5 books to teach kids about the environment

5 books to teach kids about the environment

Jan 12, 2023Jonathan Englert

We are pleased to see there are more and more discussions being had about the environment, and the urgency for change. At Good & Fugly, we are motivated by the difference, we believe, we can all make by reducing food waste. Although there is a long way to go, we are heartened to see more and more businesses, change-makers, communities and individuals talking about what we can do and taking steps towards change. 

However, the discussions at times can be overwhelming and particularly for children. But we truly believe that change comes from feeling empowered, not scared. Young people are curious and may want to explore the topic of the environment more. A great way to discuss and learn about the environment can be through books! There are many out there can be used as a teaching tool and starting to new topics and conversations. There are many to choose from but are some we have enjoyed,

What a waste - this great book by Jess French explores the concept of recycling, covering the good, the bad and the creative. A great way to discuss the life-cycle of a product/material, litter and renewable energy.

Your planet needs you - Phillip Bunting has created a positive and fun book to empower young people to reduce waste. On top of clearly explaining waste reduction, it's also full of practical tips.

Charlie and Lola look after your planet - Lauren Child's much-loved characters Charlie and Lola are doing a clear out and trying to figure out what to do with the items they don't want. Children will enjoy seeing their favourite characters explore an important topic.

Lenny and the ants - Lenny the roo is going on a journey to learn about food - and learns some things along the way. We love this one as it focuses on food and is distributed by our friends at OzHarvest,

The Lorax - The Lorax is the original eco warrior and his message still rings loud today in this fable about the dangers of destroying our forests, told in the trademark rhyme of the irrepressible Dr. Seuss.

Books are a fantastic way to start a conversation. You can also engage children in the kitchen. When your Good & Fugly fruit and vegetable box arrives, have them help you unpack. Check out the contents, talk about what's in there and which look fugly and why! Another great way to include children is through cooking. Check out some of our suggestions of how to do that.

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