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Environmental Science And Ecosystems: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about environmental science and ecosystems?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to environmental science and ecosystems. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about environmental science and ecosystems.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about environmental science and ecosystems, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Cloud Book to popular sellers like Over and Under the Pond to some of our favorite hidden gems like Cactus Hotel.

We hope this list of kids books about environmental science and ecosystems can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Top 10 Books About Environmental Science And Ecosystems

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Let's Dive: Into the Ocean
Written by Timothy Knapman & illustrated by Wesley Robins
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

Search, find, and swim under the sea with this nonfiction adventure! Dive deep into the ocean in a fun, layered seek-and-find! Visit a colorful coral reef, explore shipwreck, and swim to the deepest parts of the ocean with this nonfiction treasure. Turn the pages and learn all about different ocean habitats as you search for fun surprises on every spread. This interactive undersea adventure will keep you informed and entertained!

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Over and Under the Pond
Written by Kate Messner & illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

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Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Joe Mathieu and Aristides Ruiz
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Learn about deserts, what they are, and what animals live in them with the Cat in the Hat.

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Cactus Hotel
Written by Brenda Z Guiberson & illustrated by Megan Lloyd
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus, with an emphasis on its role as a home for other desert dwellers.

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Desert Night Desert Day
Written by Anthony D. Fredericks & illustrated by Kenneth J. Spengler
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Rhyming text describes how desert animals live around the clock.

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In the Woods
Written by David Elliott & illustrated by Rob Dunlavey
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

A New York Times best-selling author shares his love for woodland animals in a revealing, beautifully illustrated collection of verse for poetry lovers and budding naturalists.

The animals in the dark woods are secretive, their inner lives a mystery. The stealthy bobcat, the inquisitive raccoon, and the dignified bear waking up from his winter nap are just a few of the glorious animals featured in this clever collection of poems and woodland scenes. This companion to In the Sea, In the Wild, and On the Farm is the first collaboration between David Elliott and Rob Dunlavey, whose colorful, expressive art pairs with the author’s charming poems to create a love letter to the animals of the forest.

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My First 100 Nature Words
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Add to your little genius’s knowledge with the essential first words related to all things nature! From the #1 science author for kids, Chris Ferrie!

From the #1 bestselling science author for kids comes a simple and colorful introduction to the first 100 nature words every baby should know. Each spread in this nature primer focuses on 8 to 12 words related to nature all over the planet—from glacier to algae to vertebrate, and so much more!

Chris Ferrie’s latest offering is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest naturalists. After all, it’s never too early to learn about the world around us!

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Why Should I Recycle?
Written by Jen Green & illustrated by Mike Gordon
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Uses color illustrations and simple text to explore the importance and benefits of recycling bottles, cans, plastic, clothes, and paper. Original.

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Dive in: Swim with Sea Creatures at Their Actual Size
Written by Roxie Munro
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

A scuba diver encounters exquisite coral reef creatures in this clever introduction, which includes a gatefold of a reef shark, to one of world’s most alluring–and threatened–habitats.

Luminous spreads of true-to-size sea life, from a brilliantly colored rainbow parrotfish to a venomous southern stingray, and a surprise gatefold fit together into one scene in this meticulously illustrated nonfiction picture book.

Accompanying the vibrant artwork are descriptions of the 29 creatures that reveal their intriguing habits and more about the Caribbean coral reef they call home. A key included in the back matter shows how the pages smartly fit together. An index, a map, and a section on protecting coral reefs are also included. Budding conservationists will love learning about this vital ecosystem of coral reefs around the world.

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Baby Loves Green Energy!
Written by Ruth Spiro & illustrated by Irene Chan
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the climate of our planet and the need to protect it for all babies. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well!

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Books About Environmental Science And Ecosystems and Ecology

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Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Joe Mathieu and Aristides Ruiz
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Learn about deserts, what they are, and what animals live in them with the Cat in the Hat.

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Cactus Hotel
Written by Brenda Z Guiberson & illustrated by Megan Lloyd
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus, with an emphasis on its role as a home for other desert dwellers.

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Desert Night Desert Day
Written by Anthony D. Fredericks & illustrated by Kenneth J. Spengler
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

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  1. The Grizzly Mother - To the Gitxsan people of northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. They share the land and forests the Skeena River runs through, as well as the sockeye salmon within it. The Grizzly Mother explores how an ecosystem’s animals, people and seasons are all intertwined.

