Sustainability 101

Children's Books About Recycling

Living a more sustainable lifestyle is the goal for many. But how do we instill these values in our children? What’s the best way of making issues like environmentalism interesting to the young? Well, children’s books about recycling are a great starting point!

With the right literature, it is easy to hook a child’s imagination, which can make the process of learning about sustainability fun and engaging. When a child enjoys something, they are more likely to remember it and even seek further learning to fully embrace the subject. This type of conscious upbringing will help guide them towards environmentalism as they grow.

With that in mind, you may now be wondering, which books are best for children? If you’re feeling a little adrift in the sea of available options, worry not. The following article highlights some of the best children’s books on recycling and sustainability.



The Best Children’s Recycling & Sustainability Books

Don’t Throw That Away! A Lift-The-Flap Book About Recycling And Reusing

Book - Don't throw that away

In Don’t Throw That Away!, we follow the adventures of a small eco-conscious superhero. Their voyage of discovery includes learning all about waste. Rather than throwing it away, this hero discovers how to recycle and reuse.

What It Teaches

This book teaches your children all about recycling and reusing household items. They will begin to think differently about waste. This shift in mentality involves creating costumes from old clothes, turning jam jars into vases, and creating bird feeders out of empty plastic milk bottles. Your kids will learn just how fun and creative sustainability can really be.



Charlie And Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers
Charlie And Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers

This book follows Charlie and Lola’s introduction to sustainability. A recycling competition is offering a real-life tree to the winner. However, to earn this prize, Lola needs to recycle one hundred items. To achieve this, she recruits Charlie and her classmates to help. Fortunately for Lola, her friends are “extremely very good recyclers”.

What It Teaches

This charming book is filled with useful, practical tips for your children to start recycling. They will discover which materials are recyclable, and how they can be recycled. The book even includes a free poster to help kids track their own recycling efforts.

 

What Can You Do With An Old Red Shoe? A Green Activity Book About Reuse
What Can You Do With An Old Red Shoe? A Green Activity Book About Reuse

This book presents readers with a range of great ideas for reusing items. It’s essentially a sustainability craft book for children and is jam-packed with great ideas like turning a torn shower curtain into an apron.

What It Teaches

This book teaches kids practical ways of reusing different products. It provides step-by-step instructions on transforming old household items into fun new ones. Children will discover how much fun reusing and repurposing old stuff can be.

 

The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling

The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle conveys the full lifecycle of a plastic bottle. The story begins with some crude oil at the bottom of the sea, then goes through polymerization at an oil refinery before it is turned into a brand-new plastic bottle, and the plastic eventually finds its way into a recycling facility.

This brightly illustrated story is both highly engaging as well as informative.

What It Teaches

Your kids will develop an understanding of a plastic bottle’s full life cycle in addition to gaining invaluable insight into the ecological impact of different products. They will also learn all about the resources required to make different plastic items.

 

The Berenstain Bears Go Green
The Berenstain Bears Go Green

This fun and colorful story follows the Berenstain bears as they fight pollution. While on a family picnic, the Berenstain bears encounter a terrible smell. Upon investigation, they discover it’s coming from the town dump, which is leaking waste. This is harming the nearby river, so the Berenstain bears leap into action to solve the environmental crisis.

What It Teaches

The Berenstain Bears Go Green teaches the importance of protecting nature. It will help your children be conscious of environmentalism and even encourage them to think about solutions to environmental threats.

 


Reading About Environmentalism

These are some of the best recycling books for preschoolers and young children. Above and beyond the evident comprehension benefits, these books will be sure to pique your children’s interest in environmentalism. It can help set them on a path towards sustainability so they can have a hand in securing the planet’s future — their future. That’s a win-win all round!

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