Books on: Looking After The Planet

Books that promote environmental issues and explain them in a simple way that children can understand. Some books suggest practical ways a child can become involved in caring for the planet, including recycling.

Christopher Nibble
Author: Charlotte Middleton
Illustrator: Charlotte Middleton
How this book may help: This book is a great way to introduce the 'green' issue of food sustainability in a very child-friendly way. It also promotes sharing and co-operation.
Christopher Nibble is a hamster who had one thing he loved more than football: eating dandelion... read more

Tags: co-operation, environment, sharing


Peas!
Author: Andrew Cullen
Illustrator: Simon Rickerty
How this book may help: This book may encourage a child who is reluctant to eat vegetables to give them a try. It's also a good introduction to the 'green' issue of food miles, and may make children appreciate the effort and resources that go into getting food onto their plates.
The story of two peas called Pete and Penelope and their long journey from field to fork. The book... read more

Tags: eating, environment


Ten Things I Can Do to Help My World
Author: Melanie Walsh
Illustrator: Melanie Walsh
Written in the first person in simple language for young children, this book encourages the reader... read more

Tags: environment, recycling


Lunchbox: The Story of Your Food
Author: Christine Butterworth
Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti
How this book may help: This fun and informative book about food and its production may stimulate a child's interest in good nutrition and food provenance. Knowing more about the process and effort that have gone into farming and producing the food may also discourage a child from wasting food.
This visually appealing picture book takes the reader through the steps involved in... read more

Tags: diet, eating, environment, exercise


The Happy Book
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Caroline Uff
How this book may help: A great starting point for talking about both positive and negative feelings with very young children. This book may gently encourage co-operation and good behaviour.
This charming book contains simply written messages encouraging children to spread happiness to... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, behaviour, bullying, emotions, environment, exercise, fears, sadness, sharing, tantrums


My Green Day
Author: Melanie Walsh
Illustrator: Melanie Walsh
How this book may help: A lovely simple way to encourage very young children to protect the environment and save resources.
The book suggests ten ways to have a 'greener' day, including composting, drying washing outdoors,... read more

Tags: environment, helping, recycling

Recycling Fun (Peppa Pig)
Author: Ladybird
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Encouraging young children to recycle.
This is one of a collection of books (based on the popular animated TV series) about a little pig... read more

Tags: environment, recycling

Dinosaurs and all that rubbish
Author: Michael Foreman
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
How this book may help: Environment, Ecology, Co-operation
A man stands on a hill and dreams of reaching a far away star. He builds a rocket to reach the star... read more

Tags: co-operation, environment

Michael Recycle
Author: Ellie Bethel
Illustrator: Alexandra Colombo
How this book may help: May encourage children to adopt environmentally friendly practices such as recycling.
Superhero Michael Recycle swoops in to save a grimy and careless town where the residents lazily... read more

Tags: environment, recycling

George Saves the World by Lunchtime
Author: Jo Readman
Illustrator: Ley Honor Roberts
How this book may help: Promotes a positive view of recycling and suggests practical ways that young children can care for their environment.
George, who loves dressing up as a superhero, is keen to save the world by lunchtime, but isn't... read more

Tags: environment, recycling

Doing the Garden
Author: Sarah Garland
Illustrator: Sarah Garland
How this book may help: May encourage children to help at home and get involved with gardening by showing how much fun it can be.
This picture book provides a realistic view of a mother gardening with her children in an urban... read more

Tags: co-operation, environment, helping, mother, single parent

Another Fine Mess
Author: Tony Bonning
Illustrator: Sally Hobson
How this book may help: A tale about how each of us is responsible for our own rubbish and that one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure.
Fox lives in his rather messy den and one morning the postman delivers a letter from his Uncle... read more

Tags: helping, environment, co-operation

Hey! What's That Nasty Whiff?
Author: Julie Jarman
Illustrator: Garry Parsons
How this book may help: There are some positive messages about recycling and the environment, working together and helping each other within this fun picture book.
"Hyena was a cleaner, she kept things spick and span. She picked up after others with a little... read more