  2. Hidden City - A poetic book highlighting everyday nature The perfect blend of science and poetry, Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas. In this graceful collection of poems, skyscrapers serve as perches for falcons, streetlights attract an insect buffet for hungry bats, and an overgrown urban lot offers shelter to both flora and fauna. Hidden City also includes engageing supplementary materials, which provide scientific information about the animals and plants featured in the book. Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and care about their environment.

  3. Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome - The vast boreal forest spans a dozen countries in the northern regions like “a scarf around the neck of the world,” making it the planet’s largest land biome. Besides providing homes for a diversity of species, this spectacular forest is also vitally important to the planet: its trees clean our air, its wetlands clean our water and its existence plays an important role in slowing global climate change. In this beautifully written book, award-winning author L. E. Carmichael explores this special wilderness on a tour of the forest throughout the four seasons, from one country to another. Evocative watercolor and collage artwork by award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon provides a rare glimpse of one of the world’s most magnificent places. With excellent STEM applications in earth science and life science, this enjoyable book aims to foster environmental awareness of and appreciation for this crucial forest and its interconnections with the entire planet. In a unique approach, the text features a lyrical fictional narrative describing the wildlife in a specific part of the forest, paired with informational sidebars to provide further understanding and context. Also included are a world map of the forest, infographics on the water cycle and the carbon cycle, a glossary, resources for further reading, author’s sources and an index. This book has been reviewed by experts and was written in consultation with Indigenous peoples who live in the boreal forest region.

  4. Here Is the African Savanna - Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of an African savanna.

Books About Environmental Science And Ecosystems and The Ocean

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Let's Dive: Into the Ocean
Written by Timothy Knapman & illustrated by Wesley Robins
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

Search, find, and swim under the sea with this nonfiction adventure! Dive deep into the ocean in a fun, layered seek-and-find! Visit a colorful coral reef, explore shipwreck, and swim to the deepest parts of the ocean with this nonfiction treasure. Turn the pages and learn all about different ocean habitats as you search for fun surprises on every spread. This interactive undersea adventure will keep you informed and entertained!

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Nerdy Babies: Ocean
Written & illustrated by Emmy Kastner
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

In Nerdy Babies: Ocean, follow our intrepid infants into the watery depths. Check out animals, plants, and fish that live in the ocean. Plus, learn about the unique ecosystem in this simple text written in question and answer format.

With bright artwork and an engaging design, this will be a book that the very littlest nerds will want to return to again and again.

Stay curious. There’s more to learn about everything!

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The Ocean
Written & illustrated by Miranda Krestovnikoff
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

A highly designed and comprehensive look at the watery wonders of the world.

Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface, and so much science is lurking just underneath! This survey-style book is packed with facts and anecdotes about the creatures and plants that populate these waters—and also features a critical look at why, now more than ever, people need to work to protect them. Filled with fascinating facts and stunning artwork, this flippable nonfiction book has an extra-large trim size and is perfect for science lovers, environmentalists, and child and adult fans of gift books like Maps, The Fifty States, and Animalium.

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  1. The Ocean in Your Bathtub - “The Earth’s five oceans and its water cycle connect all of us in important and unexpected ways”–

  2. A First Book of the Sea - In a remarkable collaboration, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton celebrate the sea in all its changing moods – and the place it holds in our hearts and minds. Ours is a blue planet. The oceans cover more than two-thirds of its surface and constantly calls to us to play, explore, and dream. Our fascination with the sea is as endless as our means of enjoying it – whether building sand castles, navigating by the stars, or observing strange and beautiful marine creatures. In a volume brimming with information, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton capture the magic and majesty of the ocean with stunning words and pictures. Poems about manta rays, flying fish, and humpback whales mingle with verses about harbors, storms, and pearl divers. Glimpses of life in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans flow into spreads about tropical islands, coral reefs, and ancient shipwrecks on the seabed. Teeming with colorful details, this treasure trove of knowledge will be pored over by adults and children alike, and its exploration of the vast mysteries of the sea will captivate readers for years to come.

