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23 Resourceful Picture Books About Recycling

Updated Apr. 16, 2019

If unfamiliar with recycling it may seem daunting, undesirable, gross, or just plain not fun. Once you start, however, you will find it is quite addicting and rather enjoyable as you realize how much you are saving and preserving in the world. Enjoy learning more about it in these great books below.

Top 10 Recycling Books

Ada's Violin book
#1
Ada's Violin
Written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

I love this book! It has something for everyone- invention, music, and more. It is a deep book that talks about poverty and the struggles of growing up in a lower-income area. However, Ada is an amazing example of someone who doesn't let life happen to her, but does what she needs to create the life she wants. I would read this story even without my little one, as it is just a story that reaches the heart and helps us all take a deeper look into our lives.

A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.

The Dump Man's Treasures book
#2
The Dump Man's Treasures
Written by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Mary Beth Owens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As people continually throw their books away, the dump man restores and re-circulates them, which only pleases the children, but one day when the dump does not open, only the children know where to possibly find the dump man.

Here Comes the Garbage Barge! book
#3
Here Comes the Garbage Barge!
Written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Red Nose Studio
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Goodfather

This true story is almost hard to believe as the Garbage Barge travels up and down the coast trying to find someone who will take the load of garbage it's carrying. It will really make you think reducing your garbage footprint. As a big fan of the work of Red Nose Studio, I also enjoy the illustrations in this story.

When a little town on Long Island is inundated with garbage, its citizens become more environmentally aware, while a garbage barge travels the North American coast in search of a dumping location.

Heal the Earth book
#4
Heal the Earth
Written by Bart Davis, Julian Lennon and illustrated by Smiljana Coh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Take a journey to help the Earth in the second book of the New York Times bestselling trilogy by Julian Lennon! Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. This time, Lennon’s interactive book immerses children in a fun and unique journey where they can: Bring medicine to people in need! Dive below the ocean to bleached coral reefs! Visit the city to cultivate green spaces! Help the rain forest return and give its animals a home! 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. Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it! An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon's life and work, Heal the Earth is filled with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children. The book includes words to a new, special poem written by Julian Lennon, specifically for Heal the Earth. 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.

I Had a Favorite Dress book
#5
I Had a Favorite Dress
Written by Boni Ashburn and illustrated by Julia Denos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A young girl loves her favorite dress, but when it gets worn, goes out of fashion, or she grows too big to fit, her mother fixes up her old favorite into something new.

The Lorax book
#6
The Lorax
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.

The Dumpster Diver book
#7
The Dumpster Diver
Written by Janet S. Wong and illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Once a month--every week in the summer--Steve the electrician dons special gear and, with the help of youngsters who live in his building, dives into a dumpster seeking useful objects that they can transform into imaginative new ones.

Why Should I Recycle? book
#8
Why Should I Recycle?
Written by Jen Green and illustrated by Mike Gordon
picture book
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.

I Can Save the Earth! book
#9
I Can Save the Earth!
Written by Alison Inches and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A new “green” series!: Little Green Books will educate children on what they can do to be more eco-friendly. The books in this line will be made from recycled materials, and the storylines will cover subjects such as improving the environment, learning about endangered animals, recycling, and much more. Meet Max the Little Monster. He is a cute, furry green monster who is an environmental nightmare. Among other things, he leaves on all the lights, keeps his computer plugged in, blasts the TV, hoards his old toys and uses so much toilet paper it clogs the toilet until finally, his excessive ways cause a power outage. With no TV to watch, computer to play on, video games to play with, Max finds there is a whole big world outside that he can make a difference in the environment. Kids can follow Max the Little Green Monster's journey to environmental awareness and learn tips on how they can become little green monsters themselves. A kid-friendly glossary of terms is included in the back of the book. This 8x8 paperback is perfect bound and will be printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with soy-ink. The paper is FSC certified.

Michael Recycle book
#10
Michael Recycle
Written by Ellie Bethel and illustrated by Alexandra Colombo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Michael Recycle, the green-caped crusader, visits the town of Abberdoo-Rimey and proves to the residents that recycling can actually be fun.

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