One of the most powerful ways to engage children and young people with the environment and the themes of climate change and sustainability is through story. Schools should aim to integrate these stories naturally into their children’s and young people’s reading experience. The book lists presented below will enable you to develop a library of suitable texts. Alongside their place in school and class libraries they should also be part of guided reading sets, book weeks, book reviews and whole class texts.


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education – environmental book list 

The School Reading List – environment, climate change and eco-topic books

The Book Trust – environmental books chosen by author Georgina Stevens

The Book Trust – environmental books for older children

The Book Trust – environmental books for younger children

Scottish Book Trust – climate fiction for future world changers

A Mighty Girl – top children’s books on the environment featuring mighty girls – suitable for various ages

The Book Trust – picture books about saving the environment

Bag of Books – environment and sustainability books for years 3&4

The School run – best environment books for kids

Junior Magazine – eco-conscious children’s books

Books for Topics – books that promote environmental sustainability

Love Reading – 70 books for a greener future – 10 inspiring and environmental educational books for schools

The Guardian – best eco books for children and teens

The Guardian – climate change books for younger children

Penguin – 12 books to teach children about the environment

Books for Keeps – 10 best books for connecting children with nature

We are Teachers – 24 picture books about nature

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education – books about trees

Mother Natured – 20 picture books about nature

Run Wild My Child – beautiful picture books about nature

Backwoods Mama – 100+ nature books for all ages

What do we do all day – nature picture books