Conservation Books for Kids
Books are a great way to share your passion for nature – especially when those books have pictures and are fun to read. The books listed below can help you introduce conservation to the children (or adults) in your life in a fun and interesting way. Consider gifting one of these stories – who knows you may have just won over a new environmentalist.
World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky (2011)
Mark Kurlanksy, author of the bestseller “Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World”, has written a book about overfishing specifically targeted for kids. This book is a bit on the wordy side and is recommended for children 11 and up. World Without Fish illustrates the importance of sustainable fishing, touching on the economics, biology, politics, culture, and nutritional aspects of the issue. An educational call-to-action, this is an excellent start for the young environmentalists in your life.
There's a Hair in My Dirt! A Worm’s Story by Gary Larson (1999)
Gary Larson, famous for his comic The Far Side, brings his sense of humor to the table in a children’s storybook format. A bit on the edgier side, this book will sit well with adults and could do well with older children. In this book a father worm tells his son the story of a fair maiden who walks through the woods seeing the magic and wonder in all things. However, good intentions don’t always go so well. The story highlights how our idealized views of Nature (and ourselves) can sometimes contrast with cold, hard reality.
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joana Cole and Bruce Degen (1994)
The Magic School Bus series celebrated its 20th anniversary by re-releasing its original 10 titles with updated scientific information. The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor follows Ms. Frizzle as she takes her students on a submarine journey to learn about hot water vents, coral reefs, and marine wildlife. Engaging and fun, this book is best for children aged 5-9.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1971)
An oldie but a goodie, this classic explores the effect rampant consumption can have on our natural resources. Ignore the poor reviews the movie received, the book deserves a place in every home. Learn about how the Once-ler cut down all the Truffula trees despite warnings from the Lorax. Told in Dr.Seuss’s classic poetic style, The Lorax can charm children and adults alike.
Not just one book, but a magazine series with a monthly subscription. ZooBooks focuses on wildlife and conservation, with each booklet packed with pictures, short articles, and fact sidebars. The ZooBooks series is aimed at children 6-12 but there’s also the Zootles and Zoobies series for younger kids.