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Favourite books about the environment (younger children)

There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom

From climate change to animal conservation, these books will encourage children and young people to think about and discuss pressing issues about the environment.

See our list for older children

  • The Last Wolf

    Author: Mini Grey

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5-6

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  • The Last Wolf

    Author: Mini Grey

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5-6

    The Last Wolf ranks alongside Mini Grey’s other picture book masterpieces, with all her trademark rich, characterful illustra…

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  • Tidy

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Tidy

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Pete the badger likes to keep everything neat and tidy, but his over-zealous cleaning begins to have a damaging impact on the fore…

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  • Our Little Inventor

    Author: Sher Rill Ng

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Our Little Inventor

    Author: Sher Rill Ng

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Nell goes on a journey to the polluted Big City to reveal a machine that can clean the city's air. A beautiful picture book t…

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  • Greta and the Giants

    Author: Zoë Tucker Illustrator: Zoe Persico

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Greta and the Giants

    Author: Zoë Tucker Illustrator: Zoe Persico

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    This story, inspired by the life of Greta Thunberg, is for very young children. Suitably for the age group, it's a tale of hope, p…

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  • Somebody Swallowed Stanley

    Author: Sarah Roberts Illustrator: Hannah Peck

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Somebody Swallowed Stanley

    Author: Sarah Roberts Illustrator: Hannah Peck

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Written by an animal behaviourist and environmental campaigner, this gentle tale subtly educates children about the damage a simpl…

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  • Clem and Crab

    Author: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Clem and Crab

    Author: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Clem loves going to the beach and tries hard to keep the coastline clean, but soon realises she needs the help and enthusiasm of h…

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  • Flying Free

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Flying Free

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

    When Colin shoots a sparrowhawk, he knows that he’s done something wrong and takes the hawk to the vet. Soon, Colin finds a passio…

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  • The Coral Kingdom

    Author: Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5-7

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  • The Coral Kingdom

    Author: Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5-7

    The great beauty and diversity of the coral reef is explored in this stunningly beautiful picture book, which is a true work of ar…

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  • There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom

    Author: James Sellick with a foreword by Emma Thompson Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom

    Author: James Sellick with a foreword by Emma Thompson Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    A cute but rather badly behaved little orangutan has appeared in a little girl’s bedroom. Rang-Tan explains that there are humans …

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  • Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    Sofia Valdez isn’t just a do-gooder: she’s a do-better, visiting people in her community who can’t get out much, or just stopping …

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  • Can We Save the Tiger?

    Author: Martin Jenkins Illustrator: Vicky White

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Can We Save the Tiger?

    Author: Martin Jenkins Illustrator: Vicky White

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

    A sequel to Ape, this beautifully illustrated book takes us through some of the extinct and endangered animals in the world.

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  • When the Bees Buzzed Off!

    Author: Lula Bell Illustrator: Stephen Bennett

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 3-6

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  • When the Bees Buzzed Off!

    Author: Lula Bell Illustrator: Stephen Bennett

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 3-6

    This fabulous lift-the-flap book subtly encourages everyone to plant lots of bee-friendly flowers and is a fun-filled introduction…

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  • Dear Greenpeace

    Author: Simon James

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Dear Greenpeace

    Author: Simon James

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

    A simple, warm hearted and humorous book with charming illustrations.  The correspondence could spark ideas for letter writin…

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  • Anywhere Farm

    Author: Phyllis Root Illustrator: G. Brian Karas

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Anywhere Farm

    Author: Phyllis Root Illustrator: G. Brian Karas

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Rhyming text and warm illustrations create an uplifting tale that celebrates the joys and pleasures of growing not just food and f…

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