In my opinion, Earth Day is one of the most underrated holidays.Not everybody celebrates Easter or cooks a turkey on Thanksgiving, but the earth is something that everyone on this planet has reason to celebrate! So today, lets take a moment and revisit some of the best children’s books that celebrate the earth
4. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Bethel
Most of you will probably recognize the story of “Chewandswallow,” a town where instead of thunderstorms and rainshowers, meatballs and other food rains from the sky. Bethel’s classic, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” was recently adapted into a film, and although the fun-filled animated feature is entertaining, it can’t compete with the nostalgic simplicity this little picture book provided. What we learned from “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” is that weather and the natural world is amazing, even if it doesn’t have hamburgers raining from the sky.
3. Weslandia by- Paul Fleischman
“Weslandia” is the perfect read for anyone; young or old, who is interested in growing giant mysterious foliage in their backyard and starting an off-the- grid society. This picture book really dives deep into nature and teaches kids to entertain themselves with the world around them. What I love most about this story is its quirky, anthropological themes. I won’t spoil the whole experience for you, but a whole new world is discovered among these giant flowers.
2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
You can probably find a copy of “The Giving Tree” on most bookshelves in many homes. This sweet, melancholy story expresses our relationship with nature and what happens if we do not respect it. This story deals with themes of loyalty, devotion, and regret. It really is a deep story for such a simple poem. If you need any reminder of why you should take care of the environment, just flip through the pages; you are sure to be reminded.
1. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
“The Lorax” sends the most direct message of any of the books on my list. The message is solemn and clear.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”- Dr. Suess.
The real accomplishment of this book is that it politely reminds us that we are killing the earth, and does it in a beautiful way. You don’t feel attacked when you read “The Lorax,” But it makes you think. And it makes you want to do something about it. Dr. Seuss reminds us how important it is to preserve the natural world, and that if we keep “biggering” and “biggering” there won’t be much left. This story has been so influential with the “green” movement, they even created an adaptation recently that included the effects of air pollution and smog on the environment.
“The Lorax” has truly been a successful tool in educating children about the environment, and although the movie adaptation was cute, and introduced environmental issues to a younger audience, it lacked the heart the original story was written with.
That concludes my Top 4 Children’s Books to Read on Earth Day! Feel free to comment and let me know if you think I missed a deserving title. Make sure to go out and celebrate nature today!