An Annotated Bibliography of
Children's Literature with Environmental Themes
Adapted from a bibliography compiled by Nancy Andersen, Librarian OLCS, Erie, PA and Susan Miceli, Children's Services Manager, ECPL, Erie, PA
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Albert, Richard E. Alejandro's Gift. Chronicle Books; ISBN: 0811813428
A Reading Rainbow Selection - Alejandro, who lives along a desert road with a burro as his only companion, decides to plant a garden to help pass his lonely hours. What the garden leads to is more than the old man could have imagined. An uplifting story with a powerful environmental lesson.
Allsburg, Chris Van. Just a Dream. Houghton Mifflin Co (Juv); ISBN: 0395533082
A surrealistic masterpiece about the environment. Young Walter couldn't care less about the environment until a terrifying nightmare about the future--with landfills buying neighborhoods--drastically changes his perspective.
Amsel, Sheri. *A Wetland Walk. Brookfield CT: The Millbrook Press, 1993. ISBN 1562942131
Rhyming text leads the reader through a daylong walk in a marsh. This book is a good introduction to the wetland environment, with an easy-to-read reference section providing wetland information. The quiet pictures and subtle text stress the value of quiet observation.
Arnosky, Jim. Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1997. ISBN 0689805837
Crinkleroot is a colorful fictional explorer and wildlife observer who introduces children to different wildlife habitats. His nature walks take him through wetlands, woodlands, cornfields and grasslands. This guide is one of a series of Crinkleroot nature guides for young children. Watercolor illustrations clearly describe the animals that live in each type of habitat.
Baker, Jeannie. *Window. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1991. ISBN 0688089186
This wordless picture book chronicles events and changes in a young boy's habitat as seen through the window of his room. A peaceful rural neighborhood evolves slowly into a crowded and dirty city. Australian author and illustrator Baker uses collage construction to indicate the passage of time and to describe the effect of growth and development on the child's environment. At the end of the story, the boy is grown, and is seen moving his own child to a new house in a another rural area. And the cycle begins again.
Baker, Jeannie. Where the Forest Meets the Sea. William Morrow & Company; ISBN: 0688063632
On a camping trip in an Australian rain forest with his father, a young boy thinks about the history of the plant and animal life around him and wonders about their future.
Bang, Molly. Common ground: The Water, Earth and Air We Share. New York: Blue Sky Press, 1997. ISBN 0590100564
How do our individual actions affect the world? This modern parable invites discussion of this question. It is a simple parable of sheep that reveals a disturbing paradox about our relationships with the environment that sustains us. With older children, it can be used as an illustration of short-term solutions vs. long term consequences.
Behn, Harry. *Trees. New York: Henry Holt and Co, 1992. ISBN 0805035508
The rhythmic text highlights the importance of observation skills in nature. The melodic words complement the detailed drawings of trees and the creatures that depend upon them. It is one of the few current picture books printed on recycled paper.
Bjork, Christina. Linnea in Monet's Garden. Stockholm: R&S Books, 1985. ISBN 9129583144
The author uses a mix of fiction, fact and fantasy to describe a young girl's visit to Monet's garden in France. Actual photographs of Monet's garden are combined with watercolor drawings and reproductions of Monet's paintings.
Bornstein, Ruth Lercher. Rabbit's Good News. New York: Clarion Books, 1995. ISBN 0395687004
Rabbit leaves his warm, dark burrow and discovers that winter is receding and spring is approaching. Children can compare the coming of spring in their own neighborhood with the colors seen by Rabbit. The beautiful watercolor illustrations progress from the cool blues and greys of late winter to the bright yellow and pink of early summer.
Bowden, Marcia. Nature for the Very Young A handbook of indoor and outdoor activities. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc, 1989. ISBN 047162084X
These preschool activities highlight the value of listening and observing during nature walks. The author stresses the importance of using all the senses to truly experience nature. Since early childhood is the best time to introduce environmental education, the book gives ideas, stories, and patterns to use with toddlers and preschoolers.
