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Stories for the future

Nowadays, climate change is a popular topic of discussion. However, it is not a very light topic, and talking about it to young children can be hard. However, today there are many different ways that children can learn about climate change.

Many states’ educational systems have applied climate change education guidelines to their schools. Moreover, kids are also learning about the climate from TV shows and their friends. However, the biggest source of their education is from books. Below is a list of books with this message in mind.

The Lorax - Dr. Seuss

A classic story most have heard about, the Lorax, published in 1971, explains the importance of protecting the environment to young children.

Fatima’s Great Outdoors - Ambreen Tariq

This story gives the reader a sense of relevance because it shows the story of an immigrant family's camping trip. The story metaphorically represents an escape to nature after the challenges of feeling left out.

We Are Water Protectors - Carol Lindstorm

A beautiful narration of Indigenous nations working to protect the earth, this story highlights the dangers of oil pipelines harming water sources.

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez - Andrea Baety

A light hearted narrative about a second grader after she discovers a pile of trash, Sofia Valdez strives to make her community a cleaner and better place.

Our House Is On Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet - Jeanette Winter

This picture book reminds the reader that children are important in the process of helping change the world. It follows the life of Greta Thunberg, a famous young climate activist, and how she learned about the climate crisis and took charge.

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter To Our Planet - April Pulley Sayre

This photographic story captures plants, animals, weather, and landscapes in lively color. It shows children the beauty and diversity of the planet, invoking a sense of responsibility to protect it.

The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge - Joanna Cole

In this Magic School Bus Book, Ms. Frizzle and her students ride the magic school bus to learn more about the planet’s situation firsthand.

Under the Weather - Tony Bradman

A book about climate change explored through short stories, Under the Weather shows how climate change affects people everywhere.

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