A Greener Bookshelf – Earth Day

By Kat La Mantia | April 6 2023 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllBlog

International Earth Day is celebrated on April 22! This year, cities are marking the day with car-free days and free public transport passes, businesses are making an effort towards sustainability, and neighborhoods are hosting community cleanups and tree plantings. Earth Day is a time to re-focus on the ways we can make our daily lives more planet-friendly by being responsible about our consumption and waste, and to shine a brighter light on the problems facing our only planetary home like climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction.

Earth Day isn’t just for tree huggers anymore. The threats against Mother Earth are threats against us all. Climate change is one of the top crises facing our generation and the next, and there’s no one it won’t touch.

Sometimes it can feel like these problems are too big to face or already too far advanced to fix. In some ways, it’s true; global problems require global solutions. The biggest polluters are corporations, and their biggest enablers are governments. Sorting your recycling doesn’t seem so important in the face of industrial chemical spills and expanded oil drilling.

But another truth is this: there is power in numbers. Small changes and growing awareness of the issues really can move the needle. We can’t allow ourselves to slip from despair into complacency into apathy. Instead, Earth Day asks us to dive in head first–to do what we can for our local environments and to leverage that work into advocating for our precious global ecosystem.

Grow a native plant garden. Eat meals that flow with the rhythm of the seasons. Explore methods of making your home life more sustainable, and introduce your little ones to the wonders of the natural world. When we all pitch in, we all benefit. Celebrate this Earth Day your way, and show our beautiful blue marble a little love.


Earth Day 2023 – Home, Garden, Gift, Advocacy

Earth Day 2023 – Children’s

Earth Day 2023 – Craft and Creativity


365 Ways to Save the Planet
A Day-by-day Guide to Sustainable Living
A 365-day guide to step-by-step sustainability, bursting with actionable ideas and measurable goals across the year
$18.99 US
Apr 04, 2023
5-13/16 x 7-9/16
192 Pages

The Climate Book
The Facts and the Solutions
We still have time to change the world. From Greta Thunberg, the world's leading climate activist, comes the essential handbook for making it happen.
$30.00 US
Feb 14, 2023
6-1/8 x 9-1/8
464 Pages
Penguin Press

Welcome to the Museum
This stunning new offering from the Welcome to the Museum series guides readers around the world's oceans, from sandy shorelines to the darkest depths.This stunning new offering from the Welcome to the Museum series guides readers around the world's oceans, from sandy shorelines to the darkest depths. Learn about the ocean’s most fascinating animals, including giant whale sharks, tiny tropical fish, and majestic manatees, among many others. With expert text by marine biologist Loveday Trinick and stunning illustrations by Teagan White, travel the world from frozen Arctic seas to shimmering coral reefs, and learn why it is so important that we protect our oceans.
$37.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
10-11/16 x 14-9/16
112 Pages
Big Picture Press
Age 8-12 years

Maisy's Recycling Truck
Get your empty bottles and cans ready—Maisy’s here to recycle them! A shaped-board-book adventure to please every truck-loving fan. It’s trash day today, and here come Maisy and Tallulah in a big, noisy recycling truck. Quick, Charley, they’re only one house away! Whoosh—his bin goes up into the truck. Next it’s Cyril’s bottles and cans, making a clink-clank-clunk noise. Eddie’s old cardboard gets squished, and Dotty adds her yogurt and juice containers to the mix. Everyone’s on board to send their old things to a factory to be made into new things. Recycling can be fun!
$7.99 US
Apr 11, 2023
6-7/8 x 5-5/16
Board Book
18 Pages
Age 0-3 years

Our Kindred Home
Herbal Recipes, Plant Wisdom, and Seasonal Rituals for Rekindling Connection with the Earth
Learn to reconnect with plants and nature for collective healing in a world beset by environmental crisis with this herbalism and eco-activist handbook.
$25.00 US
Mar 14, 2023
6 x 8
320 Pages
Rodale Books

Resilient Garden
Sustainable Gardening for a Changing Climate
Create climate-resilient gardens that will take your outdoor space into the future, using this ground-breaking new approach to landscape design
$40.00 US
Apr 04, 2023
7 x 10-7/16
256 Pages

The Planet We Call Home
A lyrical and loving ode to Planet Earth and the ways in which its many features are interconnected--to each other and to us--told in the cumulative style of "This Is the House that Jack Built."
$18.99 US
Mar 21, 2023
10 x 8-1/2
32 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 4-8 years

