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The best Earth Day books for kids

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Cover for the kids' book "Why Should I Bother About the Planet?"

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Today is Earth Day, and there are all sorts of ways to celebrate the occasion, from planting trees to recycling electronics. In addition, public libraries around southern California are holding events to raise awareness about the environment. 

While you're at the library you might be looking for a little bit of Earth Day reading for your kids, something besides "The Lorax," perhaps? Our favorite children's librarian Mara Alpert is here to share some great green selections. 

Mara's Recommendations: 


Emeraldalicious by Victoria Kann
(K-Grade 2)  The girliest girl of them all, Pinkalicious, discovers all is not beautiful in her local park and uses her special magic wand to make a change.

The World is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley
(All ages)  Brand new and utterly beautiful celebration of our planet, illustrated with amazing photographs showing children and grown-ups exploring the wonders of our world.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr
(PreK-Grade 1) Super simple, super colorful, super Parr-fect book to share with young children about simple ways we can show how we love our planet.

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon Illustrated by Marla Frazee
(K-Grade 3) Another terrific book to use with young children, celebrating all the things that make our world a special place.


Why Should I Bother About the Planet? by Susan Meredith, Illustrated by Sara Rojo
(Grades 2-5)  Asks the big questions, and provides good answers.

101 Ways You can Help Save the Planet Before You’re 12! by Joanne O’Sullivan
(Grades 3-6)  Offers kids and grownups easy and practical ideas for things everyone can do to help save the planet. #9: Make It Last – learn how to make things like crayons, shampoo, and even sneakers last longer.

The Smash! Smash! Truck by Professor (Aiden) Potts
(Grades 2-6)  Professor Potts starts off the story of recycling with the Big Bang and the birth of our universe, and brings it all the way to a glass bottle being collected, smashed, remade, and reused.