Topic Books about Protecting and Caring for the Planet EYFS & KS1

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 and discover the many friends he meets along the way. This beautiful story has a powerful message of conservation and is full of things for adults and children to talk about. 

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Planet Awesome

by Stacy McAnulty

'Hi, I'm Earth! But you can call me Planet Awesome.' In this hilarious and informative book filled to the brim with eye-opening, kid-friendly facts about our planet. It'll have children questioning, 'why aren't we looking after Earth more?'


My Green Day by Melanie Walsh

Discover ten easy ways in which every child can make their day greener for the environment. With a helpful explanation to back up every activity, this is the perfect picture book for teaching young children the importance of looking after the world around them.

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Duffy's Lucky Escape

by Eleanor Jackson 

This beautifully illustrated story guides young children through Duffy's adventure and her encounter with plastics in the sea after a storm. It teaches children the importance of looking after our environment and how they can help in a fun and friendly way.


Look After Your Planet 

by Lauren Child

With a bit of help from Charlie, Lola learns all about recycling and how it is extremely very important to look after our planet. Soon she has found an extra-specially fun way to do more recycling - and gets lots of her classmates to join in too!


The Trouble with Dragons

by Debi Gliori

What are we to do with those beastly dragons who pollute the oceans, chop down the trees, gobble up all the food and use everything up without stopping to think!? A book that addresses concerns about the environment in a child-centric and accessible way.

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Greta and the Giants 

by Zoë Tucker

Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea…


Bee and Me by Alison Jay

This beautiful wordless picture book traces the growing friendship between girl and bee and introduces small children to the ecology of the natural world. Highlighting the plight of the disappearing bumble bee, it shows how some simple actions can help restore beauty and balance in our environment.


The Last Wolf by Mini Grey

Once upon a time, Little Red set off into the woods to catch a wolf... But the woods aren't all they seem - are there any wolves left? Can Little Red help her new friends in need and recover the wild days of the past? This powerful, moving and funny picture book will have children discussing the important message it holds.

Dear Greenpeace by Simon James

Worried that the whale living in her pond is unhappy, Emily writes to Greenpeace, who, though offering the best of advice, insist that it is impossible for a whale to live in a pond. Undeterred, Emily continues to seek the best course of action for her beloved whale, finally setting him free.

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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.


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 book provides all the answers for children looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

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Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel

A small town somewhere near you is in desperate need of help, from drowning in litter! Join Michael Recycle, the green-caped crusader, as he rescues the town and proves to the lazy layabouts that recycling can actually be quite good fun! A new kind of superhero in a new kind of world.

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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.


How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear 

by Jess French 

From beetles and butterflies, to puffins and polar bears, animals and habitats all over the world need our protection. In this beautifully illustrated book, children can learn about simple everyday ways to protect them.


The Earth Book

by Todd Parr

This book explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. This sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire children to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.

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The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches

Peek into this diary of a plastic bottle as it goes on a journey from the refinery plant, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into it's new a fleece jacket! 

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One World by Michael Foreman

A brother and sister spend their day playing on the beach. They create their own tiny world in a bucket and, with its wildlife, shells, oil and even a tin can, it is a snapshot of reality. With a series of stunning pictures, there is a clear, gentle message about pollution within the environment.

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Welcome by Barroux 

When Polar Bear and his friends are swept away from their icy home, they hope to find refuge in a new land. But when they are turned away from one place after another, they start to doubt that they will ever find somewhere to call home. A great opportunity to discuss the plight of migrants and refugees, as well as global warming. 


Tidy by Emily Gravett

Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways? A fantastic story that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. 


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? Strong, colourful illustrations combine to make this a book with a difference.


A Forest 

by Marc Martin

When a forest is cut down, the consequences are more than anyone could have anticipated. A very simple story to provoke heartfelt discussions with children on the effects of deforestation.


Where's the Elephant? 

by Barroux

A visionary picture book which pairs a beautiful wordless story with a powerful message. What starts as a game of jungle hide-and-seek turns into something more significant as the beautiful illustrations convey the consequences of deforestation upon the animal kingdom.


The Tin Forest by Helen Ward

There was once a wide, windswept place, near nowhere and close to forgotten that was filled with all the things that no one wanted. So begins the tale of the Tin Forest where an old man lives who tidies the rubbish and dreams of a better place. With faith, ingenuity and hard work, he transforms a junkyard into a wonderland.


Flotsam by David Wiesner

A boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine 'flotsam' -anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share


Stories for a Fragile Planet

by Kenneth Steven

The myths, traditional tales, and real-life stories in this beautifully illustrated book speak to the heart and mind of everyone who is concerned about our fragile planet.


The Great Paper Caper

by Oliver Jeffers

When trees mysteriously lose their branches, when whole tree trunks start to disappear, the only course of action for the forest dwellers is to begin a full scale investigation. Alibis must be proved, clues must be sought but even so, blame is never far from anyone's thoughts. Who is the perpetrator of this heinous crime?

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Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish 

by Michael Foreman

Dinosaurs have taken over the Earth! They're stomping and stamping all over the place. A fable for our time, and as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1972.


Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Robots

Everybody has a taste for Stanley, but he is no ordinary jellyfish. Most jellyfish have dangly-gangly tentacles, but Stanley has two handles. Other jellyfish have a magical glow, but Stanley has stripes. A powerful message about plastic pollution from environmental expert Sarah Roberts.