  3. Many: the Diversity of Life on Earth - The more we study the world around us, the more living things we discover every day. The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one including us is part of a big, beautiful, complicated pattern. When humans interfere with parts of the pattern, by polluting the air and oceans, taking too much from the sea, and cutting down too many forests, animals and plants begin to disappear. What sort of world would it be if it went from having many types of living things to having just one?

  4. The Sea Book - Featuring fascinating fishy facts accompanied by bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations, this book takes children on a journey through the sea and all its zones. The Sea Book explores a wealth of incredible marine animals and their habitats, from up on the ice, down to colorful coral reefs, underwater forests, and right down to the deepest darkest depths where the weird and wonderful lurk. Following on from The Bee Book, Charlotte Milner continues to highlight to children important ecological issues faced by our planet, this time with a focus on marine life and the damaging effects humans are having on our seas. Children will discover what they can do to help, and there are tips on how to live plastic-free. Children will even get to craft their own recycled shopping bag! This charming celebration of the sea shows children just how extraordinary our oceans are, and is a reminder that it is up to us to keep it that way.

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Over and Under the Pond
Written by Kate Messner & illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

In this gorgeous companion to the acclaimed Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal bring to life a secret underwater world. In this book, readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the pond is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, tadpoles growing. These and many other secrets are waiting to be discovered…over and under the pond.

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My First 100 Nature Words
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Add to your little genius’s knowledge with the essential first words related to all things nature! From the #1 science author for kids, Chris Ferrie!

From the #1 bestselling science author for kids comes a simple and colorful introduction to the first 100 nature words every baby should know. Each spread in this nature primer focuses on 8 to 12 words related to nature all over the planet—from glacier to algae to vertebrate, and so much more!

Chris Ferrie’s latest offering is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest naturalists. After all, it’s never too early to learn about the world around us!

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Hey, Water!
Written & illustrated by Antoinette Portis
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book.

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  1. Ocean Atlas - A comprehensive exploration of our oceans, covering geography, ecosystems, and animals through a mix of illustrations, photographs, maps, and diagrams. Map out the oceans layers, from the sunlight zone to the abyss, exploring the conditions within each zone and the different creatures that live there, as well as exploring features of the ocean floor such as underwater volcanoes, thermal vents, and the mid-Atlantic ridge.  It also:

    • Explores ocean currents and tides.
    • Looks at the migrations of different ocean-dwelling creatures.
    • Maps the sea bed, including information on how oceanographers gather their data
    • Explores sea temperatures and ocean chlorophyll and plankton, looking at the impact these elements have on ecosystems.
    • Looks at environmental issues such as pollution, acidification, ice-cap melt and rising temperatures.

  2. Flying Deep Climb Inside Deep Sea Submersible ALVIN - Climb aboard Alvin, the famous deep-sea submersible credited with helping to find the Titanic, and take a trip two miles down to the bottom of the ocean. Experience a day in the life of an Alvin pilot, diving two miles down to explore the seafloor, collect samples, and conduct research. Along the way, discover what one wears, eats, and talks about during a typical eight-hour trip in a underwater craft, and find out more about the animals that live deep in our oceans. In expressive, poetic language and gorgeous illustrations, the mysteries of the deep sea are revealed. Backmatter includes an author’s note about researching this book, a glossary, and suggested further reading.

Books About Environmental Science And Ecosystems and Zoology

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Dive in: Swim with Sea Creatures at Their Actual Size
Written by Roxie Munro
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

A scuba diver encounters exquisite coral reef creatures in this clever introduction, which includes a gatefold of a reef shark, to one of world’s most alluring–and threatened–habitats.

Luminous spreads of true-to-size sea life, from a brilliantly colored rainbow parrotfish to a venomous southern stingray, and a surprise gatefold fit together into one scene in this meticulously illustrated nonfiction picture book.

Accompanying the vibrant artwork are descriptions of the 29 creatures that reveal their intriguing habits and more about the Caribbean coral reef they call home. A key included in the back matter shows how the pages smartly fit together. An index, a map, and a section on protecting coral reefs are also included. Budding conservationists will love learning about this vital ecosystem of coral reefs around the world.

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Tiny Bird
Written by Robert Burleigh & illustrated by Wendell Minor
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

A narrative nonfiction picture book following a hummingbird’s daunting journey south for the winter, with stunning art.