One World: 24 Hours on Planet Earth
Take a magical ride around the globe to see the wonders of a single moment in a story illuminating our precious and fragile natural world. Our planet is always turning. It may be midnight in London, but in different time zones other living things are waking up, ready to hunt or feed or fight. As the clock strikes twelve, two sisters are spirited away on a journey to glimpse, in the span of a moment, extraordinary biodiversity: a mother polar bear and her cubs hunting seals in Svalbard, tiny turtles in India following the moon toward the sea, and enormous whale sharks gulping plankton in the Philippines. Quietly profound, this glowing tribute to the natural world—and reminder of its fragility—blends accessible science, lyricism, sweeping artwork, and a call for climate awareness into an ideal companion book for Earth Day, or any wondrous day on Earth.
$18.99 US
Mar 14, 2023
9-3/4 x 11-5/16
40 Pages
Age 6-9 years

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Practical Ways to Make a Real Difference
The ultimate guide to minimizing your impact on the environment, with hundreds of practical ways to help combat the climate crisis.
$14.95 US
Jul 12, 2022
5-1/2 x 6-7/10
128 Pages
Watkins Publishing

Don't Be Trashy
A Practical Guide to Living with Less Waste and More Joy: A Minimalism Book
Learn how to dramatically reduce the waste you produce—and your stress levels—one sanity-saving step at a time in this accessible, practical guide from the creator of The Zero Waste Collective. 
$16.00 US
Jan 18, 2022
6 x 8
256 Pages
Rodale Books

Can I Recycle This?
A Kid's Guide to Better Recycling and How to Reduce Single-Use Plastics
You probably know that you're supposed to recycle—but you may not know how or why. This adaptation of the successful adult book, written by a lawyer and sustainability expert, will answer all your recycling questions.
$18.99 US
Mar 14, 2023
8 x 9
40 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Peace, Love, Action!
Everyday Acts of Goodness from A to Z
An invitation to young readers to roll up their sleeves, get inspired, and take action to build a sustainable, just, and loving world.
$19.95 US
Mar 07, 2023
6-1/4 x 8-3/4
120 Pages
Parallax Press
Age 8-12 years

Can I Recycle This?
A Guide to Better Recycling and How to Reduce Single-Use Plastics
“If you’ve ever been perplexed by the byzantine rules of recycling, you’re not alone…you’ll want to read Can I Recycle This?... An extensive look at what you can and cannot chuck into your blue bin.” —The Washington PostThe book that answers the age-old question: Can I Recycle This?
$26.00 US
Apr 13, 2021
5-1/2 x 8
272 Pages
Penguin Books

Simply Sustainable
Moving Toward Plastic-Free, Low-Waste Living
Break your plastic habit with simple, actionable steps and jumpstart your journey toward a minimal, beautiful, low-waste home.
$24.99 US
Mar 30, 2021
7 x 10
224 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Last Plastic Straw
A Plastic Problem and Finding Ways to Fix It
Learn how and why a useful, 5000-year-old invention has become a threat to our planet--and what you can do about it--in this history of the simple straw.
$18.99 US
Feb 21, 2023
8-1/2 x 11
40 Pages
Holiday House
Age 6-9 years

Taking on the Plastics Crisis
"Taking on the Plastics Crisis delivers straightforward advise for getting involved in the global movement to eliminate single-use plastics." -- Booklist, Starred Review"Brief yet inspirational, this story will galvanize youth to use their voices for change."--Kirkus Reviews"Taking on the Plastics Crisis is a sobering and inspiring read by a brilliant young change maker. Now is the time for all of us to come together to solve the plastic pollution crisis."--Ed Begley Jr. (actor and environmental activist)In this personal, moving essay, youth activist Hannah Testa shares with readers how she led a grassroots political campaign to successfully pass state legislation limiting single-use plastics and how she influenced global businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. Through her personal journey, readers can learn how they, too, can follow in Hannah's footsteps and lower their carbon footprint by simply refusing single-use plastics.
$8.99 US
Oct 13, 2020
4-3/8 x 6-1/4
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 12 and up

How to Unf*ck the Planet a Little Bit Each Day
In this climate crisis, it's easy to feel helpless. This book offers practical choices and changes we can make to start unf*cking the climate.
$16.95 US
Feb 02, 2021
6-2/3 x 8-1/4
108 Pages
Smith Street Books

F**k Plastic
101 Ways to Free Yourself from Plastic and Save the World
This adorably illustrated, empowering little book with a big message shares 101 practical, proactive, and, above all, simple tips on how to cut single-use plastic from your life.
$12.99 US
Apr 02, 2019
5 x 7
128 Pages
Rodale Books