Books and Resources for Teaching with the Kids'Environmental Report Card
Explore environmental issues with these top titles — both fiction and nonfiction. Additional Web sites provide more facts and ideas for taking action!
3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Nonfiction That Makes a Difference:
50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth by The Earthworks Group
Learn about the issues — and take steps to make a better place. Ever count the number of cans in your supermarket? Where do all those cans go?
The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon
This essential guide will help you understand why global warming happens, how it affects the planet, and the simple steps you can take to get involved in protecting the environment.
Earth Book for Kids: Activities to Help Heal the Environment by Linda Schwartz
Try fun and fascinating mini-projects, like comparing phosphate levels in detergents, that reveal our impact on the environment - and how we can make better choices.
Earth-Friendly Crafts for Kids: 50 Awesome Things to Make with Recycled Stuff by Joe Rhatigan and Heather Smith
Make cool, creative crafts from stuff that looks like junk. Great gifts include a funky disco ball made from old CDs.
How to Save the Planet by Barbara Taylor
Cartoons and lots of illustrations help you find out about global warming, air and water pollution, and other issues that affect our planet.
John Muir: My Life with Nature by Joseph Bharat Cornell
Take a page from an early environmentalist. This biography tells the story of John Muir's successful fight to establish a national parks system and keep forests safe.
Kid's Guide to Social Action: How to Solve the Social Problems You Choose - and Turn Creative Thinking into Positive Action by Barbara A. Lewis, Pamela Espeland, and Caryn Pernu
Making a positive change can mean a lot of work. This book gives simple guidelines for starting and managing environmental projects big and small - and supplies examples of kids who have made a real difference.
Fiction With a Message:
Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share by Molly Bang
A string of stories sparks questions about overcrowding and overuse of natural resources. This book will make you think.
Flush by Carl Hiaasen
Follow the colorful adventure as two siblings investigate alleged illegal dumping by the casino boat, The Coral Queen. Noah and Abbey have got bring the true facts to light - especially since their dad has already been arrested for sinking the boat!
Frightful's Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The third book of the My Side of the Mountain trilogy tells the story from the point of view of the Frightful, the peregrine falcon, as she makes her way alone through adventures and perilous danger.
Green Boy by Susan Cooper
A magical window between two worlds leaves Trey with a difficult decision: stay and fight for his island as it's threatened with overdevelopment or take his chances in the dark otherworld he's stumbled upon.
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
This ecological mystery comes wrapped in a comical, adventurous tale. Roy Eberhardt, the new kid at school, joins an unlikely alliance of three kids committed to saving the day.
Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards by Katelan Janke
From the popular Dear America series comes a story of struggle and survival. Step into the world of Grace as she fights for her family's livelihood in the harsh environment of the 1930s southern Great Plains. The author was 15 when this novel was published.
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
Mark knows his new teacher expects him to fail, but a series of false allegations push Mark to escape to the woods where his true capabilities will be tested.
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