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Our Favourite Kids Books for World Environment Day

30th May 2020

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It's World Environment Day on 5th June. 

It is a day for environmental action around the globe and has been celebrated every year since 1974. This year's theme is Time for Nature. 

It is clearer than ever how much nature affects humanity. The message from this year's Environment Day is "to care for ourselves, we must care for nature".

There are lots of ways to engage kids in these important conversations. Children love nature and are often passionate about protecting our environment. Books can help make sense of their questions about the planet and what we can do at home to fight climate change.

We've put together a list of some of our top recommended reads for all ages this World Environment Day, check them out below and enter one of our giveaways for a chance to win a copy to read and review.


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2020-06-01
Our Favourite Kids Books for World Environment Day
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The Tale of a Toothbrush: A Story of Plastic in Our Oceans

For ages 5+

A brilliantly topical and delightfully funny picture book from internationally bestselling author M.G. Leonard, which shows children what happens to their plastic toothbrushes after they're thrown away.

Children use their toothbrush each morning and evening, and get new ones every few months. That's billions of toothbrushes! What happens to them all when they're no longer needed? And if toothbrushes take thousands of years to break down, what does that mean for our planet?

With a fun cast of plastic characters, from pirate-ship bottles to dancing shampoos, and even an inquisitive albatross, The Tale of a Toothbrush is a positive and heart-warming story to help children explore the impact their choices have on our planet.

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Climate Rebels

For ages 8+

On the outskirts of the Milky Way, floating slowly through space, there hangs a planet unlike any other. It has oceans, deserts, jungles and mountains. It has life that swims, life that soars and life that swings through the trees. It is a place of dazzling variety and infinite wonder - and it's the only world we've got.

Climate change is happening, now. But it's not too late to change the story.

Meet the humans, from around the world, who are fighting to save our planet. This is your call to arms. Featuring 25 hopeful stories including Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai - as well as lesser-known heroes, such as turtle-protector Len Peters, the guardians of the Amazon rainforest, and the poacher patrollers The Black Mambas.

This book will transport you from the poles, to the oceans, to the rainforests, with iconic illustration. These are true stories to make you think, make you cry, make you hope - and these are stories to make us all stand together and protect our home. These stories are the proof that one person's small changes can grow into something big, and powerful, and world-changing.

So read on to be inspired, as we take our future in our own hands, and together save Planet Earth - for all the living things that call it their home.

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Peppa Pig: Peppa Loves Our Planet

For ages 2+

Learn simple ways to help the planet with Peppa and George in this brand new story!

It is Love Our Planet Week at playgroup, and Madame Gazelle asks the children to make a scrapbook of all the things they can do to help look after our planet.

Peppa and George recycle, grow their own vegetables, turn off the taps when they are brushing their teeth and scooter to playgroup instead of going in the car. They learn that every little thing makes a BIG difference!

Peppa loves our planet! Everyone loves our planet!

All Peppa Pig books are printed on paper from responsibly managed sources. This Peppa Pig book is printed with environmentally friendly vegetable inks and a water-based finish on the cover.

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David Attenborough

For ages 3+
In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of David Attenborough, the inspiring broadcaster and conservationist.

Little David grew up in Leicester on the campus of a university, where his father was a professor. As a child, he spent hours in the science library, collating his own specimens and creating a mini animal museum. When he was old enough to go to university, he studied science and zoology - but what he wanted most of all was to be close to the animals he was studying. So, he started working in television, visiting animals in their natural habitats and telling the world the untold stories of these animals. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back , including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the broadcaster's life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people , from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats . The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

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My Friend Earth

For ages 3+

Celebrate Earth Day with this valentine to our wonderful planet from the Newbery Award-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall .

Our friend Earth does so many wonderful things! She tends to animals large and small. She pours down summer rain and autumn leaves. She sprinkles whisper-white snow and protects the tiny seeds waiting for spring.

Readers of all ages will pore over the pages of this spectacular book. Its enticing die-cut pages encourage exploration as its poetic text celebrates everything Earth does for us, all the while reminding us to be a good friend in return.

* Interactive format and kid-friendly art will engage both toddlers and young readers.
* A celebration of the natural world and rallying cry for positive action for Planet Earth
* Great opportunities to share life science concepts and amazing facts about the environment with children

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Emily Windsnap and the Tides of Time: Book 9

For ages 8+

The brand new ninth book in the five-million-copy-selling Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler. Bubbling with magic, fun, friendship and oceans of adventure.

Emily Windsnap has returned home to Brightport, but she can't help but miss the fantastical adventures she's been having on pirates ships and tropical islands. And Brightport isn't exactly welcoming her home either - in fact, her best friend Mandy doesn't seem at all happy to see her. At least she has a new wishing stone, which will grant her three wishes, to help make things better.

But whatever Emily wishes seems to end badly... When she wishes for things to improve in Brightport, it has terrible consequences for her mermaid friends in the ocean. And when when she wishes for the ocean to be kept safe, life on land becomes impossible.

Can Emily work out how to use the final wish in a way that will save the future for land, sea, and all her friends?

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