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Earth Day Reads

Do your part to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by checking out materials from your local library! And don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd by checking out some our handpicked selections for children of all ages.

Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard

Attention fellow Earthlings! Whether your idea of celebrating Earth Day involves planting trees, starting an Earth Day Club at school, organizing an Earth Day Trade in your neighborhood, or simply having a low-tech night at home, you can extend these awesome activities into the year and celebrate Earth Day every day. Learn how by reading this fun and informative book. After all, keeping our Mother Earth clean and beautiful is a job for everyone.

For more fun and practical tips about ways that you can make the Earth a better place, make sure to check out Recycle Every Day and Save Energy Every Day by Tammy Gagne.


The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book: Fun Projects for All Seasons by Kari Cornell

Calling all green thumbs…and brown thumbs too! Learn how to garden in any season by picking up a copy of this step-by-step guide to creating cool gardening projects.  Build a sweet pea tent this spring, plant a strawberry basket this summer, make a compost bin this fall, and create a terrarium in a jar this winter! Beautiful photographs, a supply guide, resource guide, and helpful glossary make this an indispensable book for all young, aspiring gardeners.

Young crafters, make sure to checkout Earth-Friendly Crafts From Recycled Stuff in 5 Easy Steps by Anna Llimos.


In Mary’s Garden by Tina & Carson Kugler

Travel back in time to learn about renowned Wisconsin artist, Mary Nohl (1914-2001) and her imaginative garden of found treasures. This picture biography is full of charming illustrations and tells a heartwarming story about finding beauty in everyday and uncommon objects.

Children who enjoy stories about making old things new again will also want to check out Glamorous Garbage by Barbara Johansen Newman and Mr. King’s Things by Genevieve Cote.


Recycling Day by Edward Miller

Young readers will adore this inventive recycling tale. Appealing graphics, fun facts, and an uplifting message make this an excellent selection for young students interested in thinking green and making the world a better place.

Caregivers looking for a playful recycling book geared towards preschoolers will want to make sure to checkout Recycling is Fun by Charles Ghigna.


If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

This simple yet poignant tale about the power of kindness and generosity is masterfully woven by author and illustrator Kadir Nelson. Nelson’s earthy and vivid painted animal and outdoor illustrations truly make this story shine. Share this beautiful book with your little one this Earth Day and every day.

Also make sure to check out Earth Day, Birthday! by Maureen Wright for a great storytime selection. Budding readers will enjoy Katie Woo: Katie Saves the Earth by Fran Manushkin and Curious George: A Home for Honeybees by Julie Tibbott.


Why We Live Where We Live by Kira Vermond

Ever wonder why we live where we live? Interested in learning more about climate change, natural disasters, urban planning, or the history of cities? If so, this is just the book for you! Chock-full of interesting facts, conversational text, and colorful illustrations, this unique read is not only informative but also downright fun. This Earth Day, delve into the history of how we influence planet Earth and vice versa. 


Jessica Gonzalez

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Jessica is a Librarian at the Downtown Library. Her passions include historic home remodeling, gardening, travel, cooking, and spending time with her husband and their adorable animals, Stella and François.

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