It’s World Earth Day today, a day to mark all that our beloved plant Earth does for us and how fragile it is. A day to remind us to take care of Earth, love it, and protect it from all the man-made hazards. Considering the current crisis that we all are going through, there hasn’t been a year as important as 2020, for all of us to remember this. Be it today or everyday, our planet needs love from us always. 

There are hundreds of good books for children on earth, nature, and the environment around us. I mean you think of any theme and you will be surprised to find the brilliant stories that exist for kids. While we have read many good books on this theme but here are the five that we would like to recommend from our recent-read list that I and my son enjoyed together.

I totally understand that in this lockdown it’s going to be difficult to find books in your library or store nearby, hence I am trying to recommend books that are present on digital channels too.

My Friend Earth

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A cute story about what all Earth does for us. Packed with beautiful illustrations and presented in a die-cut format, this one makes a great read for younger kids about the many things that our beloved planet does for us and why we should take care of it. 

Available as read-aloud session here.

Author: Patricia MacLachlan

Illustrator: Francesca Sanna

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Suitable For: 3 – 6 years

Available on Amazon here. 

The Curious Garden

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A very interesting and insightful story of a little boy named Liam who lives in the city but ends up developing a whole garden through his efforts. Many city kids would be able to relate to this story, apart from the love for gardens, this story also is a wonderful example of how you can achieve anything through willpower and perseverance. 

Available as read-aloud session here. 

Author: Peter Brown

Illustration: Peter Brown

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Suitable for: 3 to 8 years

Available on Amazon here.

Beeji’s Story

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It’s a story of a super seed Beeji that travels through different landforms, from icy lands to desserts, and is finally happy to be back to soft soil. This book is one of the five books in the series, First Look Science, that was visualized by design students in a classroom project with Srishti, Bengaluru. I had earlier written about some of the other titles in this series here. These books are meant for bit grown-up kids and they are packed with very insightful information about elements of nature around us. 

Author & Illustrator: Anushka Kalro, Rajasree Ray, Sankhalina Nath, Shubhangi Goel.

Publisher: Tulika Publishers

Suitable for: 6 to 14 years

Available on Amazon here.

Jadav And The Tree Place

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An amazing story about a man named Jadav who creates forests. Totally loved this book, it highlights the importance of growing trees, preserving our ecosystem through a beautiful story.

What more? This book is also available for free to read at Storyweavers here. Isn’t that amazing? 

Author: Vinayak Varma

Illustrator: Vinayak Varma

Suitable for: 3 to 8 years

Available on Pratham  Books here. 

The Lorax

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Written by the master storyteller Dr. Seuss, this book highlights the hazards of destroying forests and killing our ecosystem in a wonderful way. While this book is written for kids but like other Seuss books, this has a very important message for adults too.

Available as read-aloud session here.

Author: Dr. Seuss

Illustrator: Dr. Seuss

Suitable for: 3 – 8 years

Available on Amazon here. 

I hope you and your little one enjoy reading these. We have added some interesting Earth Day specials in our Instagram highlights too. 

And in case your child enjoys doodling, you may check out our 30 days, 30 doodles for Kids this month. Our today’s doodle theme was – LOVE EARTH. Let me know if your little one enjoyed doing these. We love to see the doodles done by our little readers. Please mail them at contactkiddingly@gmail.com and we would be excited to feature the work of little artists on our website and social pages.

That’s it for now. Stay home. Read Everyday. Doodle Everyday. And have fun Kiddingly. 

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