Introduction – Teaching Children About Sustainability
ShrinkThatFootprint is about global carbon reduction and a big part of carbon reduction is reducing consumption, reusing, upcyling. These are philosophies that are in line with sustainability. We’d like to do something a bit different, in reviewing children’s picture books about sustainability, we find ways for the kids to have fun and learn something in their reading.
By understanding how our actions impact carbon and the environment, we can all play a part in preserving our planet for future generations. There are many ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. Some simple things we can do daily include conserving water, recycling, using energy-efficient appliances, and composting. When we make sustainability a part of our daily routine, we protect our environment and move towards a beteter future. Children’s picture books about sustainability are really great to teach kids the whys and hows of living a sustainable lifestyle.
It is not always easy to find a sustainability book for children. The good news is that more and more publishers are beginning to produce high-quality, sustainable children’s books. The available selection will continue to grow as the demand for these books increases.
Children’s Picture Books About Sustainability
Children’s picture books about sustainability can play an important role in teaching children about the importance of preserving our natural resources. Through engaging stories and colorful illustrations, these books can help children understand the concept of sustainability and why it is important to protect our environment. The following are some of the best children’s picture books about sustainability currently available:
1. Change Starts With Us
In “Change Starts With Us,” Sophie beer tells the story of a group of school children who decide to make a difference in their community by working together to reduce waste and promote sustainability. The book contains active, engaging illustrations that bring the story to life. The children are shown working together to sort trash, plant gardens, and build compost bins. They can help their community reduce its carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly through their efforts. The book sends a powerful message about the importance of working together to make a difference. It is an excellent resource for children interested in learning more about sustainability and the environment.
2. The Great Realization
Children are the future, and it is important to instill values of sustainability in them at a young age. The Great Realization is a wonderful children’s picture book that does just that. Written by Thomas Roberts and illustrated by Nomoco, the book tells the story of before the pandemic and after, a realization of whats importance. This is a great book for parents who want to introduce their children to sustainability concepts.
3. Compost Stew
In Compost Stew, McKenna Siddals and Wolff teach children the importance of sustainability through the example of composting. The book starts with a young girl, Fiona, tasked with making dinner for her family. As she begins preparing the meal, she thinks about where all the ingredients came from and how they will eventually end up as waste.
She then has the idea to compost her food scraps, which she does with the help of her neighbor, Mrs. McGillicuddy. Together, they turn their food waste into nutrient-rich compost that helps to grow a beautiful garden. Through this simple story, Siddals and Wolff show children that even their leftover food can be put to good use. In addition to being an entertaining read, Compost Stew is a great way to teach children about the importance of sustainability.
4. The Earth Book
This book is printed with recycled materials. Written and illustrated by Todd Parr, the book promotes simple ways children can help take care of the planet. For example, it encourages kids to recycle, save energy, and reduce their consumption of single-use plastics. With its bright pictures and easy-to-understand text, The Earth Book is a perfect tool for teaching sustainable living to young children. Moreover, it’s a fun and engaging read that will leave kids eager to help protect our planet.
5. Why Should I Recycle?
Children’s picture books about sustainability are a great way to teach kids about the importance of recycling. Recycling can help reduce pollution, conserve resources, and save money. It’s never too early to start teaching kids about the importance of taking care of our planet. Jen Green and Mike Gordon’s “Why Should I Recycle?” is a great children’s book that covers all the basics of why recycling is important. Through beautiful illustrations and simple text, the book explains how recycling can help reduce pollution, conserve resources, and save money. It also offers tips on how to get started recycling at home. This book is a great resource for parents, teachers, and anyone looking for a fun and educational way to teach kids about sustainability. This book is targeted to the 4-7 age group, so its a pretty young readership.
6. We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers
We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers is a great children’s picture book about sustainability by Lauren Child. The book follows the adventures of Lola and her brother Charlie as they recycle everything they can get their hands on. The pair make sure that nothing goes to waste, from old tin cans to plastic bottles. We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers is a fun and educational book that teaches children the importance of recycling and sustainability. With bright illustrations and an engaging story, the book is sure to capture young readers’ imaginations. We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers is a great choice for parents and teachers looking for a way to teach children about the environment and sustainability.
7. What Does It Mean to Be Green?
What Does It Mean to Be Green? by Rana Diorio and Chris Blair is a great children’s picture book about sustainability. The book starts by defining what it means to be green, which is “the quality of being environmentally responsible and aware.” It then talks about the various ways people can be more sustainable, including recycling, composting, reducing energy consumption, and using renewable energy sources. The book is full of bright and colorful illustrations and includes a glossary of terms for young readers to reference. This book is a fun and informative read that will help children learn about the importance of caring for our planet.
In conclusion, children’s books about sustainability are important because they help instill environmental responsibility values in young readers. ‘The Earth Book,’ ‘Why Should I Recycle?,’ ‘We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers,’ and ‘What Does It Mean to Be green?’ are all great examples of such books.
With their bright pictures and easy-to-understand text, these books are perfect for teaching sustainable living to young children. Moreover, they are fun and engaging reads that will leave kids eager to help protect our planet.
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Anna Lauer is a writer, gardener, and homesteader living in rural Wisconsin. She has written for Mother Earth News, Grit, and Hobby Farms magazines. Anna is writing a new book about growing your food for free and an ultimate guide to producing food at little to no cost. When she’s not writing or gardening, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.