Celebrate Earth Day!

Leave the Earth Better Than You Found It

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax

We hope you are planning to celebrate Earth Day with your students and readers. One easy way to do that is to discuss everyday ways to go green. Visit our Earth Day Pinterest board to discover books and activities on all things Earth Day!

As the Lorax says, we all have to work together to make sure we protect our Earth from future damage. Check out the below resources for Earth Day activities to share with your students and patrons.

The Lorax

The Lorax By Dr. Seuss

Celebrate Earth Day with Dr. Seuss and the Lorax in this classic picture book about sustainability and protecting the environment!

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
Dr. Seuss’s beloved story teaches kids to treat the planet with kindness and stand up and speak up for others. Experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted in a story that is timely, playful, and hopeful. The book’s final pages teach us that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference. 
Printed on recycled paper, this book is the perfect gift for Earth Day and for any child—or child at heart—who is interested in recycling, advocacy, and the environment, or just loves nature and playing outside.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Carl Hiaasen Books

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. His books for young readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, Chomp, and Skink—No Surrender. These titles all have a distinct focus on animals and the environment. Download activities below to encourage discussions and thought about these topics this Earth Day!

Overview, Young Explorer's Edition

Overview, Young Explorer's Edition By Benjamin Grant with Sandra Markle

Discover Earth as you've never seen it before, in this stunning and unique collection of satellite images that offer an unexpected look at our planet. A perfect gift for young National Geographic fans and atlas enthusiasts!

When astronauts look down at our planet and see its vibrant surface shining against the blackness of space, they experience the Overview Effect--a sense of awe, an awareness that everything is interconnected, and an overwhelming desire to take care of our one and only home.

Overview: Young Explorer's Edition, newly adapted for young readers from the adult book Overview, captures this sense of wonder and shares it with readers without having to leave the ground. Extraordinary aerial photographs reveal Earth's natural beauty and show the surprising, fascinating, and destructive ways humans have impacted our environment. This eye-opening visual journey will forever change the way we see our home planet.

Random House Teachers and Librarians