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Article  •  20 November 2020


9 great environmental books for children

Including fun craft projects, incredible facts and stories of real children changing the world!

Help your child understand how important our planet is and the positive changes we can all make with DK’s best climate change books for kids. Covering everything from recycling and the small everyday changes you can make, to the science of plastic and the cause of climate change.

1. Fish 

A beautifully illustrated picture book about Finn, the fisherman, and his dog Skip, who discover how much damage human rubbish is doing to the sea that they love so much. You and your child will follow the pair as they learn about the changes they can make that will make a big difference to their favourite fishing spot.

2. Be Plastic Clever 

Teenage activists Amy and Ella Meek explain all about how reducing single use plastics will help save our planet. Discover who Amy and Ella’s favourite environmental heroes are, including David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg, and how your child can become an environmental activist too!

3. Recycle and Remake

Save the planet while doing crafts! These 15 crafts for kids use items from your recycling pile to create a bee hotel, pencil pots, bracelets, bookmarks, a shadow theatre and more! Information about the environment shows children why it is better to reuse and recycle.

4. Under Your Feet

Down where worms wriggle and microbes squirm, there's a whole world waiting to be discovered. Bursting with colourful illustrations and photography, this is the perfect book for budding young plant experts, animal fanatics, and geologists, and anyone who is curious about the ground we walk on.

5. What A Waste

In What a Waste, author Jess French reveals extraordinary facts about the waste we produce and its impact on us and our planet. She also shows us what we can do to help protect our planet. DK asked children to tell us what they thought of the book: one said ‘you learn lots of facts that you never would have heard before!'

6. How to Make a Better World

Written by Keilly Swift, the managing editor of children’s newspaper First News, How to Make a Better World is a treasure trove of positive ideas and changes children can make in all aspects of their life to make a better world for them, for their families, their communities and their future.

7. DKfindout! Climate Change

A great general introduction laying out the science behind the natural process of climate change that has been massively sped up by humans, covering everything from the impact of traffic pollution to animal farming, and the widespread effects of this change.

8. Climate Emergency Atlas

A unique visual representation of the cause of climate change. Packed with environmental facts and figures, more than 30 dynamic maps tells you everything you need to know about the current climate emergency, and what we can do to turn things around.

9. The Renegades Arctic Meltdown

Meet The Renegades, a group of environmentally conscious super heroes, who form to save the world from the Methanaur, a monster woken by the earth warming up. Originally developed as an online comic strip by students at King's College, London.

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