Topic Books about Sustainability, the 6R's, Global Warming, Pollution and the Environment for Children in KS2

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Our world can be a bewildering place. So let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind. Here We Are is the utterly heartfelt new book from Oliver Jeffers.

Greta's Story

by Valentina Camerini  

Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg decides she can’t wait any longer: politicians have to do something to save the environment. This is her story, but also that of many other girls and boys around the world willing to fight against the indifference of the powerful for a better future.


All the Wild Wonders

by Wendy Cooling

In this celebration of our Earth, this collection of poems will make children look, think, and ask questions. Why are trees so important? How are motorways damaging our countryside? What can we do about rubbish? Strong, colourful illustrations combine to make this a gift book with a difference.

World Without Fish

by Mark Kurlansky 

Can you imagine a world without fish? If we keep doing things the way we are, fish could become extinct within fifty years! World Without Fish is the uniquely illustrated narrative nonfiction account of what is happening to the world's oceans and what they can do about it. 


What a Waste

by Jess French

Everything you need to know about what we're doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling. This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. 

Guardians of the Planet 

by Simon James

This environmentally positive book contains everything children need to become guardians of the planet. Kids can learn how to become keepers of the coasts, friends of the forests, home heroes and much more through a mix of compelling facts, creative activities and proactive tips.


One Plastic Bag

by Miranda Paul

The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community. An excellent resource for discussing environmental issues, the power of one individual, or life in Africa.

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The Journey Home 

by Frann Preston-Gannon

The ice is melting so Polar Bear sets off in search of a new home. Join him on his adventures across the seas and discover the many friends he meets along the way. This beautifully illustrated story has a powerful message of conservation and is full of things for adults and children to talk about. 

The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky

Through exquisite illustrations, maps and infographics, explore how our planet works, from its ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there to the importance of biodiversity, weather cycles and more. Includes information on the dangers of climate change and ideas for how to protect Planet Earth.


Caring for the Environment (I'm a Global Citizen) 

by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw 

How can you be a good global citizen? By understanding the world we live in and how we can effect change. This book explores the issues around the environment from climate change to biodiversity and pollution.


Compost Stew

by Mary McKenna Siddals 

Not only is composting becoming more common, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What can you include? This inviting book provides all the answers for children looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

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101 Small Ways to Change the World by Lonely Planet Kids

It’s hard to believe that you could change the world, but it’s true! We’ll show you loads of ways to help out family, friends, yourself and the planet – and show how you’re never too young to make a big difference. Includes random acts of kindness, craft projects, energy-saving ideas and more.


Earth Heroes by Lily Dyu

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.


Endangered Places

by Anita Ganeri

Our world is full of incredible places, but some of them might not be around for much longer. This book takes an in-depth look at some of the most endangered places on Earth. Explore the impact pollution, global warming, habitat loss and deforestation are having on our planet. 


A Planet Full of Plastic

by Neal Layton

Our world is drowning in plastic, and it's a big problem. Explore where plastic comes from, why it doesn't biodegrade, and why that's dangerous for animals and humans alike. But he's also FULL of ideas for how you can help! Ideal for lower KS2.


Saving Species

by Jess French

From the endangered animals we all know and love, like tigers, polar bears and orangutans, to the less familiar pangolin, kakapo and vaquita, see these amazing creatures up close in their natural habitats and find out about the efforts to save them.

The Last Tree by Mick Manning

A small boy longs to play in the grass, but he lives in a city without any grass or trees. So one day, when he finds a small sapling growing amongst the concrete, he knows he must do everything he can to help it grow. A poignant book with a powerful environmental message about the importance of conserving the natural world. For LKS2.

Lost Species

by Jess French

With beautiful and vibrant illustrations throughout, this stunning large format compendium is a reminder of the remarkable animals we have lost, as well as a celebration of those that have returned from the brink of extinction.

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