuse things and be more environmentally friendly.
Big Earth, Little Me
Big Earth, Little Me is a great way for kids to learn about caring for the earth and making eco-friendly choices. It has bright, bold collage illustrations, a “lift the flaps” format, and simple text. It doesn’t matter if you tell kids to recycle, turn off the water when they brush their teeth, use a lunch box, and draw on both sides of the paper, or tell them to help in the garden. The message is simple, positive, and clear.
Don’t Throw That Away written by Lara Bergen and illustrated by Betsy Snyder
Keep that! Children who are very young will like this book because it has a positive message: even things that look like garbage can be recycled. Waste paper, plastic and metal should be put in the recycling bin. An empty jam jar can be turned into a vase. A plastic milk bottle can be turned into an animal feeder for birds. Additional flaps show homemade musical instruments, costumes, and a car made out of a cardboard box, among many other things.
Preschoolers will love this book because it’s small, like many board books. It’s best for one person or a small group. Would be a great way to start an art or craft project that reuses old materials.
Earth Smart How to Take Care of the Environment – written by Leslie Garrett
Earth Smart is part of the DK Readers series by Dorling Kindersley. It’s good for kids who are 7 to 9. It has a lot of pictures and is rated “Level 2, Beginning to Read Alone.” A look at a landfill, how to get rid of toxic materials, how to reduce your energy use, the dangers of pollution and global warming, and how trees help us are some of the topics covered in this section.
Leslie Garrett has a blog called The Virtuous Consumer.
George Saves the World by LunchtimeWritten by Jo Readman and illustrated by Ley Honor Roberts
George says, “I’m going to save the world!” Grandpa and his sister are willing to help, and it doesn’t take long for the three of them to figure out how to reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle things. Large, colorful collage images have photos and drawings in them. Readers learn how to save electricity by hanging laundry to dry, how to save fuel by walking or riding a bicycle, and how important it is to turn off the lights. People are also told to recycle, donate, repair, and buy eco-friendly items made by people in their area.
In Cornwall, England, there is a charity called The Eden Project. This book was inspired by them. It’s worth noting that a sidebar says that most electricity is made by burning coal. In some places, this may or may not be true. There is also the idea that animal waste can be added to compost. : This suggestion should have made it clear that the compost should not be used for fruit or vegetable crops. Preschool or kindergarten classrooms that are eco-friendly will love George Saves the World by Lunchtime. The book doesn’t sound preachy or extreme, and it will be a great addition to your home library.
Hey, That’s Not Trash But Which Bin Does It Go In? by Renee Jablow and illustrated by Mike Byrne
A story about a soccer-playing boy and a hands-on chance for young kids to sort press-out pieces into recycling bins at the same time. Hey, That’s Not Trash is a good place to talk about how to build smart habits when it comes to things like cardboard, paper, plastic jugs, and empty cans. There are many activities you can do after reading this book, such as having kids move and put things into recycling bins at home or in a group.
In Hey, That’s Not Trash, it doesn’t say much about what recycling is or how it works. Story instead talks about how kids and their families can help by taking things away from landfills and recycling them instead. My favorite format for reading is a board book. It’s best for one-on-one reading or small groups of very young children.
I Can Save the Earth! – written by Alison Inches and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
More than one way, Max is a little monster in more ways than one. There’s more to him than meets the eye. In the bathroom he wastes too much water and toilet paper and doesn’t turn off the lights when he leaves. He also doesn’t turn off the lights or turn off the TV when he leaves. So, too, he is greedy with his toys. Even when he’s grown out of them, he keeps them all for himself. On a dark evening, he is watching his favorite TV show when there is a power outage. After going outside, Max is shocked by what he sees and hears. Flowering plants and crickets can be heard in the moonlight, as well as the sounds of an Owl and an Owlet. When Max sees a shooting star, the change to “green” is done. and even when the power is back on, Max takes eco-friendly steps to make the world better. He picks up trash at the beach and learns how to compost garden waste. As time goes on, he changes his wasteful bathroom habits. He now remembers to turn off the lights. He decides that “fresh air feels good on my fur,” so he decides to recycle, eat healthy food, and trade toys with his friends. The glossary of words used in the story I Can Save the Earth! is in the end notes. One Little Monster learns how to cut down, reuse, and recycle. It is a good resource for kids who are between the ages of four and six. Note: This 8-inch by 8-inch paperback book is printed on 100% recycled paper with soy-ink, which is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint
Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint is the story of a young girl who runs to a nearby beach while visiting her grandpa. Her footprint shrinks to the size of a grain of sand. To her surprise, she finds a pile of garbage next to a fire pit. She likes to go on walks on the beach. She is disgusted by the waste, so she works hard to pick up candy wrappers, pop cans, and mustard bottles from the ground and throw them in the trash. Before long, she meets an old woman who walks the beach and picks up the trash other people leave behind. She says, “The footprint of your life – the mark you leave on the world.”
This easy-to-read picture book is full of brightly colored collages made from natural and recycled materials. A good choice for kids ages six and up.