Best children's books to teach little ones about looking after the environment

It’s never too early to start teaching kids about the importance of the environment, and books are a powerful learning tool.

From learning about pollution through the eyes of a plastic bag to finding out the story behind climate heroes like Greta Thunberg, reading is one way to inspire the next generation of eco-activists.

Including illustrated classics and a how-to guide, here are some of best books to help your child learn about the impact they can have on the planet.

Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts and Hannah Peck

Written with the help of wildlife expert and guide Sarah Roberts (check out her adventures on, this book – with protagonist Stanley the plastic bag – is the perfect way to introduce younger children (ages three to six) to the perils of pollution.

£6.99 (Scholastic)

How You Can Save The Planet by Hendrikus van Hensbergen

As the name suggests, this is a practical book, perfect for older children and teens, teeming with ways to look after the environment, from tips on rewilding to writing letters to politicians.

£7.99 (Puffin)

The Lorax by Dr Seuss

This volume is 50 years old yet the message – which speaks of the importance of conservation and protecting the planet from corporate greed – is timeless. Suitable for ages four to eight.

£6.99 (Harper Collins)

Earth Heroes by Lily Dyu and Amy Blackwell

This beautifully illustrated book for ages nine to 12 contains the stories of 20 inspiring climate activists and environmentalists, including Sweden’s Greta Thunberg and presenter David Attenborough.

£16.99 (Nosy Crow)

Here We Are: Notes for Living On Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

A heartfelt reminder that our planet and all life on it is precious and fleeting, so we should do our best to live well.

This award-winning bestseller for ages three to six is a beautiful, tender book to be treasured.

£9.99 (Harper Collins)

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