Tags: co-operation, environment, helping, recycling

Rubbish and Recycling
Author: Stephanie Turnbull
Illustrator: Christyan Fox
How this book may help: Encouraging positive behaviour by being “green”
The book gives a general overview of what happens with our rubbish and follows its journey to be... read more

Tags: environment, recycling

The Trouble with Dragons
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: An easy to understand fable in which the dragons stand for mankind and the dangers posed to the environment by some of our activities are described.
The dragons (i.e. mankind) are multiplying fast, so that there are more of them than the earth can... read more

Tags: environment, recycling

Grow Organic Eat Organic
Author: Lone Morton
Illustrator: Martin Ursell
How this book may help: This factual picture book provides children with lots of information on growing and eating organic produce.
The book covers as many aspects of the subject as an adult's book would, but is written in a... read more

Tags: eating, environment

For Everyone To Share
Author: Gillian Lobel
Illustrator: Daniel Howarth
How this book may help: Useful for very young children to celebrate and experience the world around them
Little Mouse's first trip out of his nest is a journey of discovery, as he finds so many wonderful... read more

Tags: environment, independence

One World
Author: Michael Foreman
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Concern about the environment and demonstrates how we can all care, fight pollution and make a difference.
Two children create their own world from a rock pool and realise how their actions have had an... read more

Tags: environment

Measuring Angels
Author: Lesley Ely
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
Two little girls are given a sunflower seed to plant and care for but they argue and the plant... read more

Tags: friends, behaviour, relationships

Born To Love Frogs
Author: Jacqueline Nicoll
Illustrator: Gabriel Evans
How this book may help: Encourages children to nurture their environment and care for others.
The story of a little boy who is born with a love of nature, in particular frogs. He reads a... read more

Tags: co-operation, environment

Recycling!
Author:
Illustrator: Jess Stockham
How this book may help: This book might encourage children to recycle, reduce waste and be responsible for looking after the environment.
The two young children in this simple book are shown helping to sort out items for recycling. The... read more

Tags: co-operation, environment, recycling

Christopher's Bicycle (Christopher Nibble)
Author: Charlotte Middleton
Illustrator: Charlotte Middleton
How this book may help: Encourages children to get involved in recycling and offers simple instructions on how to make recycled gifts.
Christopher's Bicycle is one of a series of popular books featuring Christopher Nibble, a... read more

Tags: bicycle, environment, recycling

Oi! Get Off Our Train
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book may spark an early interest in animal conservation in a young child.
Publisher's summary: "A little boy sets off on a round-the-world night train to dreamland with only his toy dog for..." read more

Tags: environment

Litterbug Doug: In the Missions of Michael Recycle
Author: Ellie Bethel
Illustrator: Alexandra Colombo
Publisher's summary: "Litterbug Doug was a lazy, idle-boned, littering thug. And worst of all, he hated recycling! Cue..." read more

Tags: environment, recycling

Yes I Can! Help Save Our Planet: A Lift-the-flap Book
Author: Emma Brownjohn
Illustrator: Emma Brownjohn
Publisher's summary: "A lift-the-flaps series of positive action titles for small children. The first title in the..." read more

Tags: environment, recycling

Topsy and Tim: Go Green
Author: Jean and Gareth Adamson
Illustrator: Belinda Worsley
How this book may help: Encourages children to look after our planet by taking positive steps such as recycling.
Publisher's summary: "Topsy and Tim are always finding fun adventures in the real world, and this story is reassuring for..." read more

Tags: environment, recycling

Manners at the Park
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: The Manners books show children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their daily lives. These stories help children to develop their social skills early in a fun and friendly way.
Publisher's summary: "In this story, Lily, Julia, Peter, Jim and the other children all play in the park. They learn to..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, dog, environment, helping, manners, pet, road safety, sharing

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