7 Fantastic Books that Teach Your Kids About the Environment

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"The Lorax", by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss does the impossible in all his books, but in The Lorax perhaps more than any other. Here, he celebrates the spectacular glory of nature and ... more 
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"The Lorax", by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss does the impossible in all his books, but in The Lorax perhaps more than any other. Here, he celebrates the spectacular glory of nature and condemns the spectacular greed of humanity while inspiring kids to "speak for the trees" - all without being preachy, smug, finger-waggy or precious. Plus, this book holds the single best, most hopeful word ever written in children's literature: UNLESS.
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Nature plays a big role in most children's books. Usually it's a lush, sunny paradise with talking animals. But few books explore the complexity of the natural world, and the impact humanity has on it. Today, more than ever, our kids have a huge stake in the environment as they inherit a world with 7+ billion inhabitants and a climate out of whack. As our kids grow up, we want them to love the sunny playground of nature, but also to understand its power and its fragility. Below we've listed our top 7 children's books about nature and the environment, including picture books for the younger set and chapter books for tweens. Each in its own way illuminates not just the beauty of nature, but the complex relationship between humans and the environment. And each inspires young readers to become part of the solution. -By Jeanne Nolan and Amanda Little

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