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Repairing, Reusing And Repurposing: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about repairing, reusing and repurposing?

As you can see, this list of kids books about repairing, reusing and repurposing is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about repairing, reusing and repurposing, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg's stand to save the world
Written by Zoe Tucker & illustrated by Zoe Persico
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

This inspiring picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg—the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world’s climate crisis—using allegory to make this important topic accessible to young children. Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea… A section at the back explains that, in reality, the fight against the “giants” isn’t over and explains how you can help Greta in her fight. This book has been printed sustainably in the US on 100% recycled paper. By buying a copy of this book, you are making a donation of 3% of the cover price to 350.org.

The House Full of Stuff
Written & illustrated by Emily Rand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The fourth title from the author-artist Emily Rand explores environmental issues, recycling, and the importance of being neighborly

Mr. McDuff lives in a house full of stuff! He loves collecting things—bits and pieces that he thinks could be useful one day, but that his neighbors call junk! They all keep their houses neat and tidy, and hurry by without saying hello. Everyone except Mo, that is. Can Mo and Mr. McDuff convince the rest of the neighborhood that his stuff is useful, and that reusing and repairing is often better than throwing things away?

The Doll Hospital
Written by Kallie George & illustrated by Sara Gillingham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s a quiet morning at the Doll Hospital until… DING-A-LING-A-LING! The emergency bells ring! Here comes a patient who needs Dr. Pegs’s help. Dr. Pegs is about to get to work when… DING-A-LING-A-LING! Here comes another patient! And another! How will Dr. Pegs take care of them all? Looks like the doctor needs some help herself!

The Bingity-Bangity School Bus
Written by Fleur Conkling & illustrated by Ruth Wood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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Busby the school bus might be old and clankety, but the children adore him. The adults, however, think he’s ready for the junkyard. Busby decides to run away, and soon finds himself upside down in a field! Thankfully, the children come to the rescue and convince the townspeople to give him a spiffy upgrade. Busby has never looked better!

The Doll Shop Downstairs
Written by Yona Zeldis McDonough & illustrated by Heather Maione
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Nine-year-old Anna and her sisters love to play with the dolls in their parents’ doll repair shop. But when World War I begins, an embargo on German-made goods-including the parts Papa needs to repair the dolls-threatens to put the family’s shop out of business. Fortunately, Anna has an idea that just might save the day. Inspired by the true story of Madame Alexander, this is a timeless tale of family and imagination. This beautiful gift edition of The Doll Shop Downstairs, featuring an eye-catching foil embossed cover, will make a perfect holiday present for dreamers and doll lovers everywhere.

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