Brenner, Barbara. The Earth Is Painted Green : A Garden of Poems About Our Planet. Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590451340
A collection of nearly one hundred poems, from authors including Carl Sandburg, Shel Silverstein, John Ciardi, and Margaret Wise Brown, offers an evocation and celebration of the miracle of nature and the wonders of Earth.
Brown, Craig. In the Spring. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1994. ISBN 0688109845
The spring signals the arrival of many babies, both animal and human. Simple text e.g. cat had kittens, the cow had a calf, the sow had piglets, make this a great book for the youngest listeners.
Brown, Ruth. Toad. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1997. ISBN 0525457577
A slimy, grimy toad has a close call with a monster in the swamp. Toad is fun to read to adults, or an engaging introduction to wetlands for children. Gruesome, yucky pictures highlight the rhythmic text. It is a wonderful story to use as an introduction to wetland habitats.
Bunting, Eve. Secret Place. New York: Clarion Books, 1996. ISBN 0395643678
This book is one of the infrequent stories about experiencing nature in the city. A young boy finds a patch of wilderness in the middle of the urban landscape. Expressive language makes the hidden nature preserve come alive with sound and color. Green -winged mallards cackle, coots quack, teals rah-rah, possums and coyotes slink.
Burningham, John. Hey! Get Off Our Train. New York: Crown Publishing, 1989. ISBN 0517882043
A boy dreams about rescuing endangered species as he takes a train ride. Each animal boards the train and explains why the survival of their species is threatened by habitat destruction. A catchy repeating refrain encourages kids to join in the reading of this book.
Carlstrom, Nancy. *Wild Wild Sunflower Child Anna. New York: Macmillan Publishers, 1987. ISBN 0689714459
An African-American child experiences a sense of wonder while exploring the outdoors. Bright pictures illustrate the joys of sun, sky, grass, flowers, berries, frogs, ants and beetles.
Carlson, Nancy White. *How Does the Wind Walk? New York: Macmillan, 1993. ISBN 0027172759
A little boy watches the wind through the four seasons. The illustrations celebrate the changing moods of nature throughout the year.
Carson, Rachel. The Sense of Wonder Harpercollins; ISBN: 006757520X
Featuring stunning new photographs, many in color, and an updated design, this special reissue of Rachel Carson's award-winning classic--originally published by Harper & Row in 1965--encourages sharing the miracle of nature with children.
Cazet, Denys. *Mother Night. New York: Orchard Books, 1989. ISBN 0531058301
Beautiful cartoon animals put their children to bed. Mother Night is here to hush the earth, to shake her dark quilt and let dreams tumble down. Children can guess: who will wake her children? A whimsical explanation of the cycles of time.
Cherry, Lynn. The Great Kapok Tree. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990. ISBN 015200520X
A man in the rainforest has a dream that the rainforest animals beg him not to destroy their homes. This book proclaims a conservation message about the most widely studied endangered habitat, the South American rainforest. Endpapers show a map of historical and current areas of rainforest, layers of animals, and pictures of the animals, birds and insects mentioned in the story.
Cianciolo, Patricia J. Picture Books for Children. Chicago: American Library Association, 1973. ISBN 0838907016
A classic, but dated guide to well-written, imaginatively illustrated picture books of interest to children of all ages and backgrounds. Subjects include: Me and my family, Other people, the World I live in and the Imaginative world. The only area that might be considered an ecology or environment entry is the World I live in, e.g. Turtle Pond by Bernice Freschet and Feathered Ones and Furry by Arleen Fischer.
Cole, Sheila. *When the Rain Stops. New York: Lothrop, Lee Shepard Books, 1991. ISBN 0688076548
A father and daughter pick berries after the storm, encountering a variety of wildflowers on the way. The illustrations and text portray rain as positive and life giving and examine the actions of people and animals during a summer storm.
Cowcher, Helen. Jaguar. New York: Scholastic Books, 1997. ISBN 0590299379
A hunter stops when he sees the vision of the jaguar and "sinks to his knees in wonder at such power and beauty." Intending to protect his cattle, the Venezuelan cowboy changes his mind. Jaguar gives information on jaguar habitat and the relationship between jaguars and humans. Cowcher uses powerful paintings with bold colors and dramatic composition to explore nature's delicate balance. The back of the book has information on jaguars and the rainforest.
