Raising environmentally responsible children is not a choice anymore. It is a necessity. Children of today are going to inherit this damaged earth from us although we hope we can rectify that somehow. Needless to say, it is never too early to start them on environmentalism.
Over the last few months, I have shared recommendations for Indian books on the environment through Blogchatter’s #CauseAChatter Environment Talks series. Today, I share with you books for environmentally aware young children. Books that discuss serious issues such as global warming and plastic waste without being all dull and “textbook stuff”. Books that appeal to young minds. And not so young minds.
The Ouch & Moo Book Set
by Trupti Godbole, Govind Mukundan and Poonam Bir Kasturi
Banning plastic bags. Avoiding single-use water bottles. But these have not really helped the menace of plastic waste and its damaging effect on the environment.
The Ouch & Moo Book Set includes two illustrated books – The Yellow Ouch & Moo book for younger children and the Red Ouch & Moo book for older children. With fun games and simple activities (such as trying to decompose a banana peel versus a plastic bag), this is a series that will have kids reaching out again and again. A fun book that guides children on how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic.
by Geeta Dharmarajan
For years, children’s books at Katha Publications have been using the power of storytelling to spark curiosity and compassion. Their Thinkbook Series continues the tradition with an anthology of short stories, folktales, poetry, and quotes.
My Big Book of Earth is a collection of poems, short stories, and fun facts about Mother Earth and our relationship with the environment.
My Big Book of Global Warming explores environmental protection and conservation as well as the effects of global warming.
Don’t miss the other books in the series – My Big Book of Girls, My Big Book of Dogs, and My Big Book of Kindness. Not related to the environment but interesting must-reads nonetheless.India & The Environment: Children's Books for Young Environmentalists #CauseAChatter #EnvironmentalTalks #BookChatter @blogchatter #BohoPonderings Click To Tweet
So You Want to Know About the Environment
by Bijal Vachharajani
Grab a pen or pencil. Don your Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat, and get those grey cells working. So You Want to Know About the Environment is a delightful read that would appeal not just to kids but adults too.
The book explores climate change, food, waste, water, and wildlife in simple terms. Interspersed with some interesting nuggets and activities, this book is a must-read. A book that would get kids to not just explore but analyze the environment too.
by Tulika Publishers
Water is a life source. But who owns the water? How are droughts caused?
Water Stories is a rich collection of stories from mythology and folklore from 11 countries including Ivory Coast, China, India, Greece, Australia, North America, Spain, Nigeria, and Botswana. With some interesting facts and a timeline from the earliest times. What water signifies to different cultures. The need to protect, conserve and value water.
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I hope my recommendations help you pick the right books to help your child become more environmentally aware. Do you have a recommendation for similar books? I would love to check them out. Do share in the comments below.
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