Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, the 52nd anniversary of the start of the modern environmental movement. The theme for this year's celebration is Invest in Our Planet, encouraging everyone–businesses, governments, and citizens–to act, innovate and implement meaningful change before it's too late.

To that end, it's never too early to start talking to kids about our planet and environment and ways to take care of the earth. One of the most simple and effective ways? Picture books that introduce them to the importance of plants and flowers, trees, clean water, and recycling. Better yet, after reading some of these books, you can even make a day out of it and tie in an Earth Day activity related to one of the books you read that will help keep the planet healthy!

We've put together a short list of some of our favorite books about the environment to read for Earth Day.

Counting on the Earth
$9.89

Counting on the Earth by Mudpuppy and Ekaterina Trukhan

A colorful counting book that introduces the youngest readers to the beauty of our one and only planet. Each number is paired with eco-friendly language to learn about the world around them.

The Earth Book
$12.87

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Todd Parr is known for his colorful, fun children’s books, and this one is no different. This book shows why it is important to take care of our earth and how we can do so in a way that even young children can understand and be a part of. It’s a fun addition to any collection and is great to read year-round.

This Little Environmentalist
$7.35

This Little Environmentalist: A Love the Earth Primer by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode

Highlighting ten memorable environmentalists who paved the way, this colorful board book is perfect for your budding earth lover. It’s packed with fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations to inspire the next generation of activists.

Bee- A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
$15.63

Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

This fun and interactive picture book shows children how bees contribute to the ecosystem and why it is important that they survive. With vivid colors and fun cutouts, this is a great way to show kids that bees are our friends.

One Earth by Eileen Spinelli and Rogério Coelho
$16.55

One Earth by Eileen Spinelli and Rogério Coelho

Through sweet and gentle verse, One Earth highlights the beauty of our one and only planet and teaches children that every single person on it can make a difference. It’s a celebration and a challenge that encourages kids of all ages to help protect the world around us.

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade
$16.55

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade

This beautiful book was the winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal and is a must-add to any picture book collection. Inspired by Indigenous-led movements, the book shows the importance of protecting our water supply. The prose is lyrical and the illustrations are vibrant, making this one that adults will love just as much as kids.

Our House is on Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet by Jeanette Winter
$16.55

Our House is on Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet by Jeanette Winter

Greta Thunberg is one of the world’s leading activists on the climate crisis, and this picture book is a great way to introduce her and the issues she speaks about to your children. It tells the story of how she got interested in the climate crisis, what she’s done to fight for the planet and how even the youngest person can make a difference in the world.

The Boy Who Grew a Forest- The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz and Kayla Harren
$15.63

The Boy Who Grew a Forest–The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz and Kayla Harren

That said, Greta isn’t the only kid out there moving mountains. As a boy Jadav Payeng was troubled by the destruction deforestation and erosion was causing on his island home in India’s Brahmaputra River. So he started planting. What began as a thicket of bamboo has grown into a 1,300 acre forest over decades. A clear example of how one person can make all the difference.

My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan and Francesca Sanna
$16.55

My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan and Francesca Sanna

This love letter to the planet tells the story of all the things Earth does for us: brings us summer rain, whispers snow, and protects seeds for the spring. The die-cut pages provide exploration for kids and the book is a great jumping-off point for discussions about life science and protecting the Earth.

The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken
$16.55

The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken

This poetic book with warm, gentle illustrations shows how humans are strong and connected with one another, just like trees. Young kids will love the inviting pictures and story while older children and adults will appreciate the layers of meaning within the text. Good for all ages, it’s a beautiful book about nature and humanity, and connecting to the natural world.

Zonia's Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal
$16.55

Zonia's Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal

Each morning, the Peruvian rain forest calls out to Zonia. Filled with lush greenery and a stunning array of animals, she has a strong bond with the place she calls home. Until one day the rainforest calls out to her in a troubled voice. How will she answer? Filled with dreamy illustrations created on paper made from banana bark, it also includes a translation of the story in Asháninka, information on the Asháninka community and on the Amazon rain forest and its wildlife.