When the last summer flowers open their petals to the slanting sun, it’s time for a tiny hummingbird to dip its beak into the heart of each flower, extracting as much nectar as possible before the hard trip ahead. Today is the day Tiny Bird begins its amazing journey south for the winter, traveling as fast as thirty miles an hour for hundreds of miles on end. The trip is long, with savaging weather and many predators along the way, but Tiny Bird is built for this epic journey and eventually arrives at its winter home. This inspiring and informative story celebrates the important role of a small but mighty creature. For animal enthusiasts, future environmentalists, and fans of Katherine Roy’s How to Be an Elephant.

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Let's Discover Bugs
Written & illustrated by Andrea Cascardi
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Enticing and educational guides to our feathered friends and all things creepy-crawly, featuring artwork from the We’re Going On a Bear Hunt animated special. Ants, spiders, and butterflies, oh my! Readers will learn about all sorts of bugs and insects in this guide for eager young entomologists. Whether the plan is to scour the house for crawling critters or venture out on a big bug hunt, this book is teeming with information on where to search for bugs, how to plan an excursion, and more – including buggy activities and stickers.

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  1. Moth - Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection. “This is a story of light and dark…” Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change… Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive? A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children.

  2. Curious About Mammals - This board book beginner’s guide offers a thoughtful first glimpse into the world of mammals. Educator and author Cathryn Sill introduces very young children to basic facts about mammals with the help of beautifully detailed illustrations from noted wildlife illustrator John Sill. Simple and clear descriptions of how mammals look, where they live, what they eat, and how they move around make this first title in the Discovering Nature series a dependable and informative beginning resource for learning about mammals.

  3. Drawn from Nature - An intricately crafted journey through four seasons of flora and fauna Helen Ahpornsiri’s intricate artwork transforms leaves, petals, and seeds into bounding hares, swooping swallows, and blossoming trees. Using nothing but pressed plants, this journey through the seasons captures the wonder and magic of the natural world between the pages of a book. This standout title with beautiful nonfiction text will take readers through an extraordinary year in the wild.

  4. The Polar Bear - Following on her gorgeous blue whale, Desmond’s polar bear is exquisitely rendered, magnificent, and precise, with wonderful storytelling too.

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The Night Flower: The Blooming of the Saguaro Cactus
Written & illustrated by Lara Hawthorne
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

An exquisitely illustrated nonfiction picture book about a desert flower that blooms for just one night a year As the summer sun sets over the Sonoran desert in Arizona, wildlife gathers to witness a very special annual event. The night flower is about to bloom. For a few short hours, the desert is transformed into a riot of color and sound as mammals and insects congregate for this miracle of nature. Explore the fascinating desert ecosystem, from pollinating fruit bats to howling mice and reptilian monsters, in this beautiful nonfiction picture book.

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Animals of Australia
Written by Jo Parker & illustrated by Saxton Moore
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Explore the Australian Outback to find koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, and more!

Did you know kangaroos can jump 10 feet high? And they can travel up to speeds of 40 miles per hour!

Learn more fun facts about some of Australia’s favorite animals!

In connection with the publication of Animals of Australia, Penguin Random House will donate a portion of the proceeds to support efforts to provide Australian bushfire relief.

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Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator
Written by Emma Bland Smith & illustrated by Jennifer Potter
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Claude is the story of the California Academy of Sciences' beloved albino alligator, from his birth in Louisiana to his present day life in his swamp at the Academy.
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  1. In the Jungle - FIRST EXPLORERS: With cool things to push, pull, and slide on the cover and every spread for interactive fun, this chunky board book gives children their first enticing taste of nonfiction! Travel deep into the jungle and what will you see? Exciting creatures in all shapes and sizes, from fluttering butterflies and chameleons to tigers, leopards, and elephants! With scenes to push and pull, bright illustrations that convey fun facts, and an invitation to spot animals on every page, this is a magical introduction to the natural world.

  2. Predator and Prey: A Conversation in Verse - Who is the predator, and who is the prey? Illuminating poetry and vivid artwork capture the awe-inspiring ways that creatures use their resources to stay alive. Who wins, the assassin bug or the spider? The bat or the frog? The ant or the honey bee? The male firefly . . . or the female? The battle for survival between predator and prey is sometimes a fight, sometimes a dance, and often involves spying, lying, or even telling the truth to get ahead. Biologist and debut author Susannah Buhrman-Deever explores these clashes in poems and prose explanations that offer both sides of the story. With beautiful, realistic illustrations that are charged with drama, Bert Kitchen captures the breathtaking moments when predator meets prey. Readers who hunger for more about the art of survival will find an extensive list of references in the back.

