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Find more Top 10 Environment & Sustainability Books for Youth
Wildlife appreciation is naturally a theme in this year’s Top 10 books on the environment and sustainability for youth, reviewed between March 1, 2021, and February 15, 2022, but the human impact on climate change is just as important to these selections.
Amara and the Bats. By Emma Reynolds. Illus. by the author. 2021. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781534469013). Gr. 1–3.
Amara loves bats, and, when she moves to a new school, she joins an environmental club to help make a local park more bat friendly. Approachable and informative, with lots of bat facts and labeled illustrations.
Conservation Canines: How Dogs Work for the Environment. By Isabelle Groc. 2021. Orca, $24.95 (9781459821606). Gr. 4–7.
Eye-catching photos feature dogs working in conservation efforts in this robust, engaging title that not only highlights important work of conservationists but how their canine companions contribute.
The Deadliest Hurricanes Then and Now. By Deborah Hopkinson. 2022. Scholastic/Focus, paper, $7.99 (9781338360196). Gr. 3–6.
The second volume in the Deadliest series focuses on the devastating hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas, in 1900, combining first-person accounts with an engaging narrative and a wealth of informative context.
The Elephant Doctor of India. By Janie Chodosh. 2021. Chicago Review, $19.99 (9781641603072). Gr. 5–8.
Transforming notes and interviews into an anecdotal narrative, Chodosh profiles Kushal Konwar Sarma, a veterinarian from Assam who specializes in elephants in one of the last places with a viable wild Asian elephant population.
Fashionopolis (Young Readers Edition): The Secrets behind the Clothes We Wear. By Dana Thomas. 2022. Dial, $17.99 (9780593325018). Gr. 5–8.
This young readers’ edition of Fashionopolis (2019) introduces the complicated world of apparel manufacturing, establishing the history of fast fashion, the environmental impact of the industry, and glimmers of hope for the future.
A Hot Mess: How the Climate Crisis Is Changing Our World. By Jeff Fleischer. 2021. Lerner/Zest, $37.32 (9781541597761). Gr. 8–12.
This science-and-social-studies crossover offers a global perspective on climate-related developments, showing how weather extremes have ecological, political, economic, and social repercussions that ripple across continents.
Jayden’s Impossible Garden. By Mélina Mangal. Illus. by Ken Daley. 2021. Free Spirit, $16.99 (9781631985904). K–Gr. 3.
Jayden and his neighbor transform their apartment building’s lawn into a garden with repurposed materials, and soon their block is an urban wildlife sanctuary.
Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch. By Heidi Tyline King. Illus. by Ekua Holmes. 2021. Putnam, $17.99 (9781101996294). K–Gr. 3.
This lushly illustrated biography tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an opera-singing African American environmentalist, who saved an important stretch of Florida shoreline.
The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where We Go from Here (Adapted for Young Adults). By Hope Jahren. 2021. Delacorte, $16.99 (9780593381120). Gr. 8–12.
In fresh, anecdote-filled writing, Jahren details how our planet got to the state it’s in and offers a hopeful guiding premise: use less and share more. Well researched, reassuring, and deeply informative.
When the World Runs Dry: Earth’s Water in Crisis. By Nancy F. Castaldo. 2022. Algonquin, $16.95 (9781616209711). Gr. 5–8.
With impeccable research and sourcing, Castaldo makes a strong case that water is in crisis: for myriad reasons, people around the world don’t have access to safe water.
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