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Best children’s books about climate change and the environment

From inspiring stories about activists fighting to save our planet to beautifully illustrated books about exploring and caring for the natural world, these titles are perfect for teaching children about the environment and climate change.

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Earth Heroes

Written by Lily Dyu Illustrated by Amy Blackwell
9-12

When faced with climate change, the biggest threat that our planet has ever confronted, it’s easy to feel as if nothing you do can really make a difference... but this book proves that individual people can change the world.

With twenty inspirational stories celebrating the pioneering work of a selection of Earth Heroes from all around the globe, from Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough to Yin Yuzhen and Isatou Ceesay, each tale is a beacon of hope in the fight for the future of our planet, proving that one person, no matter how small, can make a difference.

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National Trust: How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear

Written by Dr Jess French Illustrated by Angela Keoghan
5-7

Learn how you can save endangered animals and make the world a better place with this wonderful non-fiction book!

From hedgerows to heathlands, woodlands to highlands, there are thirteen beautifully illustrated habitats to learn about, packed with details about the wildlife and seventy simple tips on how you can help protect them.

Written by Dr Jess French, presenter of Minibeast Adventure with Jess on CBeebies, this is an engaging and accessible book about the environment for children of all ages.

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National Trust: Look What I Found in the Woods

Written by Moira Butterfield Illustrated by Jesús Verona
2-5

Discover a world of wonder on a woodland walk, with this beautiful picture book from the National Trust.

Set off on an outdoor adventure to find natural treasure, from prickly pine cones to swirly snail’s shells, then learn more about the found object with irresistibly illustrated and informative nature notes.

Packed full of fascinating facts alongside a gentle rhyming narrative, encouraging children to get outside and explore their surroundings.

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National Trust: 2021 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac

Written by Anna Wilson Illustrated by Elly Jahnz
7-9

Take the learning outside with our 2021 Children's Almanac!

This fantastic fully-illustrated guide includes nature spotter guides, indoor and outdoor craft and activity ideas, seasonal recipes and celebrations of religious festivals and special events.

A wonderful addition to your homeschool bookshelf, this gorgeous almanac will encourage children to connect with nature and the world around them.

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Earth Friends: Fair Fashion

Written by Holly Webb
7-9

From bestselling and much-loved children's author, Holly Webb, this is the first in a brilliant series about four friends who know you're never too small to make a difference!

Researching her school project on Fairtrade has been a real eye-opener for Maya. She loves clothes and is appalled to find that her favourite sparkly T-shirts are made by poor children in other countries who lead very different lives from her own, privileged one. She knows she must do something about it, but how can she make a difference without revealing her pop star secret to the world?

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