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The Best Children’s Books About Ecology

“What are the best Children’s books about Ecology ?” We looked at 182 of the top Kids Ecology books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 12 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Ecology ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 12 Best Children’s Books About Ecology



12 .) City Green written by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

City Green

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Start With A Book

“An optimistic tale that manages to be both encouraging yet realistic about how to do some good in your very own backyard.” —Kirkus Celebrate the 25th anniversary of City Green—the environmentally and community-conscious classic that shows the wonderful things kids can do when they put their minds to it—with this new paperback edition. Right in the middle of Marcy’s city block is a vacant lot, littered and forlorn. Sometimes just looking at it makes Marcy feel sad. Then one spring, Marcy has a wonderful idea: Instead of a useless lot, why not a green and growing space for everyone to enjoy?



11 .) Compost Stew written by Mary McKenna Siddals

Compost Stew

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Family Education

From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile! Kids everywhere are knowledgeable about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.



10 .) Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf written by Olivia Bouler

Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Family Education

Eleven-year-old Olivia Bouler has drawn and illustrated a brief guide to endangered birds in an effort use book sales to contribute to the clean-up expenses for the oil contamination of the Gulf of Mexico.



9 .) Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World written by Laurie Lawlor

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Start With A Book

Retells the story of Rachel Carson, a pioneering environmentalist who wrote and published “Silent Spring,” the revolutionary book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world.



8 .) Secrets of the Garden written by Kathleen Zoehfeld

Secrets of the Garden

Lists It Appears On:

  • NWF
  • Start With A Book

Perfect for spring planting season–an outstanding book about backyard science the whole family will appreciate. Alice’s family plants a vegetable garden each spring, and this budding naturalist reports all she sees about how the plants grow, what insects come to eat the plants, and what birds and animals come to eat the insects. It’s the food chain, right in her own backyard! While Alice’s narrative is simple and engaging, science concepts are presented in more depth in sidebars by a pair of very knowledgeable (and highly amusing) chickens! Noted science writer Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld knows how to layer information to make it accessible to a wide range of readers and useful for educators. And illustrator Priscilla Lamont’s funny, friendly paintings make this a garden everyone will want to explore. Kids will eat up this wonderful book of backyard science—and perhaps they’ll even be inspired to eat their vegetables! “A wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family’s backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest.



7 .) The Earth Book written by Todd Parr

The Earth Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Family Education

Simple text and illustrations show how children can help protect the Earth.



6 .) The Great Kapok Tree written by Lynne Cherry

The Great Kapok Tree

Lists It Appears On:

  • Children Of the Earth
  • We Are teachers

The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.



5 .) The Little House written by Virginia Lee Burton

The Little House

Lists It Appears On:

  • Read That Again
  • We Are teachers

A little house in the country sees life change around her as her small town grows into a large city.



4 .) The Lorax written by Dr. Seuss

The Lorax

Lists It Appears On:

  • Family Education
  • Read That Again

The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.



3 .) The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge written by Joanna Cole

The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Family Education

Ms. Frizzle takes her kids on a whirlwind tour, from the Arctic to the equator so they can see telltale signs of climate change.



2 .) Miss Rumphius written by Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Start With A Book
  • We Are teachers

A beloved classic—written by a beloved Caldecott winner—is lovelier than ever! Barbara Cooney’s story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of two-time Caldecott winner Barbara Cooney’s best-loved book, the illustrations have been reoriginated, going back to the original art to ensure state-of-the-art reproduction of Cooney’s exquisite artwork



1 .) The Curious Garden written by Peter Brown

The Curious Garden

Lists It Appears On:

  • Family Education
  • Start With A Book
  • We Are teachers

One boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time. While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a clever seek-and-find element to this captivating picture book.




