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Books to Help Teach Children about the Environment

Updated on March 3, 2016
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Most Children Cannot Imagine How Massive a Landfill Can Be

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How do You Explain Pollution to Children?

One of the topics that may be difficult to explain to your children is how the world around us can be damaged when we do not take care of the environment. Children's books about pollution can help them comprehend how the fumes from cars can turn our air into an orange-brown haze. They can also help explain the connection between when they throw trash in the gutter and later see similar trash in the nearest river, lake or ocean. A well-written children's book can go a long way to explain these complicated issues.

Children rarely understand how the trash we cannot recycle ends up in landfills that take up thousands of acres of land. They also find it difficult to recognize how waste that is improperly handled can pollute water or create other environmental problems.

Passing on this information can seem boring to children if it is taught in a dull, academic way. One way to help teach our children these lessons is through the use of interesting fiction and non-fiction books.

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Environmental Novel: "The Mayor and the Garbage: The Teen Who Saved His Town" - A Novel to inspire Teens

Here is a thoughtful novel for 9 to 12 year old children who are interested in reading an exciting story about the health risks that can be caused when garbage is mishandled. When the novel "The Mayor and the Garbage" was written for teens and pre-teens, the goal was to teach children about the potential dangers of pollution, especially when it occurs in our own neighborhoods and has a negative effect on people we care about. My children loved the book.

It is available in both paperback and Kindle versions.


"The Mayor and the Garbage" for Teens and Pre-Teens

The Mayor and the Garbage: The Teen Who Saved His Town
The Mayor and the Garbage: The Teen Who Saved His Town

When local teenagers discover that the fish in their stream have mysteriously died, they set about discovering the cause. Are the farmers in the area polluting the stream, or could the problem be the nearby landfill? When a young teenager decides to try to find out what is going on, he learns that only a mayor can attend the local conference on this and other city issues, he decides to run for mayor. This book will help kids understand that they can make a difference!

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Fiction or Non-Fiction Books on Environmental Issues?

Should you buy your children fiction or non-fiction books about the environment? Both have their place.

When children are only beginning to become interested in pollution, then reading books to them or giving them novels that they can read for themselves is an easy way to introduce the topic to them.

On the other hand, some elementary age children are very curious and ask a lot of questions. In those situations, finding an age-appropriate non-fiction book may be a good way to answer their questions and satisfy their curiosity.

Your Kids May Also Want to Read about How to Protect their Community from Trash and Other Forms ofPollution

One aspect of the environment that may particularly interest children is pollution. Here are some books that may help them understand it better. These popular books will help your kids have a better understanding of how we cause pollution, and what they and their families can do to prevent it.

Turn your children into little environmentalists with these wonderful books that they will love!

"The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle"

The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (What Do You Know About? Books)
The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (What Do You Know About? Books)

Your children will hear these words used over and over again. Help them understand what they mean. This is a great way to help your children learn how they actually do something about pollution and the ways they can help the environment.

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Do you have a favorite children's book on environmental issues?

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Kids will love these books and, at the same time, they will be learning about pollution, the environment, saving water and similar important issues.

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      Eric678 3 years ago

      It is quite different topic..well-written..

      Good work pal.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @LornsA178: Thank you! I think parents need to put some time into helping their children develop strong math skills. If I remember right, you home school your children. I hope you find these books helpful.

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      Great topic to discuss with, the books would be very helpful. Thanks!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks, Janis! I do think it is important to teach children about the environment!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I think this provides a fun way for kids to learn how important the environment is. Great idea!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Jo-Jackson: Thank you! I believe it is important for parents to teach their children about the environment. Having the right books on hand make that easier.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I think books are a great way to teach children to respect the environment.