16 Books about Environment, Pollution and Conservation

Books About Environment

World Environment Day

June 5th is celebrated as #WorldEnvironmentDay. This day is meant to spread messages about how we can protect our environment and do our little bit to get the world to become greener and a better place to live for our future generations!

It’s never too early to teach little ones about nature and the things they can do to protect the environment. Here is a list of books which connect us with the environment and how we can save it from further deterioration! These books gently explain how precious our planet is and what we can all do to make a difference.  These books will help children learn about the environment, pollution, climate change and the importance of looking after the natural world.

The Cat In The Ghat By Ambika Rao


This is a book that takes you deep into the jungles of the Western Ghats. A wildlife photographer sets out to find an elusive wild cat and meets a menagerie of fascinating creatures. Quirky illustrations pepper a funny narrative inspired by a real-life adventure. What better way to invite you to join his quest! The subtle messages hidden through the story about the importance of conservation of wildlife, protecting the Western Ghats and the effects of cutting of trees are trigger points for discussions on the environment when it is read out to children.

Tiger Boy By Mitali Perkins

Tiger Boy

Neel’s parents want him to win a scholarship, and go to the big city to study. But Neel doesn’t want to leave his beloved Sundarbans, with its and then a tiger cub goes missing from the reserve! The evil Gupta wants to sell the cub and sets is people to search for it. Neel and his sister rupa are determined to find the cub and take it to safety before Gupta and his goons find it. Racing against time, and braving the dangers of the dark, will neel succeed in saving the little tiger cub?

Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird

Song of the Dolphin Boy

Finn has always been different, and in the tiny fishing village of Stromhead he sticks out like a sore thumb. Always told to keep away from the water, he’s felt that something was missing until one day he dives in and finds that, swimming with the dolphins, he feels completely at home. But his new friends are in danger of being injured by the rubbish that floats out into the water – and now a supermarket is going to release thousands of balloons that could drift out to sea and cause even more damage. Desperate to help the dolphins, Finn goes to the Lighthouse Crew, a group of kids who have always left Finn out. Will they be able to set aside their differences to save the dolphins? And what will Finn discover about his past along the way? A moving adventure about the impact of plastic pollution on our seas, and the campaigning power of friendship from the award-winning Elizabeth Laird, illustrated by Peter Bailey.

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul  (Author), Elizabeth Zunon  (Illustrator)

One Plastic Bag

Tells the story of a Gambian woman who came up with a way to recycle the plastic bags that had littered the landscape in her nation, an act that saved the environment and transformed her community. Listen to a read aloud here:

Wangari Maathai: the woman who planted millions of trees by Franck Prevot (Author), Aurélia Fronty (Illustrator)

Wangari Mathai

Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. Her organization planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. This beautiful picture book tells the story of an amazing woman and an inspiring idea.

A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry

River ran wild

From the author of the beloved classic The Great Kapok TreeA River Ran Wild tells a story of restoration and renewal. Learn how the modern-day descendants of the Nashua Indians and European settlers were able to combat pollution and restore the beauty of the Nashua River in Massachusetts.

You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey  (Author), Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)

You are stardust

You Are Stardust begins by introducing the idea that every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born. From its opening pages, the book suggests that we are intimately connected to the natural world; it compares the way we learn to speak to the way baby birds learn to sing, and the growth of human bodies to the growth of forests. This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world. Grounded in current science, this extraordinary picture book provides opportunities for children to use their imaginations and wonder about some big ideas. Young readers will want to pore over each page of this book, exploring the detailed artwork and pondering the message of the text, excited to find out just how connected to the Earth they really are.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

The Curious Garden

This modern classic explores the perennial topic of environmentalism in an urban world. One boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time. While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a clever seek-and-find element to this captivating picture book.

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet by Harriet Rohmer  (Author)

Heroes of the environment

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.

