Earth Day reading list

Your Earth Day reading list from CLP is here

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To celebrate Earth Day, the Reader’s Advisor team at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) has created a list of book titles celebrating the planet and exploring how we interact with it. On this Earth Day reading list, you’ll find nonfiction titles that teach about life on Earth and the ways plants and animals experience this world. You’ll also find fiction titles exploring possible futures for the planet that could happen due to climate change.

The folks at CLP hope these books will inspire and inform Pittsburgh-region families to create a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet all year long.


Title: How to Say Hello to a Worm

Author: Kari Percival

Summary: A simple picture book guide to gardening that encourages young readers to interact with nature at their own pace. You can also check out this title as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Title: In Our Garden

Author: Pat Zietlow Miller

Summary: Students create a vegetable garden on their school’s rooftop in this story of a girl trying to make her new town feel like home. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Title: The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics

Author: Susan Hood

Summary: An illustrated collection of nonfiction poems that highlights the environmental threats posed by plastics and the children who are fighting for change in order to save our planet.

Title: Our Planet!: There’s No Place Like Earth

Author: Stacy McAnulty

Summary: A humorous nonfiction picture book about Earth, told by the planet itself, and how people can take care of it. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.

Title: Paradise on Fire

Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Summary: Bronx middle-schooler Addy, who struggles with a family tragedy by drawing maps and studying mazes, joins other city youngsters on a wilderness adventure in California that turns deadly when wildfires erupt in this coming-of-age tale of survival. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.

Looking for more reading lists? Check out Common Sense Media’s list of books about extraordinary women