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World Book Week: Our favourite eco books for young children

"No one is too small to make a difference" Greta Thunberg

The global climate emergency is set to have an increasingly catastrophic effect on the lives of our children and future generations.  Whilst those in power appear to be blinded by politics, one young lady has risen above their procrastination and thrust our children's voices into the limelight so that their message can be heard loud and clear. The #GretaThunbergeffect has inspired our young people across the world to shout out loud in an effort to force environmental change.  

At Green Monkeys, we are passionate about reading to our children and gently talking to them about how to positively care for their world.  With World Book Week being upon us, what better time to share with you our favourite eco books for young children.  Hopefully these books will inspire your little one to join the voices of our youth who are changing the world not just through climate marches and campaigning but very importantly, through their own lifestyle changes.  

What are your favourite eco children's books?  We would love to hear from you! 

  1. The Lorax by Dr Seuss

The Lorax by Dr Seuss

This classic tale was first published in 1971 but remains a firm favourite amongst young children.  The main character, The Lorax, "speaks for the trees" and challenges the Once-ler who is out to destroy the environment.    This fun story communicates an important message about caring for our environment.  

  1. The Trouble with Dragons by Debi Gliori

The Trouble with Dragons by Debi Gliori

This is one of our favourite children's books about the environment.  It tells the story of a world full of horrible dragons who don't stop and think about the effect of their actions on the earth.  They pollute the oceans, cut down trees, eat all the food and use everything up.  Will they realise what they are doing before it is too late?    

  1. Charlie & Lola - Look after your planet by Lauren Child

Charlie & Lola - Look after your planet by Lauren Child

Even the youngest toddlers will be transfixed as Charlie and Lola work out what to do with their rubbish.  Charlie explains to Lola how recycling can help our world and soon she is sharing this message with all her friends.  This fun story from the ever popular Charlie & Lola will have your little ones running for the recycling bin.  

  1. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

In a city with no trees or gardens, Liam's decides to explore a train track.  He discovers some dying flowers and decides to help them grow.  He had a few false starts but, with practice, he became an expert gardener.  Soon he transformed his city into a green and colourful environment, and inspired others to do the same.   We love this book because it shows how a young child can have such an impact on the world around them and the behaviour of others. 

  1. Lift the flap questions and answers about plastic by Katie Daynes

Lift the flap questions and answers about plastic by Katie Daynes

What exactly is plastic?  Can we live without it?  Why is it found in the ocean?  This informative book is the perfect gift for an inquisitive young mind.  The numerous flaps hide fun and interesting facts as well as tips on how we can make a difference.   

  1. My Green Day by Melanie Walsh

My Green Day by Melanie Walsh

This lovely book will help even the youngest of children think of ways that they can make their day greener.  This is such a gorgeous book for helping your little one think about their daily life and what they can change to make a difference to the world.    

  1. Tidy by Emily Gravett

Tidy by Emily Gravett

Pete the badger likes to be very tidy.  His decision to pick up a fallen leave quickly turns into the destruction of the whole forest around him.  Will he realise in time to put everything right?  The story and illustrations in this heartwarming tale will help you teach your children how to think about the effect of their actions on the environment.  

  1. The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest by Lynne Cherry

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest by Lynne Cherry

In this beautiful tale, a man goes into a rainforest to chop down a tree.  The animals who live in the tree pop out one by one and explain why they need the tree to survive.  The man thinks about what they have said and decides not to cut down the tree and leave the rainforest alone.  

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