The Forests Belong to Us: (If You Cut a Tree You Cut Your Life) (Caring for Nature) by Subhadra Sen Gupta

Forests belong to us

Manjari sat under a tree, lost in her thoughtful world, enjoying the breeze past noon. But something unusual caught her attention a sinister-looking bus was silently lumbering up the slope on the path that steered to the forest. Lately, other strange and worrying things had been happening in her village including auctioning of her favorite oak tree by the Forest Department. Alarmed, Manjari ran towards the village and to alert. What happened next was most unusual. Was Manjari able to save the oak tree? Who were the passengers in the bus? Why was the forest department hell-bent on cutting the trees that kept the village safe from floods? The Forests Belong to Us tells you how women and children by most peaceful means, by hugging the trees, saved the guardians of nature. This small incident planted the seeds of the first people s movement to save trees, called the Chipko Andolan.

Also in this series: The Caring for Nature: River of LifeCaring for Nature: Listen to Nature’s Song (the Save Silent Valley Campaign) and Tagore and the Song of the Crazy Wind (A Story That Celebrates Nature) (Caring for Nature) 

The Promise by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin

The Promise

On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But she finds she can’t have it without promising something in return – to “plant them all”. When it turns out the bag is full of acorns, the young thief embarks on a journey that changes her own life and the lives of others for generations to come. Inspired by the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship, The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. And Laura Carlin’s delicate illustrations capture a young girl’s journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world.

Under the weather – stories about climate change – Tony Bradman

Under the weather

From the effects of rising sea levels to changes in animal behavior and human lifestyles, these powerful stories portray the issues surrounding climate change in personal terms and so bring them vividly to life. Offering warnings and inspiration in equal measure, the stories cover a wide range of localities from Siberia and Canada to Australia, UK, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Whether read from cover to cover or dipped into for one or two stories, this book will enlighten and inspire everyone to consider how climate change will affect us all.

 Hey! Get Off Our Train, by John Burningham

Hey Get Off our train

One night, as a little boy goes to sleep clutching his pajama-case dog, he drifts off into an elaborate, imaginative journey by train. But what’s this? One endangered animal after another–an elephant, a seal, a tiger–tries to join the boy and his dog on their global junket. At first, the boy and his dog are reluctant to let the animals on the train–“Hey! Get off our train!” they shout–but as each critter explains its particular plight, they welcome it on board. Children will learn about the perils facing animals around the world–tusk taking, pollution, marsh draining, deforestation–but they’ll also be happy to see the boy and his dog rescuing the animals one by one. John Burningham has a knack for keeping the mood playful while communicating a strong environmental message.

Hoot By Carl Hiaasen 


Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and here’s the odd part-wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails. Behind it’s lighthearted and often joking facade the book is a window into the rapid destruction of Florida wildlife in order to make room for civilization and pancake houses. This book is just a reminder that as Paper Towns spring up the animals are forced to flee or die.

One World by Michael Foreman

One World

A brother and sister spend their day playing on the beach by a rock pool. They create their own tiny marine world in a bucket and, with its wildlife, shells, oil and even a tin can, it is a microcosm of the larger world outside.  This multi-award-winning Michael Foreman makes clear his underlying concern about pollution within the environment. This is a gorgeously illustrated lesson about pollution and the fragility of our interconnected world.

Ambushed By Nayanika Mahtani


A wildly exciting tale about the battle between man and nature. ‘That’s it,’ thought Tara, with a sinking feeling in her stomach. ‘My end is here.’ She fervently hoped it wouldn’t be as brutal as that of the poor tigers. Gadget geek Tara (aka the Wii Wonder at school) braces herself for the dullest summer ever when her banker-turned-photographer father whisks her off to a sleepy tiger reserve in the Himalayan foothills, where Nothing Ever Happens. She couldn’t have been more wrong. A stroll through the woods sends Tara on an adventure of a lifetime, as she stumbles upon an international gang of poachers. A tigress and her cubs must be saved and Tara’s only accomplice is her mysterious new friend, Satya. But can this unlikely pair save the day? In her debut novel, Nayanika Mahtani tackles the glaring issue of tiger poaching, while spinning a compelling story about man versus nature.

So have you taken the green pledge for our environment? Do read up on how you can help connect your kids to nature!


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