The 150+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Ecology



#BooksAuthorsLists
13A Drop Around the WorldBarbara Shaw McKinneyChildren Of the Earth
14A Grand Old TreeMary Newell DePalmaRead That Again
15A River Ran Wild: An Environmental HistoryLynn CherryWe Are teachers
16A Stick Is An Excellent ThingMarilyn SingerNWF
17A Symphony of Whales A Mighty Girl
18A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of PoemsDeborah RuddellStart With A Book
19Ancient Rhymes, A Dolphin LullabyJohn DenverChildren Of the Earth
20Anywhere Farm A Mighty Girl
21Beatrix Potter: A scientist’s eye Nature
22Bee & Me A Mighty Girl
23BelongingJeannie BakerRead That Again
24Beneath the SunMelissa StewartStart With A Book
25Bloom BoomBloom Boom!April Pulley Sayre
The Childrens Book review
26Butterfly ParkElly McKayWe Are teachers
27Can You See Me?Ted LewinStart With A Book
28
Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers
 A Mighty Girl
29Chavela and the Magic BubbleMonica BrownStart With A Book
30Citizen Scientists: Be Part of the Scientific Discovery from Your Own BackyardLoree Griffin BurnsNWF
31Coral ReefsJason ChinNWF
32Cork & Fuzz: The Swimming LessonDori ChaconasNWF
33Curious George Plants a TreeMargret and H.A. ReyFamily Education
34Dear Children of the Earth Children Of the Earth
35E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His FarmJudy SierraStart With A Book
36Early child development: Body of knowledge Nature
37Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground UpSally WalkerStart With A Book
38Eddie’s Garden and How to Make Things GrowSarah GarlandStart With A Book
39Eliza and the DragonflySusie Caldwell RinehartChildren Of the Earth
40Emi and the Rhino Scientist A Mighty Girl
41EvergladesJean Craighead GeorgeStart With A Book
42Every Autumn Comes the BearJim ArnoskyStart With A Book
43Explore a SharkDavid George GordonSierra Club
44Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental HeadlinesPaul FleischmanChildren Of the Earth
45Eyewitness PlantDavid BurnieStart With A Book
46Fabulous FrogsMartin JenkinsStart With A Book
47Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean VoyageSophie WebbNWF
48Farmer Will Allen and the Growing TableJacqueline Briggs MartinStart With A Book
49Find the ConstellationsH.A. Rey.Sierra Club
50First Garden and How It GrewRobbin GourleyStart With A Book
51Fishing in the AirSharon Creech and Chris RaschkaWe Are teachers
52Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the MoveJoAnn Early MackenStart With A Book
53Fresh Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ MarketMichelle SchaubStart With A Book
54Friends: Snake and LizardJoy CowleyNWF
55Galápagos Girl / GalapagueñaMarsha Diane ArnoldStart With A Book
56Get Outside: The Kids Guide to Fun in the Great OutdoorsJane Drake, Ann LoveStart With A Book
57Giant SquidCandace FlemingSierra Club
58
Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists
 A Mighty Girl
59Give a Hootenanny! Twangy Tunes About Lovin’ the EarthHeidi HoweChildren Of the Earth
60Goodbye Autumn, Hello WinterGoodbye Autumn, Hello WinterKenard Pak
The Childrens Book review
61GreenLaura Vaccaro SeegerStart With A Book
62GreetingsRaven Howell
The Childrens Book review
63Herb, The Vegetarian DragonJules BassChildren Of the Earth
64Home for a Tiger, Home for a BearBrenda WilliamsChildren Of the Earth
65Home In The SkyJeannie BakerRead That Again
66How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of FoodLucia GaggiottiStart With A Book
67How Does My Garden Grow?Gerda MullerStart With A Book
68If You Were My Baby: A Wildlife LullabyFran HodgkinsChildren Of the Earth
69In One Tidepool: Crabs, Snails and Salty TailsAnthony D. FredericksChildren Of the Earth
70In retrospect: The Lorax Nature
71In the Small, Small PondDenise FlemingStart With A Book
72Inside OutsideLizi BoydStart With A Book
73Jack’s GardenHenry ColeStart With A Book
74Jackson Jones and the Puddle of ThornsMary QuattlebaumStart With A Book
75Jo MacDonald Had a GardenMary QuattlebaumStart With A Book
76Just a DreamChris Van AllsburgWe Are teachers
77Leaf Litter CrittersLeslie BulionStart With A Book
78Least Things: Poems about Small NaturesJane YolenStart With A Book
79Letting Swift River GoJane YolenWe Are teachers
80Life in the Amazon RainforestGinjer ClarkeStart With A Book
81
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
 A Mighty Girl
82
Light Shining Through the Mist: A Photobiography of Dian Fossey
 A Mighty Girl
83Little Seeds A Mighty Girl
84Luz Makes a SplashClaudia DavilaStart With A Book
85
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya
 A Mighty Girl
86Marshes and SwampsGail GibbonsStart With A Book
87Marty McGuire Digs Worms! A Mighty Girl
88Me…Jane A Mighty Girl
89Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival StoryThomas R. YezerskiStart With A Book
90Michael RecycleEllie BethelFamily Education
91Midnight Creatures: A Pop-Up Shadow SearchHelen Friel.Sierra Club
92Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green A Mighty Girl
93My Favorite Tree: Terrific Trees of North AmericaDiane IversonChildren Of the Earth
94Nature Log Kids: A Kid’s Journal to Record Their Birding ExperiencesDeAnna BrandtStart With A Book
95Near One Cattail: Turtles, Logs and Leaping FrogsAnthony D. FredericksChildren Of the Earth
96No Monkeys, No ChocolateMelissa Stewart, Allen YoungStart With A Book
97Old TurtleDouglas WoodChildren Of the Earth
98On Meadowview Street A Mighty Girl
99On One Flower: Butterflies, Ticks and a Few More IcksAnthony D. FredericksChildren Of the Earth
100One Love A Mighty Girl
101
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
