Best Children's Books About Recycling

7 Children's Books About Recycling

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Kenya's Art book
#1
Kenya's Art
Written by Linda Trice and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Kenya’s class is on spring vacation and their teacher asked them to write a report about how they spent their time. But vacation is almost over and Kenya hasn’t done anything worth noting. A late visit to a museum’s recycling exhibit and a walk through her neighborhood with her daddy inspire Kenya to use her old, broken toys and other items to make art with her family. Now she’s prepared to teach her whole class how to Recycle! Reuse! Make Art!

Recycling! book
#2
Recycling!
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A child helps sort waste to determine which items can be recycled and which can be reused.

The Great Paper Caper book
#3
The Great Paper Caper
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes a whodunnit just right for the youngest of readers (not to mention instructions for how to build the perfect paper airplane!) The animals? homes are disappearing. Tree by tree, the forest is being cut down. Clues! There must be clues. For instance, look–there is a mysterious bear carrying an ax! But what would a bear want with so many trees? Perhaps the discarded paper airplanes littering the forest floor have a story to tell? Oliver Jeffers’ quirky, childlike humor and lovable illustrations are in full effect in this funny whodunit featuring a winning cast of animals and a message about the importance of conservation and recycling.

City book
#4
City
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Delivering, collecting, transporting and recycling! Lift the flap to see each vehicle busy at work. Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills - and simply joining in!

Katie Saves the Earth book
#5
Katie Saves the Earth
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

With Earth Day coming up, Katie decides to have a yard sale with her friends and recycle her old toys.

Lumberjack's Beard book
#6
Lumberjack's Beard
Written and illustrated by Duncan Beedie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Every day, Jim Hickory the lumberjack heads into the forest with his trusty axe and chops down trees. Unfortunately, all sorts of creatures lose their homes in the process, so Jim gives them a home in his beard - until one day it all just gets too much. Time for Jim to come up with a better solution! A story with a green message.

What a Waste book
#7
What a Waste
Written and illustrated by Jess French
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Everything you need to know about what we're doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling. This environmental book will teach young ecologists about how our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there's a floating mass of garbage twice the size of Texas drifting around the Pacific Ocean? It's not all bad news though. As well as explaining where we're going wrong, What a Waste shows what we're doing right! Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful. Every small change helps our planet!

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