We've selected a few books that will help children learn about the environment, pollution, climate change and the importance of looking after the natural world.
Elizabeth Laird was inspired to write Song of the Dolphin Boy, a magical story about marine conservation, when an underwater filmmaker told her he was worried about the state of the oceans:
We humans have used the seas as dumping grounds for all our waste for thousands of years. In the old days much of our rubbish just rotted or eroded harmlessly away, but then plastic was invented.
We all love plastic! We wrap our food in it, we use it to make our bright, colourful toys, our computers and phones, and almost anything else you can imagine. When we’re tired of all our stuff, we just throw it away. You’d be amazed how much plastic rubbish ends up in the sea – around eight million tons a year – and there it stays. Vast islands of plastic that will last for thousands of years float about in the once-clean water. Whales, dolphins, seals and birds get tangled up in them. They think that plastic is food, and when they eat it their stomachs fill up, and they can starve. We humans need to care for our great, blue, beautiful oceans and all the wonderful animals and fish who live in them.
For children aged 6 - 9 years
When bulldozers enter Farthing Wood, the animals must escape before their homes are destroyed. Fox, Badger, Toad, Tawny Owl, Mole and the other animals band together and set off to a far-away nature reserve. Their journey is full of adventure and fraught with disasters, and the animals must work together to survive.
For children aged 9 - 11 years
Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn.
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