20 Best Books about Recycling for Children

Books about Recycling

Why Should I Recycle? (Why Should I? Books) by Jen Green and Mike Gordo

Children learn that sorting recycling and giving new life to old things is not only good for the environment.  It is a whole lot of fun, too!

The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) by Alison Inches and Pete Whitehead

Learn about recycling from a new perspective!  Peek into this diary of a plastic bottle as it goes on a journey from the refinery plant, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into it’s new life…as a fleece jacket!

Told from the point of view of a free-spirited plastic bottle, kids can share in the daily experiences and inner thoughts of the bottle through his personal journal. The diary entries will be fun and humorous yet point out the ecological significance behind each product and the resources used to make it. Readers will never look at a plastic bottle the same way again!

Earth Ninja: A Children’s Book About Recycling, Reducing, and Reusing by Mary Nhin

Earth Ninja shows his friend how one little ninja can make a difference in the world by practicing 3 simple life habits.

Find out what happens in this fun book about the impact we each have on the earth. 

Life is hard! And it’s even harder for children who are just trying to figure things out.

The new children’s book series, Ninja Life Hacks, was developed to help children learn valuable life skills. Fun, pint-size characters in comedic books easy enough for young readers, yet witty enough for adults.

The Ninja Life Hacks book series is geared to kids 3-11. Perfect for boys, girls, young readers, primary school students, or toddlers. Excellent resource for counselors, parents, and teachers alike. 

Recycling Is Fun (My Little Planet) by Charles Ghigna and Agnieszka Malgorzata Jatkowska

What if everybody threw away old bottles and newspapers, littering the world with glass and plastic and tin cans that should be recycled and made into new products? Mr. Jones is a teacher who sets a good example for kids by separating his trash for recycling. When he takes them on a class trip to a recycling plant they learn the value of recycling. Part of every child’s development involves asking questions. Today, some of the most important questions kids ask are related to the natural environment. The enlightening and entertaining four-book Why Should I? series demonstrates the importance of protecting nature. Books present brief, entertaining stories that answer children’s questions and feature amusing color illustrations on every page. A note at the back of each book is for parents and teachers, suggesting ways to use these books most effectively.

The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) by Alison Inches and Mark Chambers

Peek into this diary of an aluminum can as it goes on a journey from inside a bauxite rock, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a display on a bookshelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into its new life…as a baseball bat!

This 8×8 paperback storybook is told from the point of view of an enthusiastic aluminum can. The diary entries are fun and humorous, yet point out the ecological significance behind each product and the resources used to make it..

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Save the Ocean: Save the Earth, Book 1 by Bethany Stahl and Robert Stahl

Brought to you from the author who received a Certificate of Recognition from Dr. Jane Goodall!

From exciting and adventurous to educational and captivating, Bethany Stahl’s immersive stories express heartfelt messages while engaging parents and children.

With a lovable sea turtle named Agwe, this is an audiobook adults will love listening to over and over again with their kids. Save the Ocean has a heartwarming lesson of recycling and conservation that will stay with the listener for a lifetime.

Book Extras!

  • Discover hidden elements in a Search and Find game!
  • Learn astonishing ocean facts!
  • Hear an exclusive the real-life adventures of the author and her efforts to Save the Ocean!
  • Help Kaleisha, the mermaid, see the differences between plastic bags and jellyfish!

You won’t want to miss inspiring your precious little one with this brilliant ocean tale!

This is the first book in the Save the Earth series

All About Weather: A First Weather Book for Kids by Huda Harajli MA

Take kids ages 3 to 5 on an exciting and educational weather adventure!

Welcome to the wonderful world of weather! From the warm, balmy days of summer to the cold, crisp nights of winter, kids will learn all about the four seasons, as well as how clouds form, why it rains, what causes a rainbow, and so much more. Read along and wow your child with the meteorological magic that’s happening around them every day.

Go beyond other weather books for kids with:

  • A whirlwind of info―Help toddlers and preschoolers understand how weather works through simple explanations.
  • Sunny illustrations―Colorful and adorable images help kids better understand and engage with what they’re learning.
  • A rain of fun facts―Keep older readers interested with neat info, like the fact that wind can be used to create electricity.