DeFelice, Cynthia. Lostman's River. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1994. ISBN 0027264661
Lostman's River is a mystery adventure that appeals to middle school readers. The story could be used to compare and contrast with Swiss Family Robinson in a conservation and endangered species unit. In the Everglades in the early 1900s, 13-year-old Tyler encounters vicious hunters whose actions threaten to destroy the ecosystem. The author describes in vivid detail the slaughter of bird colonies and alligators.
Denslow, Sharon Phillips. *Night Owls. New York: Bradbury Press, 1990. ISBN 0027286819
William and his aunt, both night owls, stay up late and experience the wonder of a midsummer's night. A wonderful introduction to nighttime nature walks.
Durell, Ann, George, Jean Craighead, and Paterson, Katherine, eds. *The Big Book for the Planet. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1993. ISBN 0525451196
Noted children's authors demonstrate environmental problems, such as overpopulation, tampering with nature, litter, pollution and waste disposal. A variety of reading levels encourages teachers to use this book at different grade levels. Poems, stories and articles written and illustrated by authors and artists who think the Earth needs more clean water, fresh air, trees, bats, whales and mushrooms, and less garbage, traffic, pollution. The message is that we can work with our planet, not against it; humans must live in harmony with the environment.
Ehlert, Lois. Snowballs. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1995. ISBN 0152000747
Distinct collage style and photographs of brightly colored winter objects highlight this winter weather delight. Children create a family out of snow. The book includes labeled pictures of all the items they use, as well as information about how snow is formed.
Fleming, Denise. In the Small Small Pond. New York: Henry Holt, 1993. ISBN 0805022643
A book about seasons that uses illustrations and rhyming text to describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses into autumn. Fleming's distinctive style of handmade paper collage is appealing to even the youngest listener or reader. It can be used in conjunction with Project Learning Tree, an environmental program of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Fleming, Denise. In the Tall Tall Grass. New York: Henry Holt, 1991. ISBN 080501635X
A backyard tour starts at high noon and progresses towards evening. Using rhymed text, e.g.crunch munch, caterpillar lunch, this book presents a toddler's views of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime till nightfall, such as bees, ants, and moles.
Fleming, Denise. Time to Sleep. New York: Henry Holt and Co, 1997. ISBN 0805037624
After observing nature's clues about the change in seasons, Bear tells Snail winter is near. Then, each animal tells another until finally the already sleeping bear is awakened in his den by Ladybug with the news that it is time to sleep. A delightful bedtime story for toddlers, and a enchanting introduction to the study of winter.
Fleming, Denise. Where Once There Was a Wood. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1996. ISBN 0805037616
Using torn paper and collage, the author examines the many forms of wildlife that can be displaced if their environment is destroyed by development. Fleming discusses how communities and schools can provide spaces for wildlife to live. She includes instructions on how welcome wildlife to your backyard by providing the essentials of space, shelter, water, and food.
Fife, Dale H. The Empty Lot. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1991. ISBN 0606088873
While inspecting an empty, partially wooded lot before selling it, Harry finds it occupied by birds, insects, and other small animals. He decides not to sell the lot, since it is not so empty after all. A wonderful book to use with an urban nature unit.
Foster, Leila M. *The Story of Rachel Carson and the Environmental Movement. Chicago: Children's Press, 1990. ISBN 0516047531
A selection from the Cornerstones of Freedom series, this elementary level biography describes the life of Rachel Carson and the effect of her writing on the environmental movement.
Fowler, Susi. *When Summer Ends. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1989. ISBN 068807605X
A young girl is sorry to see summer end until she remembers the joy of the other seasons.
