World Earth Day: Read to Protect Our Planet

Do you take your own bag to the supermarket? Have you been recycling? Switch off the lights! Why don’t you cycle to work?

It’s that time of the year when we are all reminded of the importance of being environmentally-friendly. Across the world, April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day. But is it enough to go green for just a day and forget about it soon after? Absolutely not! For decades now, books have been used to introduce children to different environmental themes. Have a look at eight incredible books that will inspire your students to be green citizens for life.

1.Let’s Plant Trees by Vinod Lal Heera Eshwer (3 to 5 years)

Imagine finding a seed (pongamia) inside a book! Here’s the perfect book to celebrate trees and inspire a generation of tree-huggers. Let’s Catch the Rain, Eshwer’s book on saving rainwater, is also a thoughtful, important book recommended to schools by the CBSE.

2. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (5 to 8 years)

Published in 1971, this environmental fable has been considered as one of the ‘Top 100 Picture Books’ of all time in a 2012 poll by the American Library Association. A book every school library must own!

3. Polar Bear, Why is Your World Melting? by Robert E Wells (7 to 9 years)

Using the example of the Arctic ice melting and polar bears struggling to cope, this book explains the phenomenon of global warming in a simple, engaging manner.

4. The New 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth by The EarthWorks Group (9 to 12)

A wonderful book that shows children simple ways in which to make a difference to the environment. A slightly expensive book that is worth buying!

5. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (10 and above)

An unusual ecological mystery involving endangered owls, a Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows and three middle-school kids on a mission to protect the owls’ home.

[Note: The image used in this blog post has been illustrated by Mike Gordon for ‘Why Should I Save Energy?’ published by Hodder Children’s Books.]

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