When it comes to life questions (both big and small), it's not uncommon to find me with my nose in a book, searching for answers. Because whether I am looking for a particular beloved passage or simply advice on how to navigate a sticky situation, I believe that books have a way of helping me discover solutions. The same goes for showing my kid what's up in terms of potty training, cleaning up her room, or how to find her way in this world. That's why I was psyched to find these
children's books about Mother Nature, because, well, our Earth is pretty important.
And with Earth Day just around the corner (Apr. 22), you might be looking for resources to especially focus on lessons like planting a tree, recycling, or conserving energy around the house. I've even included a book about composting and another
written by an especially amazing 11-year-old girl who used her art to raise money for the Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup.
Because whether it's Earth Day or not, you're probably looking for a way to show your little ones why taking care of the environment helps to preserve a better future for not only the next generations, but the vibrancy of planet Earth. And that's an all-the-time-kind-of-lesson if you ask me.
1 'The EARTH Book' by Todd Parr by Todd Parr The Earth Book , $10, Amazon
author Todd Parr explores taking care of the environment with phrases like, "I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference..." Made entirely from recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, the book includes plenty of ideas — from planting a tree to reusing old items — for how kids can take care of their planet. The Earth Book 2 '10 Things I Can Do To Help My World' by Melanie Walsh 3 'Why Should I Recycle?' by Jen Green Why Should I Recycle? , $6, Amazon
, kids meet Mr. Jones, a teacher who shows his students how to separate trash for recycling by taking them on a trip to a recycling plant. At the end of the book, parents and teachers will find ideas for how to use the book for learning. Why Should I Recycle? 4 'Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration' by Alyssa Satin Capucilli 5 'I Am Earth: An Earth Day Book For Kids' by James and Rebecca McDonald 6 'Heal The Earth' by Julian Lennon by Julian Lennon, $12, Heal the Earth Amazon , the second book in Julian Lennon's White Feather Flier Adventure Series, takes kids on a magical plane ride where they can Heal the Earth visit cities to cultivate green spaces, learn how to give animals homes, and bring medicine to people in need. Not only do your little ones learn about saving the environment, but they see just how fun it can be to lend a helping hand. 7 'Compost Stew: An A To Z Recipe For The Earth' by Mary McKenna Siddals 8 'Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth' by Oliver Jeffers by Oliver Jeffers, $14, Here We Are Amazon
Oliver Jeffers, the author of the popular
, uses his fun, witty writing style to teach kids about the ins and outs of life on Earth with his The Day the Crayons Quit . Kindness and tolerance are the hallmarks of this book and, really, what more could we want for our kids' future? Here We Are 9 'Curious George Plants a Tree' by Margret and H.A. Rey by H.A. Rey, $5, Curious George Plants a Tree Amazon
Back at it with his lovable antics, Curious George decides he wants to lend a hand for the science museum's "Green Day," a day dedicated to recycling and planting trees. True to Curious George form, George finds himself in a number of tricky situations throughout
, but eventually learns what it means for a community to come together and make a difference. Curious George Plants a Tree 10 'One Tree' by IKids y IKids, $7, One Tree b Amazon
, children learn how to respect the natural beauty of a tree, as well as all of the creatures that rely on it for food and shelter. According to Amazon, the book is made from 98 percent post consumer recycled materials and One Tree printed with eco-friendly inks. 11 'The Earth And I' by Frank Asch by Frank Asch, $8, The Earth and I Amazon
Author Frank Asch details a colorful story in
, highlighting the friendship of a child and their planet Earth. The two play together and listen to each other, and when the Earth is sad, the child learns how to make it happy. The Earth and I 12 'It's Earth Day!' by Mercer Mayer by Mercer Mayer, $3, It's Earth Day Amazon
The popular Little Critter series follows its characters as they learn how to slow down global warming
by relying on the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Throughout they learn about the importance of not wasting water or energy, and why planting trees helps to make the planet beautiful. It's Earth Day 13 'The Curious Garden' by Peter Brown by Peter Brown The Curious Garden , $16, Amazon
follows a little boy named Liam who comes upon a struggling garden and is determined to take care of it. Colorful illustrations of the eventual lush, blooming garden show kids the importance of making the world greener, one garden at a time. The Curious Garden 14 'Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf' by Olivia Bouler 15 'We Planted A Tree' by Diane Muldrow We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow, $8, Amazon We Planted a Tree features two families in two different parts of the world who each plant a tree. Throughout the book, children will witness the trees flourishing along with the families, showing how a singular plant can help clean the air, supply fruit and shade, and, of course, make the planet more beautiful. Check out Romper's new video series, Bearing The Motherload , where disagreeing parents from different sides of an issue sit down with a mediator and talk about how to support (and not judge) each other’s parenting perspectives. New episodes air Mondays on Facebook.