  3. A Last Goodbye - How do we say goodbye to a loved one after they die?

  4. Coyote Moon - A howl in the night. A watchful eye in the darkness. A flutter of movement among the trees. Coyotes. In the dark of the night, a mother coyote stalks prey to feed her hungry pups. Her hunt takes her through a suburban town, where she encounters a mouse, a rabbit, a flock of angry geese, and finally an unsuspecting turkey on the library lawn. POUNCE! Perhaps Coyote’s family won’t go hungry today. This title has Common Core connections.

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In the Woods
Written by David Elliott & illustrated by Rob Dunlavey
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

A New York Times best-selling author shares his love for woodland animals in a revealing, beautifully illustrated collection of verse for poetry lovers and budding naturalists.

The animals in the dark woods are secretive, their inner lives a mystery. The stealthy bobcat, the inquisitive raccoon, and the dignified bear waking up from his winter nap are just a few of the glorious animals featured in this clever collection of poems and woodland scenes. This companion to In the Sea, In the Wild, and On the Farm is the first collaboration between David Elliott and Rob Dunlavey, whose colorful, expressive art pairs with the author’s charming poems to create a love letter to the animals of the forest.

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Wilderness
Written by Mia Cassany & illustrated by Marcos Navarro
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

This brilliantly illustrated book takes young readers to the planet’s wild regions, including forests, jungles, tundras, and deserts to discover the animals that call it home. This captivating book brings the natural world into sharp focus. Beautifully colored and intricately detailed illustrations depict places as exotic and wide-ranging as Senegal’s Niokolo-Koba National Park, Russia’s Sikhote-Alin mountain range, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka, Daintree National Park in Australia, the Mexican desert, and China’s bamboo forests. The animals that live in these remote places, cleverly hidden in the trees, plants, and flowers, create a marvelous challenge for young readers to find and identify. Each spread contains more than twenty different species including birds, snakes, frogs, iguanas, leopards, tigers, gorillas, pandas, and wolves. The back of the book is filled with additional information about the animals and their habitats. Young readers will find much to discover, explore, and learn in this absorbing celebration of our planet and the amazing creatures we share it with.

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The Magic and Mystery of Trees
Written by Jen Green & illustrated by Claire McElfatrick
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Recommend Ages: 7-9

Learn about the amazing natural science of trees in this illustrated nature and science book. From the highest branch and leaf down to the complex “wood wide web” of roots, every part of a tree plays an important role in its own growth and the habitat of the whole forest or woodland. Did you know that trees take care of each other and that the whole forest is connected? The Magic and Mystery of Trees takes children on a fascinating journey of exploration, showing them just how special these mighty organisms are. Discover how they communicate and warn each other of predators, how they nurture their networks, record the past, and anticipate the future to ensure their survival. Learn unbe-leaf-able tree facts, meet extraordinary trees from around the world and the animals that call them home. Find out what trees do for us and how we are damaging them with pollution and deforestation. But it’s not too late to do something about it and you’ll find out how you can help with instructions on how to plant your very own tree!

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  1. Tall Tall Tree - “High in a redwood tree is an unseen world of all kinds of animals. Readers will meet them through rhyming verses as they count them 1 to 10”–

  2. Stretch to the Sun - The tallest known tree on earth is located in Redwood National Park in northern California. More than twelve hundred years old, it is approximately 380 feet tall–and still climbing! The tree in this book sprouted, flourished, and survived ecological threats for over twelve hundred years before being discovered by tall-tree researchers. The coast redwood tree provides a unique ecosystem for the many plants and animals in its tree canopy and managed to survive extensive harvesting by loggers nearby. Discovered in 2006, the tree’s location is kept secret to protect it.

