Thursday, July 1, 2010

Children's books with environmental teachings..

Just thought that I would share what have become some of our favourite children's books with environmental teachings...

One that we got out of the bookshelf yesterday was 'The Jungle' - a great book with transparent overlays that transform the pictures to reveal many unexpected things - on the final page revealing what the most dangerous animal of all is!!

Our oldest came and joined in reading of The Jungle - it was one of his favourite books to explore when he was young.

The most destructive animal of all revealed!!

An old favourite is 'The Lorax" by Dr Seuss - a great story on consumersim and the destruction of the environment - afterall we all need a thneed - "A Thneed's a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need!"

Graeme Base has some great books - our kids spend hours lost in the detail of the beautiful illustrations.  Have you explored "The Waterhole" and "Uno's Garden" ?

On the topic of beatiful illustrations - described as an environmental Where's Wally... its great to see leaf litter illustrated is such a good light and showing all the life in leaf litter... a must see "Leaf Litter" by Rachel Tonkin - there are also some teachers notes for this book.

"Window" by Jeannie Baker is simple book with no words has kept our kids occupied for many hours just telling stories from the pictures - a great story of urban encroachment on native bushland areas.

That's just some of our favourites - we have many books on Australian native plants, animals and ecosystems as well as a growing range of Aboriginal stories.

Do you have more books to add to the list?


  1. The Lorax is a fav here also.

    and Jeannie Baker...I love her books so much that I had them all even before I had a child to read them to. My fav Jennie Baker book is 'Belonging'. It fills me with hope.

  2. Leaf Litter is one of my Grandson's favourites. I don't think anyone else in the library gets a look in. I want to buy it for him for Christmas but am having problems finding the accompanying notes. Does anyone have a copy?

  3. Here's a link to the teachers notes from the HarpersCollin website

    Or go directly through the "Leaf Littler" link on my blog above...