 

If you’re looking for weather books for kids, this illustrated guide provides your tot with an extraordinary weather adventure!

The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (What Do You Know About? Books) by Nuria Roca and RosaM. Curto

Attractive color illustrations and easy-to-follow text combine to present factual information that younger boys and girls will readily absorb and understand. The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle is one in a series of four entertaining What Do You Know About? books, for very young children. It describes the ways in which kids and their families can avoid waste and be environmentally conscious. Four pages presenting activities for children appear at the back of the book, followed by a two-page section for parents, with tips on explaining the subject in more detail.

I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books) by Alison Inches and Viviana Garofoli

A new “green” series!: Little Green Books will educate children on what they can do to be more eco-friendly. The books in this line will be made from recycled materials, and the storylines will cover subjects such as improving the environment, learning about endangered animals, recycling, and much more.

Meet Max the Little Monster. He is a cute, furry green monster who is an environmental nightmare. Among other things, he leaves on all the lights, keeps his computer plugged in, blasts the TV, hoards his old toys and uses so much toilet paper it clogs the toilet until finally, his excessive ways cause a power outage. With no TV to watch, computer to play on, video games to play with, Max finds there is a whole big world outside that he can make a difference in the environment.

Kids can follow Max the Little Green Monster’s journey to environmental awareness and learn tips on how they can become little green monsters themselves. A kid-friendly glossary of terms is included in the back of the book.

This 8×8 paperback is perfect bound and will be printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with soy-ink. The paper is FSC certified.

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals and Ashley Wolff

From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile!
 
Kids everywhere are knowledgeable about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet..

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What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French

Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there is a floating mass of trash larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean?

It is not all bad news though. While this is a knowledge book that explains where we are going wrong, What a Waste also shows what we are getting right! Discover plans to save our seas. How countries are implementing green projects worldwide, and how to turn waste into something useful. The tiniest everyday changes can make all the difference to ensure our beautiful planet stays lush and teeming with life.

It is a lively kid’s educational book with fabulous illustrations and fun facts about the world broken into easy to digest bite-sized bits. Each page can be looked at in short bursts or longer reads for more detail, making it a great children’s book for a range of age groups.

101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg, Chloe Cannon

Minimalism meets DIY in an accessible guide to household waste reduction.  

We all know how important it is to reduce our environmental footprint, but it can be daunting to know where to begin. Enter Kathryn Kellogg, who can fit all her trash from the past two years into a 16-ounce mason jar. How? She starts by saying “no” to straws and grocery bags, and “yes” to a reusable water bottle and compostable dish scrubbers.  

In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares these tips and more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home; advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion, and the office; and even secrets for how to go waste free at the airport. “It’s not about perfection,” she says. “It’s about making better choices.”  

This is a practical, friendly blueprint of realistic lifestyle changes for anyone who wants to reduce their waste.

Trash Magic: A Book about Recycling a Plastic Bottle (Earth Matters) by Angie Lepetit

How does your empty juice bottle become new plastic? Learn about the plastic loop and how recycling saves Earth’s resources.

Don't Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing (Little Green Books) by Lara Bergen and Betsy Snyder

You can keep that trash and reuse it in all kinds of wonderful ways!
Do you see that old jar?
Don’t throw that away!
You can turn it into…a new vase!


Follow an eco-conscious super hero as he teaches kids how to recycle and reuse common household items! The six large flaps throughout show that oridinary trash is really a treasure. From turning old clothes into fun costumes or an old box into a brand new car, kids will learn that saving the environment is super cool!

Buster the Little Garbage Truck by Marcia Berneger and Kevin Zimmer

Buster is a sweet little garbage truck. He can’t wait to grow up to be a big truck, just like his father. Buster practices driving and lifting and beeping with his friend, Kitty. There’s one small problem. Loud noises frighten Buster. When his father takes him to the truck yard to meet the other vehicles, their air-horn blasts and roaring engines send Buster skidding away to hide. He wants to be big and brave, but how can he work with Daddy and his friends when their loud sounds scare him? Buster feels terrible. When Kitty gets into trouble, little Buster musters up his courage to save her.

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