  3. Redwoods - Jason Chin's Redwoods tells the story of a boy who discovers a book about redwoods and finds himself in their midst as he turns the pages. An ordinary train ride becomes and extraordinary trip to the great ancient forests. A ordinary subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests. As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels--all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. Crammed with interesting and accurate information about these great natural wonders, Jason Chin's first book is innovative nonfiction set within a strong and beautiful picture storybook. Chin's approach makes Redwoods a must-have common core tool for teachers and librarians introducing scientific principals to young students.

  4. Rainforest - Exotic and beautiful creatures of the rainforest, selected for the extraordinary noises they make. Delicate, colourful and distinctive, Julia Groves’ illustrations introduce us to the animals that live in this precious and endangered habitat.

Books About Environmental Science And Ecosystems and The Environment

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Baby Loves Green Energy!
Written by Ruth Spiro & illustrated by Irene Chan
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the climate of our planet and the need to protect it for all babies. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well!

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Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet
Written & illustrated by Jeanette Winter
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Recommend Ages: 3-8
Learn the story of TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old climate activist who has sparked a worldwide student movent and is demanding action from world leaders who refuse to address climate change--from acclaimed picture book creator Jeanette Winter.
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Bringing Back the Wolves: How a Predator Restored an Ecosystem
Written by Jude Isabella & illustrated by Kim Smith
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Recommend Ages: 7-12

An unintended experiment in Yellowstone National Park, in which an ecosystem is devastated and then remarkably rehabilitated, provides crucial lessons about nature’s intricate balancing act.<br/><br/>In the 1800s, hunters were paid by the American government to eliminate threats to livestock on cattle ranches near Yellowstone National Park. They did such a good job that, by 1926, no gray wolf packs were left in the park. Over the following decades, virtually every other part of the park’s ecosystem was affected by the loss of the wolves — from the animals who were their prey, to the plants that were the food for that prey, to the streams that were sheltered by those plants — and the landscape was in distress. So, starting in 1995, in an attempt to reverse course, the government reintroduced gray wolves to the park. Over time, animal populations stabilized, waterways were restored and a healthy ecosystem was recreated across the land. It’s a striking transformation, and a fascinating tale of life’s complicated interdependencies.<br/><br/>Jude Isabella’s thoroughly researched, expert-reviewed text and Kim Smith’s beautiful nature art bring science to life in this captivating story of renewal. Readers will recognize just how complex an ecosystem is and learn about the surprising interconnectedness of its members. Biodiversity, ecosystems, the food chain, habitats, needs of living things and the importance of human stewardship of the environment are all covered through this real-life example, offering direct links to earth and life science curriculums. Food web infographics help reinforce the information. A glossary and index add to the book’s usefulness.

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  1. I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon - Discover the true story of how environmentalist Farmer Tantoh is transforming the landscape in his home country of Cameroon.
    When Tantoh Nforba was a child, his fellow students mocked him for his interest in gardening. Today he's an environmental hero, bringing clean water and bountiful gardens to the central African nation of Cameroon. Authors Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul share Farmer Tantoh's inspiring story.

  2. Touch the Earth - A New York Times bestseller that TODAY calls “beautiful” and “stunning!” This interactive book immerses children in a fun and unique journey. Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want! Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it! Fly to the top of a mountain! Send clean water to thirsty people! Dive deep into the ocean (the Flier turns into a submarine!) to pick up pollution and bring back the fish! Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place! The Flier’s mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet. An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon’s life and work, Touch the Earth is filled with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children. The book includes words to a special poem written by Julian Lennon, specifically for Touch the Earth . This is the first book in a planned trilogy. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation, the global environmental and humanitarian organization that Lennon founded to promote education, health, conservation, and the protection of indigenous culture.

  3. What Will Grow? - From the team behind the gorgeous What Will Hatch? comes a companion book all about seeds and the plants that grow from them–and featuring four pull-out gatefolds. “An enchanting vision” - Publishers Weekly, starred review.

  4. A Whale's World - A Whale’s World follows a pod of spy-hopping orcas as they explore the ecosystems of the Great Bear Sea while hunting for their next meal. Past rocky shores and through kelp forests,they observe foraging wolves, hungry grizzly bears, curious black bears, graceful fin whales, splashing porpoises,slippery seals and other members of the Pacific coastal food web.The book gives readers a fun introduction to the many ways that marine and land animals interact with their environments and with each other.

Books About Environmental Science And Ecosystems and Weather

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The Cloud Book
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Introduces the ten most common types of clouds, the myths that have been inspired by their shapes, and what they can tell about coming weather changes.

