Children and families are more likely to stay involved in green lifestyle when surrounded by helpful resources, so we selected the top eight eco-friendly books every family should have on their bookshelf. After all, one of the best ways that you can immerse your family seamlessly into green living is by learning about it everyday. There are many wonderful books that focus on living in harmony with the environment in a fun and engaging way. Check out our favorite green books for families and see it they're on your bookshelf already.
1. The Family Dinner by Laurie David
The Family Dinner is my favorite must have family book. Written by the producer of An Inconvenient Truth, The Family Dinner shows America’s overwhelmed families the importance of sitting down to dinner together every day. This book is full of kid-friendly organic recipes and chocked full of conversation starters, dinner table games and other fun ways to get your family talking and eating together, showing that dinner is the most important meal of the day.
2. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
The Lorax may be one of the first eco-friendly themed books that you read as a child. Share this beloved Seuss story of the Lorax who speaks for the trees, warning all that if the greedy Once-ler doesn’t stop destroying the environment that everyone will suffer. It’s a delightful rhyming read, and a true environmental classic, that the entire family will enjoy.
3. Green Guide Families: The Complete Reference for Eco-Friendly Parents by Catherine Zandonella
Green Guide Families is the perfect all-in-one resource for living an eco-friendly family lifestyle. You will find information on all aspects of green living from diapers to sustainable eating to greening playtime and school days. It’s an easy, well-organized read that touches on almost all of the general questions you will have about living a green lifestyle.
4. The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales compiled by Dawn Casey
The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales is my favorite book for teaching how different cultures around the world set out to live in harmony with the natural world. Each of the seven beautifully illustrated folk tales are followed by a hands-on activity that promotes green living and reinforces the eco messages of the stories. This is a large, wonderful book that younger and older children will both enjoy — and it makes a fabulous coffee table book.
5. Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass
Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon is the fantastic story of a dragon who stays true to his vegetarian values regardless of the repercussions. Herb is captured by the king’s knights and is faced with the ultimate decision — if he should eat meat to save his own life. This is a brightly colored book with fun illustrations that your younger children will devour. It’s a great book to help children understand that standing up for your eating beliefs is super important.
6. The Tree by Dana Lyons
The Tree is the story of a wise 800-year-old Douglas Fir who contemplates the future when the bulldozers come to cut him down. With beautiful illustrations that will captivate all ages, especially preschoolers, The Tree will teach and inspire your family to make the changes necessary to save our environment.
7. Don’t Throw That Away by Lauren Bergen
Don’t Throw That Away is the story of an eco-conscious super hero who teaches children how to recycle and reuse common household items. This is a lovely large flap book that shows the ways that trash can really become treasure. This colorful and fun read, shows simple ways that you can transform old clothing into costumes or how a box can become so many fun things when you just use your imagination. This is a book that younger children will especially enjoy.
8. In My Pond by Sara Gillingham
In My Pond is one of the sweet finger puppet board books from the “In My” series from Petit Collage. This colorful book adds a physcial interaction that younger children delight in. Each page, shows a different “layer” of the animals home and invites young readers to watch and touch the little fish as he wiggles and swims on each page.
+ In My Pond $8.99