 A Mighty Girl
102One TreeGreen StartFamily Education
103Our School Garden!Rick SwannStart With A Book
104Our Tree Named SteveAlan ZweibelWe Are teachers
105
Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story
 A Mighty Girl
106Out on the PrairieDonna BatemanStart With A Book
107Over and Under the PondKate MessnerStart With A Book
108Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest RhymeMarianne BerkesChildren Of the Earth
109Over in the Ocean, In a Coral ReefMarianne BerkesChildren Of the Earth
110Owl MoonJane YolenWe Are teachers
111Pass the Energy, Please!Barbara Shaw McKinneyChildren Of the Earth
112Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the WorldAllan DrummondStart With A Book
113Picture a TreeBarbara ReidStart With A Book
114Places of PowerMichael DeMunnChildren Of the Earth
115Plant a Little SeedBonnie ChristensenStart With A Book
116Planting a RainbowLois EhlertStart With A Book
117Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangara MaathaiClaire NivolaStart With A Book
118Plants Feed MeLizzy RockwellStart With A Book
119Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s GrasslandsSusan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore.Sierra Club
120Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson A Mighty Girl
121Red Knit Cap Girl A Mighty Girl
122RedwoodsJason ChinStart With A Book
123River Song With the Banana Slug String BandSteve Van ZandtChildren Of the Earth
124Sea Turtle Scientist A Mighty Girl
125Seed, Soil, Sun: Earth’s Recipe for FoodCris PetersonStart With A Book
126
Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World
 A Mighty Girl
127Sing a Song of Seasons- A Nature Poem for Each Day of the YearSing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the YearNosy Crow
The Childrens Book review
128Sparrow Girl A Mighty Girl
129
Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement
 A Mighty Girl
130Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep Sierra Club
131StarsMary Lyn RayNWF
132Story Worlds NatureThomas HegbrookStart With A Book
133Summer Days and NightsSummer Days and NightsWong Herbert Yee
The Childrens Book review
134Sunshine On My ShouldersJohn DenverChildren Of the Earth
135Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in NatureJoyce SidmanStart With A Book
136Tales of wonder Nature
137The Big GreenPeggy GiffordStart With A Book
138The Camping Trip That Changed AmericaBarb RosenstockNWF
139The Dandelion SeedJoseph AnthonyChildren Of the Earth
140The Dream of the ThylacineMargaret Wild and Ron BrooksWe Are teachers
141The Earth and IFrank AschFamily Education
142The Elephant Scientist A Mighty Girl
143The End of the WildNicole HelgetStart With A Book
144The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical TreasureKristin Joy Pratt-SerafiniChildren Of the Earth
145The Forever GardenLaurel SnyderStart With A Book
146The Hidden ForestJeannie BakerRead That Again
147The Little GardenerEmily HughesWe Are teachers
148The Little Plant Doctor: A Story About George Washington CarverJean MarzolloStart With A Book
149The Penderwicks at Point MouetteJeanne BirdsallNWF
150The Promise A Mighty Girl
151The Story of Frog Belly Rat BoneTimothy Basil EringWe Are teachers
152The Story Of Rosy DockJeannie BakerRead That Again
153The Tin ForestHelen WardWe Are teachers
154The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk Sierra Club
155The Tree in the Ancient ForestCarol Reed-JonesChildren Of the Earth
156
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed A City Forever
 A Mighty Girl
157
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
 A Mighty Girl
158The Water WalkerJoanne RobertsonStart With A Book
159The Wump WorldBill PeetWe Are teachers
160The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the SeasonsSid FarrarStart With A Book
161There Was a TreeRachel IsadoraStart With A Book
162Turtle BaySaviour PirottaRead That Again
163Under Water, Under Earth Sierra Club
164Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local FarmDeborah HodgeStart With A Book
165
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
 A Mighty Girl
166Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the CityDeborah HodgeStart With A Book
167We’re Sailing to Galapagos: A Week in the PacificLaurie KrebsStart With A Book
168What If There Were No Bees?Suzanne SladeStart With A Book
169When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All SeasonsJulie FoglianoStart With A Book
170Where Once There Was a WoodDenise FlemingStart With A Book
171Where The Forest Meets The SeaJeannie BakerRead That Again
172Where the River BeginsThomas LockerStart With A Book
173Where the Wisdom Lies: Children Of the Earth
174Who Was Rachel Carson? A Mighty Girl
175Whole World Children Of the Earth
176Why Do We Need Bees?Emily BoneStart With A Book
177Wild Animals of the NorthDieter Braun.Sierra Club
178Wilderness: An Interactive Atlas of AnimalsHannah PangStart With A Book
179WindowJeannie BakerRead That Again
180Wolf IslandCelia GodkinWe Are teachers
181Wonderful Nature, Wonderful YouKarin IrelandChildren Of the Earth
182You’re Aboard Spaceship EarthPatricia LauberRead That Again


10 Best Ecology Children’s Book Sources/Lists



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Nature Where the wild tales are: how stories teach kids to nurture
NWF Summer Reading to Inspire Outdoor Time for Kids
Read That Again Children’s Book Reviews
Sierra Club 10 Nature-Themed Books to Give Kids of All Ages
Start With A Book Nature and the Environment: Fiction & nonfiction children’s books and …
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