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All about Weather: A First Weather Book for Kids
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Get ready--let's go on a weather adventure!

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I Am the Wind
Written by Michael Karg & illustrated by Sophie Diao
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join the wind as it swings, swirls, and soars on its remarkable journey around the globe.

I whoosh over tundra,
yodel over Everest,
skim westward on whitecaps!

With dynamic text and atmospheric illustrations, this book invites you to celebrates the world all around us through the unique perspective of the wind. Journey through the frozen forests and bayou bogs, wonder at the northern lights, and meet unique animals like wolverines and olinguitos along the way.

I am the wind and I am everywhere!

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  1. Under the Snow - A cozy look at the amazing ways animals behave and interact with their environments on a snowy day. When snow falls, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests and fields? What do they do when snow blankets the ground? Award-winning science writer Melissa Stewart offers a lyrical tour of a variety of habitats, providing young readers with vivid glimpses of animals as they live out the winter beneath the snow and ice. Constance R. Bergum’s glowing watercolors perfectly capture the wonder and magic that can happen under the snow.

  2. Climate Change for Babies -

  3. Hello Winter! - Vivid photographs of frozen wonderlands and cold-weather fun come together in a lively tribute to winter by an acclaimed author-photographer. In crystal clear photographs and a spare text, Shelley Rotner notes changes in the physical earth as winter approaches as well as animal and plant adaptations. Rotner’s acclaimed photography beautifully captures the curiosity and engery of a diverse group of youngsters as they explore and learn about the natural world. This third book in the celebrated, STEM-focused Hello Seasons! series is the perfect guide to take children from the shortest day of the year to the arrival of spring. A glossary is included.

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Books About Environmental Science And Ecosystems and Bugs And Insects

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Honeybee: The Busy Life of APIs Mellifera
Written by Candace Fleming & illustrated by Eric Rohmann
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Recommend Ages: 6-9
Take to the sky with Apis, one honeybee, as she embarks on her journey through life
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the bee book
Written & illustrated by Charlotte Milner
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Explore the secret world of bees: how they live, how they work, how they support each other and their hive. DK’s The Bee Book is a wonderful introduction to the humble honeybee: nature’s hardest worker, and much more than just a provider of honey! Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and–most importantly–responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat!

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Good Trick Walking Stick
Written by Sheri Mabry & illustrated by Jonny Lambert
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

Walking sticks are among the world’s most fascinating insects. And one many children can find right in their backyards! With a simple story, perfect for read-alouds, and colorful illustrations, this scientific look at a walking stick’s life-cycle will captivate budding entomologists. Informative sidebars are included that let children learn even more about these wild insects.

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  1. Bugs in Danger: Our Vanishing Bees, Butterflies, and Beetles - By now you’ve probably heard that bees are disappearing—but they aren’t the only species at risk. Populations of fireflies, butterflies, and ladybugs have all been declining in recent years, too. This middle grade nonfiction explains the growth, spread, and recent declines of each of these four types of insects. Exploring human causes, like the Baltimore electric company that collected fireflies to attempt to harness their phosphorescent lighting source, to natural occurrences, like the mysterious colony collapse disorder that plagues bee populations, master nonfiction storyteller Mark Kurlansky shows just how much bugs matter to our world.

  2. My Stinky Summer by S. Bug - Hilarious and scientifically accurate, this Nature Diary gives readers a bug’s-eye-view of the life cycle of a stinkbug. Told in diary form, My Stinky Summer by S. Bug introduces readers to the stinkbug’s life cycle and survival habits. From the day he is born, S. Bug hears the same refrain–“Ew! Stinkbug!” The stinkbug’s odor is powerful protection against from predators. Perhaps too powerful. Readers will also learn about the challenges that arise when an ecosystem is pushed off-balance. Children will love poring over the bright, highly detailed illustrations and pondering ideas about ecosystems and nature. The book includes a glossary and further information in the back of the book. Both art and text have been vetted for accuracy by an expert. A Junior Library Guild Selection! Don’t miss the other hilarious entries in The Nature Diary Series! Each one explores the life cycle of an animal in dated journal entries, showing young readers how they grow and change through the seasons– and offering a few laughs, too! Brightly illustrated and vetted by experts, Paul Meisel’s books are a perfect introduction to your backyard neighbors. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis CCBC Best-of-the-Year List, AAAS /Subaru Finalist, Leaping Lizards Top 10 Read-alouds, SCIENCE Best Books for Curious Kids, Virginia Readers’ Choices My Happy Year by E. Bluebird A Junior Library Guild Selection

