As part of our Words to Act On partnership with Ecology Action, Bookshop Santa Cruz has developed a curated list of great kids books for all ages, to get informed and involved for the fight for the environment, and against climate change. View our recommendations below, or stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz to check out the books in person on our display for our Ecology Action partnership.
Kids’ Special Reading Challenge: Kids--read one of these 10 selected children’s books and come into Bookshop anytime after April 1st to claim a special seed packet prize!
Advanced young readers are invited to read Coming of Age at the End of Nature, the Community Read pick for adults for our Ecology Action Partnership. A collection of essays of younger adults reflecting on childhoods spent growing up in a world starting to be aware of humanity's impact on the environment.
“Introducing a dozen North American eco-activists, most of them teenagers or younger adults, Rohmer conveys one inspirational success story after another.” . - Kirkus 4th grade reading level, but for all readers.
A hopeful, environmental wake-up call for teens ready to act. After finding a dead bee on his doorstep, Fleischman (Newbery Award-winner and local author) began extensive research into environmental challenges and changes. Eyes Wide Open is a tool kit for decoding the daily barrage of conflicting information about major issues (population, global economics, water, climate change). This book helps young people learn to look behind the headlines to examine how things got to be the way they are and what can be done about it. I recommend it to every teen, teacher, and parent eager to make the world a better place. Grades 6 & up.
In this picture book biography, Minor's full-page paintings in watercolor and gouache capture the broad sweep of the land as well as the tiny connections in the woods and in the sea around us. Young ecologists will find support here, and they will be inspired to find out more about Carson and the great spaces she explored. - Bookshop Kids Staff
“A life-affirming look at nature's beings. The lively, rhyming text celebrates different creatures, including "The Feather People" (birds), "The Bubble People" (fish), "The Leggy People" (bugs), "The Purring People" (cats), "The Giving People" (cows), and "The People People" (humans). Finally, the focus is placed on readers: "And here's to you!/The You Person!/You!/Here's to the sweet you, /The messy and the neat you, /The funny-way-you-eat you-. The total and complete you." The effervescent, entertaining cartoons, done in oils, perfectly complement the narrative. Together, the words and pictures create a powerful package that conveys a sense of appreciation for all living things.” - School Library Journal
From Heyday, a Native Californian press, Discovering Nature’s Alphabet brings our magical ecosystems to life in a journey of discovery. ABCs—found letters—appear in leaves, curving seedpods, bright yellow banana slugs, and rocky trails. It’s the perfect teaching tool for a budding naturalist. - Bookshop Kids Staff
Let's be honest: many kids will respond to the idea of bird-watching with a sardonic "You gotta be kidding." And these are the very kids who stand to be pleasantly surprised by Cate's humorous, informative invitation to the hobby and her low-pressure, common-sense approach. She begins with a bit of excellent advice: leave the electronic devices at home, grab some snacks, sunscreen, and a sketchpad (perhaps later the more ambitious addition of a field guide and binoculars), and start to look, really look. - Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks
I mean, everyone knows The Lorax: "Unless someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not." - Bookshop Kids Staff