Books can be a wonderful way to start a conversation about difficult topics like climate change, extinctions and other environmental problems. They help stimulate empathy, which is an important skill for mental health wellness and emotional resiliency. Books provide us with the opportunity to experience new things. This, in turn helps us to see new solutions and see new possibilities.
Here, on this page, you will find some suggestions for good books to read to start some conversations about the environment with your kids. You will also find Book Discussion Guides that are full of hints and resources to get those conversations started and to keep them going!
The Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. This is a beautiful story about community, friendship, the importance of home (a “sense of place”), the interconnection of plants and animals and people. I strongly recommend this as a starting place for eco-based discussions! Click here for discussion guide
Who will Plant a Tree by Jerry Pallotta Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is a simple picture book! This book is a perfect jumping off place for talking about the topic of desertification and reforestation. Therefore, this little book guide can have food for thought for your elementry kids, your teens and yourself! Click here for the Discussion Guide.