5 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Protecting Our Forests Using Books

Teacher Reading to kids in forest

Books about science for kids are one of the most crucial educational tools. Not only do they help develop your kid’s basic natural skills and vocabulary, but they can also allow them to learn more about the world around them. If you want to instill knowledge of the importance of forests, how they are essential for life on earth, and our role in protecting them, you should start with well-written literature.

Here are some books we recommend adding to your children’s reading list if you want to educate them about our precious forests:

1.  The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

The Lorax is one of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved publications and one of the most popular kids’ books about ecosystems. This is an ecological warning that is still relevant in today’s times despite being published in 1971, 50 years ago.

The story begins with the Once-ler, a businessman who comes to the beautiful, fertile land filled with fluffy “Truffula Trees.” He settles down and decides to chop down the trees to make knitted inventions. However, as a consequence, the Lorax emerges from the tree’s stumps. He warms the Once-ler who pays no attention.

The story continues to explore the hasty, greedy actions of the Once-ler that lead to the destruction of the forest entirely. Things do turn around towards the end, though. To find out how, read this cautionary tale with your kids!

2.  Jeremy and The Beetle Takedown by Sallana Brown

Jeremy and The Beetle Takedown by Sallana Brown is a riveting STEAM-themed picture book that teaches children about forests and the insects that inhabit them.

This story revolves around Jeremy, a young boy who explores a nearby forest to observe insects in their natural habitat. However, he notices changes in the surrounding ash forest (due to the threat of invasive insects). This encourages the little explorers to consult their knowledge of entomology and research invasive species.

STEAM books for kids, such as this kids’ insect book, are a great way to teach your kids about invasive species, forestry, and entomology! It is also a fantastic choice if you are looking for some interactive books for kids or insect books for kids.

3.  Someday A Tree by Eve Bunting

Someday A Tree by Eve Bunting is one of the excellent kids’ books about forests. This story is about Alice and her family, who love and honor their outdoor oak tree. They spend several hours under its branches, sharing snacks, reading, napping, and doing all sorts of fun activities.

However, one day, Alice realizes the tree is losing its leaves, and its grass has turned yellow. The culprit: chemical poisoning through the soil. The family and their neighbors make several attempts to save the tree but to no avail.

The slow descent from the shades of green to solemn ash gray is difficult for Alice until she remembers the acorns she collected from the tree. The story teaches children about the consequences of chemical dumping, protecting our forests, and making an effort to replant our lost trees.

4.  The Last Tree by Emily Haworth-Booth

The Last Tree by Emily Haworth-Booth is an ecological fable and one of the most popular nature books for kids. It tells the tale of a group of friends seeking a place to call home. The desert, the mountains, the valleys, none seemed right until they found the forest.

The forest provides them with shade and shelter. However, the friends soon began to cut down the trees for resources so they could build homes. As their homes got bigger, the forest grew thinner until a lone tree remained. Read the complete story to find out how the children save the forest!

This story is a great way to teach your children about the importance of tree conservation and the devastating impacts of deforestation. It is a must-read if you like children’s books about planting.

5.  The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, a picture book based on the beauty of the Amazon forest, is one of the popular nature books for kids.

It shares the story of a man who enters the Amazon forest in an attempt to chop down a Kapok tree. However, he gets tired and falls asleep. During his slumber, the animals that inhabit the forest come out and whisper in his ear that he must not cut down the tree. “All living things depend on one another.”

This is a beautifully illustrated book about the wondrous and rare animals that inhabit our forests and educates about the importance of forest conservation!

There you go, whether you are looking for science books for kids, kids’ books about the environment, or adventure books for kids, this list covers them all! So, pick one your child likes and watch them learn and have fun!

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