As the conversation on climate change takes center stage for world leaders in Glasgow, Scotland for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP26, it is vital that the younger generation understand this pressing issue.
Taking care of the environment and the climate crisis is a big and complicated issue. Good thing there are books that simplify it for kids! (Read: LOOK: 3 Times Pope Francis Speaks Up About Climate Change)
So if you’re planning to teach them about climate change and how to take care of Mother Earth–something that Pope Francis advocates for–here three book suggestions for you! (Note: Descriptions are from the publishers themselves.)
Greta and the Giants by Zoë Tucker (author), Zoe Persico (illustrator)
“This story is inspired by a real girl called Greta Thunberg.
When Greta was not much older than you, she found out about something called climate change. This means the world is getting hotter and hotter and this is causing a lot of damage. So, when she was 15, she went on strike from school, sitting outside the Swedish government building and holding a sign that said, “Strike for climate.”
Over time, people stopped to join her and now, her protest has encouraged children and adults from all over the world to stand up for climate change too. Greta has spoken to politicians from many different countries, and in 2019 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.” (Read: Pope Francis, Cardinal Parolin Talk Climate Change Ahead of COP26)
Get it on Amazon here.
The Tantrum That Saved the World by Michael E. Mann
“Tantrums are bad–except when they save the world.
An environmental picture book about finding your voice, taking collective action, and saving the planet–for kids ages 5 – 9.”
Pre-order it on Amazon here.
The Lonely Polar Bear by Khoa Le
“This sweet children’s picture book presents a moving story, set in a fragile Arctic world threatened by climate change.
A little polar bear wakes up alone after a furious storm and finds himself all alone. With his mother nowhere in sight, he makes friends with a mysterious little girl and other animal friends such as puffins, elks, wolves, whales, and more.
All his friends come together, surrounding him in the magnificent polar sky. In the end the little bear sits peacefully, enjoying a winter day lit up by beautiful northern lights.”
Order it on Amazon here.