Green Reads - Books to help save the planet Green Reads - Books to help save the planet

Books for children of all ages to help them understand and change the world around them



Green Reads for Under 5s

Bee and Me
Alison Jay
Told entirely in pictures, this is the story of a special friendship and demonstration of all that bees do for our world. A bee strays into a dusty city and through an open window where a little girl is reading... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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This Book Totally Makes Stuff Grow (Maggie and Rose)
Maggie Bolger
Meet Maggie, Rose, Oscar and Bentley - four friends who are all set for hours of creative fun. Go wild growing your own plants, and discover that there's more to soil than mud pies in this totally amazing science activity... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2011
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This Book is Totally Rubbish (Maggie and Rose)
Maggie Bolger
Meet Maggie, Rose, Oscar and Bentley - four friends with loads of ideas for fun stuff to do. This brilliant activity book contains oodles of things to make and do - all based around the subject of art and recycling.... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2011
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It's My World Too: Discover Endangered Animals and Their Habitats
Elena Pasquali, Tina MacNaughton
A host of softly drawn animals whose habitats are endangered by humans are shown in their own worlds. The book's message is that we must all share the world and respect the different needs of each other. Under the sea... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/01/2010
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The Trouble With Dragons
Debi Gliori
A cautionary tale for readers young and old about the use and misuse of the planet, featuring dragons. Accessible and fun it is both beautiful and timely and will teach the reader about caring and sharing and working together. ... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2009
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Charlie and Lola: Look After Your Planet
Lauren Child
A green message within a beautiful picture book. Loveable Charlie and Lola give all kinds of useful tips about the contribution they, and all other children, can make to looking after our planet. In Lauren Child's witty illustrations, Charlie and... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2009
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Five Little Men In A Flying Saucer

A wonderfully simple story that conveys an important message to the toddler through the arrival on earth of five little men from Outer Space who find a planet spoiled and neglected and aim to put it right. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2005
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The Flower (Illustrated by Lisa Evans)
John Light
Lisa Evans has been selected as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators Award in 2008. This is a deceptively simple yet haunting story, beautifully and mysteriously illustrated. Its setting is a bleak future metropolis where flowers no... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2006
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Whole World
Fred Penner
Age 0+. Celebrate the world through songs with this book that is supported by a CD. There are songs from mountains and valleys, songs for fish, birds and trees. Beautifully illustrated, the music is also supported by additional information which... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Mixed Media Product | Released 01/07/2007
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Tin Forest
Helen Ward
Book and CD. Exquisite and fascinating illustrations beautifully capture the hopeful mood of this story about the power of dreaming. Living in a miserable grey world, an old man repeatedly dreams of colour and growth. Gradually his world begins to... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Mixed Media Product | Released 02/03/2009
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A Michael Recycle Adventure: Litterbug Doug
Ellie Bethel
A campaigning picture book that will encourage all to recycle. Litterbug Doug hates recycling; instead he creates a heap of litter all around his home. When green-hero Michael appears Litterbug Doug refuses to listen to the recycling message and does... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2009
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Green Reads for 5 and older

Christopher Nibble
Charlotte Middleton
A witty and charming story which strikes a cautionary note about greed, the hero of which is a warm-hearted guinea pig called Christopher Nibble. Heroism comes in many shapes and sizes and Christopher Nibble's determination to bring back dandelions to... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/08/2009
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The Big Green Book
Fred Pearce
Pull the tabs, lift the flaps and open up the amazing pops and discover the answers to lots of questions about being green and find out what you can do to help our planet stay green. Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/09/2010
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Barefoot Book of Earth Tales
Dawn Casey
This stunning collection of stories from around the world, which celebrate the importance of the world we live in, is supported by inspiring hands-on activities to encourage all to protect and preserve our world as much as we are able.... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2009
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See Inside Planet Earth
Katie Daynes
Age 5+. Loads of easily accessible information is packed into this attractive interactive information book. Busy spreads draw readers in to explore different aspects of the Earth from where it is in the solar system to the geography you can... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/03/2008
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101 Ways to Save The Earth
David Bellamy
This is one of the best ever books on the environment for children and this new edition is printed on recycled paper. It answers green questions in a clear style, provides projects for every child to do and it will... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/06/2008
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Varmints
Helen Ward
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. The most overlooked threat in the world today is the loss of peace and tranquility. Can someone find the time and space to stop, think and plant the seeds of change before it's... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2007
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Yes I Can! Help Save Our Planet

Age 4+. Coming from a small publisher, Tango Books, is a book that we at Lovereading4kids rate very highly indeed in terms of getting the green agenda across to even the youngest toddler. With loads of flaps to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2007
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Michael Recycle
Ellie Bethel
Age 3+. When this lovely book came in we were bowled over by it, both because of its 'Green' theme but also because of the terrific interaction of illustration and straightforward text. The character of Michael Recycle is an-all action... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2008
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The Tree Of Life
Rochelle Strauss
Age 5+. This is a dazzling introduction to the incredible variety of life on Earth for children of all ages. Packed with compelling facts about the world's species, it also clearly explains that habitats are being destroyed and species are... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2008
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Spud Goes Green
Giles Thaxton
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards: Best Book with Facts 2006. A clever story which successfully wraps up a mass of information in a remarkably small space. Spud takes a tough New Year's decision: he decides to go green... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2011
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Green Reads for 7 and older