Friedman, Pamela. Earth Day Activities. Teacher Created Materials
This activity book, designed for grades K to 4, contains projects and ideas for increasing environmental awareness in students during Earth Day. Learning opportunities include a literature based unit based on the book Just A Dream, which tells the story of a boy who travels to a future world full of pollution and environmental problems. The unit also includes related poetry and songs, and connecting activities such as completing a word web using the word pollution or environment and discussing the different types of pollution that exist in the world.
Gallivan, Marion. F. Fun for Kids II An Index to Children's Craft Books. Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, 1992. ISBN 0810825465
An essential reference book for environmental educators who work with children and need to plan crafts activities. Fun for Kids II gives a listing of books and magazines indexed by subject and crafts by type of material. It includes crafts based on subjects such as seasons, shells, bats, seeds, greenhouses, owls and leaves. It also indexes crafts by types of material such as pinecones, paper, rocks, shells, feathers, leaves and found objects.
George, Jean Craighead. Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here. New York: Harper Collins, 1993. ISBN 0060211393
A grandmother explains to her granddaughter how the arrival of winter brings changes in nature and the earth's creatures. The text gives an explanation of the winter solstice on December 21. Vibrant paintings illustrate the changes in light that dictate the changes of winter and signal to earth's creatures that it is time to migrate, hibernate or insulate.
George, Jean Craighead. The Firebug Connection. An Ecological Mystery. New York: Harper Collins, 1993. ISBN 0060214902
A 12-year-old heroine uses scientific reasoning to determine the cause of the strange death of European firebugs. Is it global warming? Inspire readers to explore the wondrous mysteries of our planet.
George, Jean Craighead. *To Climb a Waterfall. New York: Philomel Books, 1995. ISBN 0399226737
This book proposes to open a door to an amazing geological wonder of the natural world not usually featured in children's literature. It gives directions for climbing a waterfall by admonishing the climber to "listen".
George, Jean Craighead. Who Really Killed Cock Robin? An Ecological Mystery. New York: E.P.Dutton, Inc, 1971. ISBN 0060219815
Two children try to find the ecological imbalance that caused the death of the town's best-known robin. It is an exciting mix of mystery and ecology for older readers.
George, Lindsey Barrett. In the snow: Who's been here? New York: Greenwillow Books, 1995. ISBN 0688123201
Two children and a dog take a walk in the winter woods to observe signs of wildlife. Detailed color pictures and a glossary in the back of the book help children to identify the animals they encounter.
Gibbons, Whit and Gibbons, Anne R. Ecoviews - Snakes, Snails and EnvironmentalTales. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998 ISBN 0817309195
This fun-to-read, lively book offers a fascinating and thought-provoking look at the ecology of animals, plants, and their habitats while promoting awareness of today's pressing environmental issues.
Glaser, Linda. Wonderful Worms. Brookfield CT: Millbrook Press, 1992. ISBN 1562940627
A non-fiction book illustrated in the style of a picture book. The pictures of the boy and the worm are centered to show both the underground and above ground worlds. The physical characteristics and behavior and life cycle of common earthworm are described A question and answer page gives accurate information about worms.
Glaser, Linda. Compost! Growing Gardens from your Garbage. Brookfield CT: Millbrook Press, 1996. ISBN 1562946595
In this new kind of non-fiction story for children, the borders tell the story of seasons as a family practices composting and recycling. Beautiful warm illustrations indicate the value of these natural activities. Information on composting is provided in the back of book.
Goldberg, Jake. Rachel Carson (Junior World Biographies). Chicago: Chelsea Juniors, 1992. ISBN 0791015661
A good biography for young readers about the pioneer scientist and author.
Hall, Zoe. The Apple Pie Tree. New York: Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic, 1996. ISBN 0590623826
A colorful collage shows the seasons and the cycle of nature through the life of an apple tree. An apple tree is seen as it grows leaves and flowers and then produces its fruit, while in its branches robins make a nest, lay eggs, and raise a family. Last page shows importance of bees to pollination and a recipe for apple pie.
Hiscock, Bruce. When Will it Snow? New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1995. ISBN 0689319371
A small boy waits impatiently for the first snowfall while small animals prepare for winter. This book could be used in nature study as a comparison of how animals and humans prepare for winter.
