ECO Bookworms

#ClimateChangesHealthCalling all Early Climate Optimists! Our ECO Bookworms book club invites parents, caregivers and educators to start conversations about climate change and the environment with their little ones.

Knowing how to talk about climate change with children can be difficult. We all want to nurture the next generation and encourage a sense of hope and personal power.

Reading stories about climate change and our changing planet is a great place to start.

Learn more about why we started the book club. And check back the second Tuesday of each month for a new featured book.

The Earth Gives More book cover with sun, mom gardening, kids playingMarch Pick!

Our March ECO Bookworms book is “The Earth Gives More” written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Christiane Engel. Published by Albert Whitman & Company, "The Earth Gives More" is a great read as we transition into spring.

While each season gives us something to delight in, we can give back to the planet all year long. This sweet rhyming story is sure to inspire you and your early climate optimist to be stewards of the Earth, our home. The book is for ages 5-7 years.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What joys does the Earth give you throughout the seasons?
  2. How do the characters in the book give back to the Earth?
  3. What are some other things you can do at home or in your neighborhood to help our Earth thrive and grow?

The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean book cover with two fish putting trash in a canFebruary Pick!

Our February ECO Bookworms book is "The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean" by Deborah Diesen, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux!

Through this book, we celebrate our February theme of friendship. When Mr. Fish discovers a big, big mess invading his pristine ocean home, he and his friends come together to find out what caused it and what they must do to clean it up. The book is for ages 3-6 years.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How did you feel when you saw the big, big mess in the ocean?
  2. Have you seen litter in your community? How does litter affect plants and animals and you?
  3. What can you do to help your community stay beautiful?

BONUS: How can you work together with your friends?

man reading to baby  grandmother reading to toddler

Books can convey big and scary subjects like climate change in ways that inspire young people to act with optimism. Our stories focus on solutions to help young readers feel empowered, rather than overwhelmed.

Our selected books target readers 8 years old and younger, but we encourage everyone to follow along and read. Let’s empower our young climate optimists by equipping ourselves with the right tools to start a conversation. Check with your local library or bookstore to find a copy of each month’s book.

We are excited to be on this book club journey with the APHA community and friends. Tell us about your favorite environmental or climate change children’s book.