A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals by Millie Marotta

Children who would give every creature a home (if they could) will love this beautifully illustrated, fact-filled guide. Highlighting the plight of endangered species from all corners of the animal kingdom, little ones will learn about rare as well as familiar beasts that need our help. From the dodo’s oldest living relative to the ferocious Komodo dragon, this book is a wonderful way to raise awareness about the spectacular creatures we share the Earth with.

Topsy and Tim: Go Green by Jean and Gareth Adamson

Twintastic Topsy and Tim are upset and worried when they find out about pollution and the amount of rubbish produced, so their mum helps by showing them how they can make a difference by recycling. This book is a wonderful aide to begin to talk to kids about the environment, with this well-loved pair who can help guide children through their first experiences. 

Superfrog and the Big Stink by Michael Foreman

Superfrog is on an urgent mission! When the caped crusader realises that the big city has polluted his favourite pond, he leaps to the rescue. This illustrated tale has a serious message at heart around rubbish and the environment but is delivered with a big dollop of froggy fun that readers will just love.

Peppa Pig: Recycling Fun

Peppa and George help Mummy Pig tidy up and find out where glass, plastic and food waste should be sorted in this fun Peppa Pig tale. This Read It Yourself book is a great way to help teach children that recycling (and tidying up!) should be a part of daily life, while also helping little readers learn to read on their own. Why not follow Mummy and Daddy Pig’s example and take the kids on a trip to the recycling centre, just like Peppa?

George Saves The World By Lunchtime by Jo Readman

Superhero loving George wants a mission and his Grandpa shows him how he can do his bit to save the world by reusing, repairing and shopping locally. They have a busy morning of composting and visiting a recycling centre, a charity shop and a farmers’ market. This tale is a brilliant way to inspire active children and has some great ideas for easy and educational things to do together. 

One World by Michael Foreman

One World is a gentle story by the award-winning Michael Foreman, following a brother and sister as they play by a rock pool on a beach. They take out creatures and plants from the natural pool to create a little world in their bucket. But when they look back and see there is nothing left in the rock pool but a slick of oil, they realise how their actions impact upon everything else. This is a gorgeously illustrated lesson about pollution and the fragility of our interconnected world.

Charlie and Lola: Look After Your Planet by Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola - the much-loved duo from former Children’s Laureate Lauren Child - take on the issue of recycling. This time it’s Lola who is clearing up her bedroom. Big brother Charlie explains that ‘if we don't use things again, in the end, we will just run out of everything’. He’s so persuasive that Lola goes on a mission to inspire the whole class. A great read for little activists, with some ‘green promises’ inside to get them started.

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