Holling, Holling C. Paddle to the Sea. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. ISBN 0395150825
The Caldecott-Medal winning story of an Indian boy in the North Country who carves a figure of an Indian boy in a canoe. The young boy names his carving Paddle-to-the Sea and sends it on a journey through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Paddle-to-the-Sea begins his journey on a river in Nipigon Country and navigates the Great Lakes and eventually traveling through the St. Lawrence Seaway to the ocean. The small wooden figure experiences the many people and activities of the Great Lakes. Sawmills, freighters, sailboats, fishing trawlers, docks, locks, wildlife and fish are all described through the story of the small carved figurine. It is a classic tale for anyone studying the Great Lakes.
Johnson, Cait. Celebrating the Great Mother : A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children. Inner Traditions Intl Ltd; ISBN: 0892815507
The ideas, suggestions, and activities collected here bring children into rituals that celebrate seasonal cycles and help reclaim the spiritual roots of today's modern holidays.
King-Smith, Dick. *All Pigs are Beautiful. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 1993. ISBN 1564021483 The Read and Wonder series.
This innovative non-fiction book for the primary grades combines the elements of the best non-fiction with exciting stories and artwork more commonly found in picture books. It is an enthralling and accurate introduction to pigs.
Kroll, Virginia. The Seasons and Someone. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994. ISBN 015271233X
The author asks "what will happen?" when the seasons change. A young Eskimo girl witnesses the changes of seasons in the arctic. Luminous paintings show the native animals and plants of the arctic landscape.
Luenn, Nancy. Mother Earth. New York: Atheneum, 1992. ISBN 0689316682
This is a joyful celebration of earth as our mother, the provider of all we need. With simple, poetic language, Luenn creates a timely picture of the earth and all her elements.
MacLachlan, Patricia. All the Places to Love. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. ISBN 0060210990
The author explores a family's connection to the land. A young boy describes his favorite places on his family farm and remembers all the things he loves about living in the country.
Martin, Bill Jr. & Archambautt, John. Listen to the Rain. New York: Henry Holt and Co, 1988. ISBN 0805006826
Although deceptively simple, this book evokes the beauty and mystery, the sounds and silences of rain. Watery, misty, abstract paintings describe the changing sounds of rain, the "slow soft sprinkle, the drip drop tinkle, the sounding pounding roaring rain".
It is a beautiful poem of rainy day rhythms to be read over and over.
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. Washing the Willow Tree Loon. New York: Simon & Schuster (Juv); ISBN: 0689804156
As a result of an environmental accident, many volunteers gather to save the injured wildlife. After a barge hits a bridge and spills a stream of oil into Turtle Bay, a loon is rescued from the spill and cleaned by caring humans. A baker, a young man, the barber, the doctor, and the housepainter all love birds and try to help.
McCloskey, Robert. Time of Wonder. New York: Viking Press, 1957. ISBN 0670715123
This award-wining book uses simple rhythmic prose to convey the beauty of nature on an island in Maine. The text is joyous and bouncy, with an almost sea chantey lilt. The story describes the actions of a family and the response of nature before, during, and after a storm.
Muller, Gerda. *Around the Oak. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1991. ISBN 0525452397
Cousins come from the city and discover that each season brings special delights near a 300-year-old oak tree. The children enjoy outdoor activities such as watching birds and animals, collecting leaves and pinecones, hiking and picnicking. The author stresses the importance of listening and observation skills. The back of the book gives a glossary with pictures of animals, birds, leaves, plants mushrooms and insects found near the oak tree.
Muller, Gerda. *The Garden in the City. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1988 ISBN 0525446974
Ben and Caroline design their own garden in the backyard of a city townhouse. The seasonal joys of gardening are explained as the children watch the garden grow and change over the course of a year. Their friend, Luke, who uses a wheelchair, watches their garden and grows his own on a balcony next door.
