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World Book Day 2022 – Environmental Children’s Books

In celebration of World Book Day, members of our team have shared their favourite children’s books with an environmental focus.

Celebrating storytelling and nature

On Thursday 3 March, we are celebrating World Book Day. It’s a joyous event in many schools across the country, abuzz with delight and surprise of spotting many fantastic book characters, coming to life in the school corridors. 

We have put together a fantastic list of book recommendations from across our team, all with an environmental focus. You will find childhood classics, new releases, stories to stir the spirit, or calm it down. It’s a celebration of storytelling and love for nature, memories to be reflected on and yet to be made. Stories that unify us, inspire and spark curiosity.  

The classics

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (ages 7+) 

Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann (ages 7+), shared by Sally from our Fundraising and Communications team, who said she “gained a love of wildlife” through this book. 

The Lorax by Dr Seuss (ages 4+), named as a “seminal” read by Ben from our Programmes and Partnerships team 

Hidden gems

The Last Wild by Piers Torday (ages 9+) 

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (ages 9+) 

Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta (ages 13+) 

The Troubled Times trilogy (Water’s Edge, Power’s Out, Earth’s Descent) by Rachel Meehan (ages 12+) 

The Lost Words: A Spell Book by Robert Macfarlane (ages 3+), shared by Emily from our Programmes and Partnerships team, who said it “is amazing for adults and children. It's absolutely beautiful and about nature words that are being lost” 

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers (ages 3+) 

New releases

Elephant in my Kitchen! by Smriti Halls (ages 3+), recommended by Abi from the Programmes and Partnerships team. She says it’s “all about the problem when all the animals have to come and live at my house because we’ve spoilt their homes”. 

Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (ages 9+), named as a “brilliant” new book by Caroline from our Science, Policy and Innovation team. 

We have a Dream: Meet 30 Young Indigenous People and People of Colour Protecting the Planet by Dr Mya-Rose Craig (ages 7+), shared by Megan from our Education team. We are particularly fond of this one, as Dr Mya-Rose Craig is a brilliant voice in the environmental sector and a collaborator at Earthwatch. 

Earth Heroes: Twenty Inspiring Stories of People Saving Our World by Lily Dyu (ages 8+) 

Slow Down by Rachel Williams (ages 5+) 

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (ages 3+) 

The Last Garden by Rachel Ip (ages 6+) 

Pip and Egg by Alex Latimer (ages 3+) 


Age ranges for the books are listed as recommendations. Happy reading to all nature lovers (young and old)!



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