I Love to Read is a month-long celebration that is held each year in February to encourage reading, writing, and sharing in the joy of literacy. We’ve put together a list of environmentally-themed children’s books to help inspire future environmental stewards!

“Here We Are” by Oliver Jeffers
“Seeds of Change” by Jen Cullterton Johnson
“If Sharks Disappeared” by Lily Williams
“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein (*staff pick*)
“The Water Princess” by Susan Verde
“Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle
“Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt” by Kate Messner
“Bee & Me” by Alison Jay
“Touch the Earth” by Julian Lennon with Bart Davis
“The Lorax” by Dr. Suess
“Margarito’s Forest” by Andy Carter
“Life” by Cynthia Rylant
“One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia” by Miranda Paul
“The Promise” by Nicola Davies
“Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers” by Lauren Child
“Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green” by Eileen Spinelli
“Marty McGuire Digs Worms!” by Kate Messner
“Anywhere Farm” by Phyllis Root
“Bee & Me” by Alison Jay
“City Green” by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
“On Meadowview Street” by Henry Cole
“Compost Stew” by Mary McKenna Siddals
“The End of the Wild” by Nicole Helget
“The Everything Kids’ Environment Book” by Sheri Amsel
“What Does It Mean to be Green?” by Rana DiOrio
“The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge” by Joanna Cole
“Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon
“Ruby’s School Walk” by Kathryn White
“The Walking School Bus” by John Obremski
“Traveling Green” by Jacqueline A. Ball
“Why Should I Walk More Often” by M. J. Knight
“The Earth and I” by Frank Asch
“Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf” by Olivia Bouler

Look for these books at the library or local bookstore!

Winnipeg Public Library Info:
Winnipeg Public Library Hours and Locations
Winnipeg Library Newsletter
Little Free Libraries Locations

Winnipeg Used Bookstores:
Winnipeg Association of Secondhand Booksellers

Donate Used Books Here:
Children’s Hospital Book Market

The Importance of Nature Books for Children 

Unfortunately, children today do not have as much interaction with nature as their parents and previous generations have. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, says that this disconnect from the natural world is having negative effects on children’s mental and physical health, as well as an impact on future environmental sustainability. It is important that parents and educators find as many ways possible to reconnect children with nature!

We should not think of a child’s experience in nature as an extracurricular activity… It should be thought of as vital to children’s health and development.” – Richard Louv