O'Callahan. Jay. Herman and Marguerite: An Earth Story. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishing, 1996. ISBN 1561451037
An earthworm and a caterpillar become friends and work together to bring a neglected orchard back to life. The absence of eyes on the earthworm shows a more accurate invertebrate than most books on worms. Friendship and working together is a key theme of the story. The back pages of the book explain about worms and how they help the earth, along with the bees and butterflies. Also included are plans to make a worm bin.
O'Donnell, Elizabeth Lee. Winter Visitors. New York: Morrow Jr. Books, 1997. ISBN 0688130631
After a snowfall, a variety of animals take shelter in a house. It is also a counting book that encourages wildlife identification.
Owens, Mary Beth. *Counting Cranes. Boston: Little Brown and Co, 1993. ISBN 0316677191
The whooping crane is North America's largest bird and the symbol for wildlife preservation. Counting Cranes uses haiku-like text, while the delicate, detailed watercolors impress on the reader the importance of close monitoring of all endangered species.
Parker, Philip. Your Wild Neighborhood Project Eco-City. New York: Thompson Learning, 1995. ISBN 1568472471
This book is a useful and creative guide to investigating the ecology of our towns and cities. It includes instructions on mapping a neighborhood habitat in an urban area. Teachers could share the instructions on attracting moths. A glossary, bibliography and list of organizations to contact are provided in the back of the book.
Parker, Steve. (1988). Pond and River. Eyewitness Books. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. ISBN 0394896157
This photo essay explores the range of plants and animals found in the freshwater habitat. It is a good introduction to stream ecology for middle school students. The Eyewitness Books, now celebrating their tenth anniversary, are noted for their high-quality photographs with the text placed in a format that provides short bursts of information that appeal to the short attention span of young readers.
Peet, Bill. The Wump World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970. ISBN 0395198410
The Wumps are classic heroes of this parable of environmental destruction. The Wumps are simple grass-eating imaginary animals with no enemies. Without warning, the greedy Pollutians arrive from planet Pollutious when their own planet becomes uninhabitable because of pollution. The Wump World is almost completely destroyed by the wasteful habits of the Pollutians. The Wumps regain their land when the Pollutians depart, " but the Wump World would never be quite the same."
Peters, Lisa Westberg. *Water's Way. New York: Arcade Publishing,1991. ISBN 1559700629
The phase changes of water are explained in soft watercolor drawings. Different forms of water are introduced, ranging from clouds to steam to fog. The water cycle is described in simple terms.
Peters, Lisa Westberg. October Smiled Back. New York: Henry Holt and Co, 1996. 0805017763
Peters personifies the months of the year with rhyming verses that provide vivid descriptions of each month. Ed Young designed the subtle stunning paper collage images of the months of the year.
Pfeffer, Wendy. A Logs' Life. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1997. ISBN 0689806361
An introduction to the life cycle of a tree and forest ecology, this book is a wonderful companion to Project Learning Tree. The illustrations feature collage construction using cutting, painting sculpting, and gluing pieces of watercolor paper together. The author notes that no found objects or preserved specimens were used in the three dimensional artwork.
Polacco, Patricia. I Can Hear the Sun. A Modern Myth. New York: Philomel Books, 1996. ISBN 039922520X
In an Oakland, California city park, the animal keeper and the park's homeless residents help Fondo, a lonely child living in foster care. Fondo finds friendship and acceptance with the help of the park's resident geese. This is a modern myth of faith and hope empowering all of earth's creatures, both animal and human.
Rubright, Lynn. Beyond the Beanstalk: Interdisciplinary Learning Through Storytelling. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman Publishers, 1996. ISBN 0435070282
For educators interested in using storytelling, this volume give methods for linking language arts and literature with science.
Showers, Paul. Where Does the Garbage Go? Harpercollins Juvenile Books; ISBN: 0064451143
Trash doesn't just disappear after the garbage truck takes it away. In this book young readers follow the garbage truck to the landfill and the incinerator and then visit the recycling center to see how glass, metal, paper and plastic are recycled.
Silverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree. Harpercollins Juvenile Books; ISBN: 0060256656
This story of a boy who grows to manhood, and of a tree that gives him her bounty through the years, is a moving parable about the gift of giving and the capacity to love.