The Good Green Lunchbox: Tasty, Healthy Lunches and Picnics
Jocelyn Miller
This is the book to help you and the children give what you eat an eco-makeover! It's a make-and-do book and contains 16 ideas for tasty and healthy lunches and picnics, which at the same time highlight a range of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/07/2010
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How the World Works
Christiane Dorion
Winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Click here to see How the Weather Works by the same author. A fully interactive guide to different aspects of the workings of the world. The story of the water cycle pops... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2010
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Small Steps
Glenn Murphy
Attractively presented this is a clearly laid out guide to all the small ways in which everyone can make a difference to climate change. Packed full of information it shows what uses energy and ways of using less energy to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2009
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The Good Green Footprint: Crafts to Help Save the Planet
Christina Goodings
You and your children can make your everyday world good and green with this fantastic craft book. Using natural, leftover and recyclable materials, give your creative talents an eco-makeover. A great way to instil upon young children the fragility of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/02/2010
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The Good Green Christmas
Christina Goodings
This is a good, festive fun with a clean green conscience to go with it. It will also encourage and entertain children during the festive period. This craft book suggests using natural, leftover materials, recyclable materials or simply fewer materials... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2009
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One Hen
Katie Smith Milway
This is the most delightful story about change. It's about how one person (or in this case a young boy and a chicken) can make a difference. Although written in the style of a picture book it's definitely a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2009
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Why Should I Bother About The Planet?
Sue Meredith
It's never too young to get youngsters doing their bit to save the planet. This brilliant little book tells in the simplest terms about what's gone wrong with the planet, what needs to be done about it and how children... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/05/2008
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You Can Save The Planet
Richard Hough
Age 6+. A highly practical users guide to taking steps in daily life to limit climate change. Subtitled A day in the life of your carbon footprint, it details exactly what the cost to the environment failing to take care... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2007
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Spud Goes Green
Giles Thaxton
Age 7+. Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards. Best book with facts. A clever story which successfully wraps up a mass of information in a remarkably small space. Spud takes a tough New Year's decision: he decides to go... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2006
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23 Ways to be an Eco Hero
Isabel Thomas
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month The planet is under threat, but there are things we can all do to change that says this attractive guide book. It's full of suggestions for practical – and enjoyable – things children... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Stories for a Fragile Planet
Kenneth Steven
Ten stories from different times and different places demonstrate the importance of looking after the earth and the creatures that live on it. Each story tells how mutual respect will lead us to have the planet we want and guide... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2010
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Gaia Warriors
Nicola Davies
This is a book about climate change like no other - a collaboration between the inventor of Gaia Theory and an award-winning non-fiction writer for children - that explains the science and answers the commonly-asked questions about global warming. The... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/11/2009
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Your Planet Needs You!: A kid's guide to going green (Science Museum)
Dave Reay
Stuffed full of practical advice, this is a terrifically useful introduction to how to do your bit for energy conservation in everyday life. Subtitled, ‘A Kid's Guide to Going Green', this includes stories, fact boxes and useful tips for all... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2009
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Storlax: The Power of the Deep
Robert Jackson, Bubbi Morthens
This is an epic children's story, told with great humour, optimism and warmth. It will grip the reader not just because of the loveable fishy characters and exciting adventures but almost more so because it subtly shows us the impact... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2008
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Frank N Stein and the Great Green Garbage Monster
Ann Jungman
A witty and topical story of an unusual monster who is just a bit different from most. When the huge rubbish monster that Frank N. Stein builds is hit by a bolt of lightening, it is suddenly and dramatically brought... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/03/2008
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Penguin Problems
Kathryn Lamb
Age 7+. A great mystery told through the eyes of Lola and Evie, who are both committed eco-worriers. Well-written but also full of fascinating eco-facts to ensure the reader cannot fail to realise the key message of the book –... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2007
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Tree Trouble
Kathryn Lamb
Age 7+. A terrific story that ‘green enthusiasts' or someone just wanting a really good story will devour in one. Lola and Evie are concerned about the state of the planet and determined to get their school to go... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2008
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Travels of Thelonious
Susan Schade, Jon Buller
Age 9+. This is an excellent part graphic novel, part heroic fantasy with a healthy and topical dose too of what could happen to us on Earth if we don't ALL take global warming more seriously. The reader will warm... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2008
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You Can Save The Planet
Jacquie Wines
Age 9+. This is the best book we've seen for kids on how a whole family can make a difference in helping to save the planet. From saving energy around the house, to recycling, reusing, repairing and reducing. But be... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2007
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Green Reads for 11 and older

Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
Tony Bradman
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone's future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Journey to the River Sea 10th Anniversary Edition
Eva Ibbotson
August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John "To me, Eva Ibbotsen is a genius. You can pick up any of her books – The Dragonfly Pool and One Boy and His Dog are also fantastic – and be guaranteed a... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2011
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Countdown to Disaster
David Burnie
Prepare to be scared by this powerful introduction to some of the world's major natural catastrophes. Divided into sections around different types of natural disaster – earthquakes and landslides, climate change, disasters from space – the powerful illustrations tell the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2010
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The Carbon Diaries 2017
Saci Lloyd
Laura's witty diary entries cleverly combine the important events in her own life – managing her boyfriend and dealing with her attempts to be in a successful band – with the major and serious issues of climate change in a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2010
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Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
Tony Bradman
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone's future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/11/2009
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How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Planet? 95 Ways to Save Planet Earth
Tony Juniper
The Director of ‘Friends of the Earth' sets out his manifesto for what we need to do if we are to save this planet for future generations and stressing the fact that these changes need to start being made now.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/01/2008
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The Carbon Diaries 2015
Saci Lloyd
Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children's Book Award. This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015. It's edgy, it's appealing and it's contemporary... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2008
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Zenith
Julie Bertagna
Mara's daughter Lily's hope for a new life is dependant on finding land somewhere in the newly watery world. As her ship navigates the strange new terrain she continues to believe in a better future. Fox, living in the ruins... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2008
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Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis
Al Gore
Al Gore's powerful contribution to the climate change debate is presented here in an accessible format for younger readers. His proposals are both simple and radical. He believes that climate change affects every part of our lives and that everyone... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2009
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Un Lun Dun
China Mieville
Age 10+. What an absolutely brilliant, extraordinary and wildly inventive fantasy adventure. Published in hardback in 2007 to huge acclaim, this will be devoured for everything ordinary in London becomes extraordinary here in Un lun dun. Fast-paced, bizarre, funny but... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2008
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An Inconvenient Truth
Al Gore
A must for teenagers. Powerful photographs make their points eloquently and from them Al Gore argues passionately for everyone to do everything they can to slow down the rate at which the climate is being destroyed. The message is irresistible... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2007
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Mates, Dates And Saving The Planet
Cathy Hopkins
‘Mates' fans will be delighted to find how easy it is to go green. Lucy, Izzie, TJ and Nesta have lots of tips about being more careful about the environment from watching how much water you boil in the kettle... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/04/2008
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Why the Animals Came to Town
Michael Foreman
Prize-winning illustrator Michael Foreman sends an important message about taking care of our planet so that all the creatures that live in it can be kept safe in this stunning picture book. When a small boy wakes in the night... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2011
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Mrs Noah's Vegetable Ark
Elena Pasquali
This lovely little picture book has an excellent environmental twist on a familiar tale. While Noah organizes the animals on to the ark, Mrs Noah suddenly realizes she must load the ark with plants or there will be nothing to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/08/2010
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BOOKS TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN 'SAVE THE PLANET'

Here at Lovereading, we aren’t just passionate about good books; we are also passionate about doing our bit to help ‘save the planet’ in any way we can. So we thought you might appreciate a bit of guidance on what books are out there to suit different ages that might enthuse children into thinking, and being a bit greener.

Our selection includes books which are highly topical covering everything from recycling and biodiversity to global warming and topical eco-tips, and even measuring your carbon footprint. But, we’ve also chosen a number of novels and picture books that have some sort of eco-friendly strand.

Like Egmont (www.egmont.co.uk) for example, who made the decision three years ago to commit to ethical business practices. Their whole manufacturing processes had to change, Greenpeace was consulted and now they use only paper that is approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council. Harper Collins, one of the largest global publishers has already gone carbon neutral in its commitment to address climate change and at the other end of the size scale there is Meadowside Books, a small but perfectly formed small children’s publisher who is very proud to use the carbon neutral logo on their books. Piccadilly Press use paper which is approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council for their fiction and non-fiction titles. For their picture books they are working with their printers in the Far East to ensure all paper used is similarly certified. As a small independent company, all paper, cardboard, plastic, cartridges, tins, bottles and anything that can be recycled is taken to the local recycling centre each week. As a consequence Piccadilly Press have reduced their non-recyclable waste to virtuallly nil over the last four years. Barefoot Books is committed to green issues, and this commitment is evident through all manufacture and distribution processes. Barefoot only use paper that is ‘ancient forest friendly’ and are looking to move towards full FSC or equivalent status in 2009. They use vegetable based inks, and all units leaving their manufacturers are consolidated into monthly shipments to lessen their transport based carbon footprint. Furthermore, they're aiming to bring some of their production back to the UK, which will have a huge impact in reducing the number of miles a book travels to get to the reader. In addition, Barefoot are currently discussing the publication of several green flagship titles which will be as green as they possibly can be – soya ink, printed in UK or Europe using locally sourced 100% recycled paper. For more detail on any of these publishers do go to their own websites.

We hope you enjoy the selection of titles and do keep coming back as we will add more on a monthly basis.


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