Books About Environmental Science And Ecosystems and Conservation

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Why Should I Recycle?
Written by Jen Green & illustrated by Mike Gordon
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Uses color illustrations and simple text to explore the importance and benefits of recycling bottles, cans, plastic, clothes, and paper. Original.

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If Polar Bears Disappeared
Written & illustrated by Lily Williams
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

What would happen if polar bears disappeared from the planet? Find out in this gorgeous, accessible nonfiction picture book that imagines the consequences of a world without polar bears.

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The Camping Trip That Changed America
Written by Barb Rosenstock & illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein captures the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation’s history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.

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  1. About Habitats: Forests - This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of the forest biome and showcases its striking beauty and remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe. In this addition to the About Habitats series, award-winning author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what forests are how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in these habitats. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations show the characteristics of different types of forests – from the cold boreal forests of the northern hemisphere to the warm tropical forests near the equator A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about forests to inspire readers to learn more.

  2. Red Alert - “The Internati onal Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List tells us where we urgently need to do something to prevent the despoliation of this world.”—Sir David Attenborough, filmmaker and naturalist Inspired and endorsed by the “Red List” database of animals in peril, maintained by the IUCN, this interactive book introduces species on six continents. Lushly illustrated; blending approachable text and secondary facts; with full portraits of animals such as the Chinese giant salamander, the snow leopard, the blue whale, and the giant panda, Red Alert provides young activists with information on how they can help save these beautiful creatures. Inspire activism and environmentalism with these stories of animals in urgent need of attention.

Books About Environmental Science And Ecosystems and Marine Life

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Baby Oceanographer
Written by Dr. Laura Gehl & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Baby Scientist is an adorable board book series that brings fun, accessible science concepts to baby’s world using simple language, recognizable settings, and vibrant art. Read them all with your baby scientist! Baby Oceanographer explores the oceans. With his snorkel and mask, he looks at the animals and plants under the sea. What creatures are found deep down? Are waves in the ocean like waves in the bathtub? Find out with Baby Oceanographer! Don’t miss the other books in this series, including Baby Astronaut!

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Down, Down, Down
Written & illustrated by Steve Jenkins
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Provides a top-to-bottom look at the ocean, from birds and waves to thermal vents and ooze.

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Sea Creatures
Written & illustrated by Chorkung Kung
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

FIRST EXPLORERS: With cool things to push, pull, and slide on the cover and every spread for interactive fun, this chunky board book gives children their first enticing taste of nonfiction! Swim through coral reefs, rock pools, and deep blue seas to see what lives in and near the ocean! As kids push, pull, and slide their way through the pages, they’ll encounter some amazing creatures: scuttling crabs, tentacled jellyfish, slippery eels, and penguins, seals, and giant whales that like icy-cold water. From pretty starfish to fierce sharks and octopuses, each one is fantastic.

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  1. The Coral Kingdom - From brightly coloured corals to shimmering shoals of fish, the diversity of life on a coral reef is celebrated in this visually stunning picture book with a strong ecological message about the need to protect this most precious of environments. Through gentle rhyme and intricately etched artwork, it explores the life cycle, diversity and colour of the coral reef ecosystem, as well as the threats the reef faces and what we can do to save it. With each page packed full of delightful sea creatures to discover and enjoy, this is a lyrical and engaging way to learn about the life cycle of a coral reef.

  2. Coral Reefs (New & Updated Edition) - What is life like in a coral reef? What do corals eat? Why are corals more colorful at nighttime? Learn about some of the most beautiful locations in the natural world Marine biologists believe coral reefs existed 400 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Today this active environment is home to about 20,000 kinds of brilliantly colored corals, plants, and animals–more sea creatures than are found anywhere else in the world. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is so large that astronauts can see it from outer space! Children in early elementary grades will enjoy Gibbon’s informative text and clear, detailed illustrations on this journey into the unique lives of coral reefs.

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