Sinclair, Patti K. *E for Environment: An Annotated Bibliography of Children's Books with Environmental Themes. New Providence, NJ: R.R.Bowker. 1992.
A classic collection of books published before 1992 to use in environmental education. Chapters include developing a sense of wonder, ecological communities, issues of current concern, relating to the natural world, and activities, experiments and becoming an activist.
Seuss, Dr. The Lorax. New York: Random House, 1971. ISBN 0394823370
The Lorax is an imaginary character who speaks for the trees in this early example of environmental children's fiction. Dr. Seuss' insightful rhyming text and colorful illustrations still have relevance today.
Siddals, Mary McKenna. Tell me a Season. New York: Clarion Books, 1997. ISBN 0395710219
Nature displays colors to announce seasons and the time of day. An introduction to the seasons for the very young, this book uses simple descriptive language and vibrant art.
Tafuri, Nancy. Do Not Disturb. New York: Greenwillow, 1987. ISBN 0688065414
A different point of view story about a family camping trip. All day, their activities disturb animals that live in the forest and field. That night, the animal sounds disturb the campers with their noises: Hoo-Hoo, Kayt-did, Grip-it. Do Not Disturb looks at a day trip to the country from the animals' point of view.
Tamar, Erika. The Garden of Happiness. Harcourt Brace; ISBN: 0152305823
Set in multiracial neighborhood in New York, the neighbors get together to clean up an empty lot and plant a community garden. Marisol plants an unknown seed that turns out to be a sunflower. When the sunflower dies in the fall, she collects the seed to start again in the spring. The message here is that beauty can be found anywhere.
Wells, Rosemary. Forest of Dreams. New York: Dial books for Young Readers, 1988. ISBN 0803705697
A child praises God for the beauty of nature. "God gave me time to listen God gave me everything." A celebration of coming of spring.
Whitman, Candace. The Night is Like an Animal. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1995. ISBN 0374355215
An enchanting bedtime poem where a furry brown animal personifies the coming of the night. A wonderful way to introduce the concept of the passage of time to young children.
Willard, Nancy. A Starlit Somersault Downhill. Boston: Little Brown and Company; ISBN: 0316941298
Lyrical rhymes enhance glorious watercolors of winter in the forest. Rabbit doesn't want to sleep through the winter with Bear as he planned and decides to join the world outside.
Wood, Douglas. Northwoods Cradle Song: A Menominee Lullaby. Aladdin Paperbacks; ISBN: 0689822286
A poetic adaptation of a Menominee lullaby in which lovely imagery of pine forests and quiet lakes, whippoorwills and heron, and silver- grey dragonflies sing a child to sleep.
Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon. New York: Philomel Books, 1987. ISBN 0399214577
Caldecott Award winner John Schoenherr's illustrations enrich the gentle poetic story of man's close relationship with natural world. At bedtime, a father and daughter take a nighttime walk to see a horned owl, following Rachel Carson's advice to visit the outdoors at all times of the day in all seasons.
Zoehfeld, Kathleen. Ladybug at Orchard Avenue. Norwalk CT: Sound Prints, 1996 ISBN 1568992572
Follow a ladybug through a typical day at Orchard Avenue. The text combines with full-page illustrations to provide information about this beetle's life and habitat. It is a good introduction to environmental studies in a picture book format. The goal of the series is to foster an appreciation and understanding of wildlife and habitats at an early age.
Zolotow, Charlotte. *Summer Is... New York: Crowell, 1967. ISBN 0690043031
Poetic text and rich illustrations capture the joys and beauties of each season.
Zolotow, Charlotte. When the Wind Stops. Harpercollins Juvenile Books; ISBN: 0060254254
A celebration of the continuity of life.
Zolotow, Charlotte. Over and Over. HarperCollins Children's Books; ISBN: 0060269561
A little girl and her mother observe the passage of the seasons as they celebrate the year's holidays, beginning with Christmas and ending after Thanksgiving with a birthday wish that the cycle begin all over again.