Ecology Action Recommended Kids Books

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! 


Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet Cover Image
By Julie Dunlap (Editor), Susan A. Cohen (Editor)
ISBN: 9781595347800
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Published: Trinity University Press - October 11th, 2016

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.

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Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811867795
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - August 1st, 2009

“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.

Meadowlands Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374349134
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 1st, 2011

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Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines Cover Image
By Paul Fleischman, Various (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763675455
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 23rd, 2014

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.

— Noreen

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Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson Cover Image
By Amy Ehrlich, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152063245
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Published: Voyager Paperbacks - April 1st, 2008

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

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And Here's to You! Cover Image
By David Elliott, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763641269
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 1st, 2009

“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

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Discovering Nature's Alphabet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597140218
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Published: Heyday Books - May 1st, 2006

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

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By Paul Fleischman, Judy Pedersen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064472074
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Published: HarperTeen - December 14th, 2004

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By Jason Chin, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250062697
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Published: Square Fish - May 26th, 2015

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Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard (Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763645618
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 12th, 2013

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

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The Lorax (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394823379
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1971

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


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