Our Favourite Kids Books for World Environment Day
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 Only One Earth.
It is clearer than ever how much nature affects humanity. The message from this year's Environment Day is that there is only one Earth, and together we can protect it.
There are lots of ways to engage kids in important conversations around climate change. 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.
You can also check out our 21 tips for ways to fight climate change at home, on our blog.
100 First Words: Nature
Super-stylish gift board book with BIG flaps to lift on every page!
All toddlers will adore searching for the colourful characters behind the shaped flaps, then naming the animals and plants that you might find in the garden, countryside, forest, jungle and arctic. Informative and engaging, this is the perfect introduction to the natural world for little ones.
A brilliant tool for building vocabulary and stimulating speech, this delightful book is also just a whole lot of FUN!
Also available: 100 First Words and 100 First Words: City
The Bolds Go Green
Give a hoot and don't pollute!
The Bolds have decided to do their bit for the planet and go green. They're reducing, reusing and recycling as much as they can. Not all of their eco-friendly ideas are welcome, though - especially when it comes to 'watering' the neighbours' front garden with wee . . .
An eventful trip to the charity shop leads to a new rescue adventure for the Bold family, and an old friend returns with an unexpected list of demands. Can the Bolds keep their cool as temperatures rise?
Woodland Magic 1: Fox Cub Rescue
The first story in an illustrated magical adventure series from the bestselling author of the Unicorn Academy, brimming with drama and an environmental theme.
The Keepers are a secretive tribe of little people who live in the middle of Whispering Woods, coming out at night to care for the countryside and rewild it when humans (or Ruffins as they know them) are careless with it.
Young Keepers Cora and Jax have just finished school and are embarking on a trial, with several friends, to become fully-fledged Keepers. But their first venture out on their own ends in disaster when they become distracted with playing in the Ruffin children's playground instead of concentrating on the task they've been given. Can they ever be trusted to be Keepers in their own right?
A brilliant new magical series perfect for 6-8 year olds combining animal rescue, nature conservation and adventure.
Zeina Starborn and the Sky Whale
*Winner of the Northern Writers' Award 2020*
'A thrilling tale of intrigue and adventure in the clouds, full of wonderful creatures, mind-boggling gadgets, bravery, kindness and hope' Thomas Taylor, author of Malamander
When Zeina Starborn's dream of exploring the skies becomes a reality, she finds herself in a daring adventure beyond her wildest imagination. Meet explorers, inventors, and mighty sky whales in this richly inventive fantasy, perfect for 9+ fans of BRIGHTSTORM and ORPHANS OF THE TIDE.
Zeina Starborn spends her days dreaming of adventure in the sky and escaping the smog-filled city of Ravenport.
So, when she wins the chance to visit the famous Willoughby Whale Hotel - a ginormous structure built on the back of a flying whale - Zeina grabs it. Even clashing with Jackson, spoiled heir to the Willoughby fortune, can't dampen her excitement.
But a series of clues makes her question what she's been told about this dazzling world of inventors, explorers and mighty sky whales. Zeina and Jackson must put aside their differences to uncover the secret plot around them as they embark on the journey of a lifetime.
In a world struggling to exist, only the strongest will survive. The explosive, action-packed new adventure from the award-winning author of Kick and Pop!
Ash has always lived in Last Village, lonely since the day his father left and never came back.
The world is unbearably hot, water is drying up, and life is hard. After a vicious thunderstorm, Ash wakes to find that the village's water has completely run out, and all the other villagers have mysteriously disappeared.
Accompanied by the outcast Bronwyn, Ash sets off in search of water, for answers about what happened to the villagers, with hope they might find 'The Kingdom' - a rumoured land to the north where life still flourishes.
Ash and Bronwyn have to survive a journey across an arid landscape, discovering that other people out there are even more dangerous than the lightning strikes that follow them. Then they reach The Wall - beyond it, something impossible.
Lying in wait are the answers Ash is searching for, and maybe even the truth about what happened to his father. If only he could get past The Wall...
Sometimes all it takes is just one spark.
The Summer We Turned Green
A fresh, funny, heartfelt look at this generation's must-win battle: one earth, one chance.
It's the summer holidays, and thirteen-year-old Luke's life has been turned upside down. First his older sister Rose moved 'across the road', where a community of climate rebels is protesting the planned airport expansion. Then his dad followed her.
Dad only went to get Rose back, but now he's out there building totem poles, wearing sandals and drinking mead (whatever that is) with the best of them...
Can Luke save his family when all they want to do is save the planet?
'Hilarious, acutely observed and deeply felt, Sutcliffe's new novel is part biting satire on nimbyism and adult complacency, part impassioned call: take action now, before it's too late.' GUARDIAN
'This is the perfect book to inspire action against the climate crisis and to lift your spirits.' SCOTSMAN
'A heartfelt, well-observed, gripping family drama, as well as a call to arms.' SUNDAY TIMES Children's Book of the Week
Full of wacky facts and hilarious jokes, these books bring non-fiction for young readers to life. Brain Bursts: Bugs explores the creepy-crawly world of insects, while Brain Bursts: Space goes where no one has gone before to reveal the weird and wonderful secrets of the universe. A brain-bursting series or curious kids.
5th May 2022
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