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Favourite books about the environment (older children)

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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 younger children

  • Run Wild

    Author: Gill Lewis

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Run Wild

    Author: Gill Lewis

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Looking for somewhere secret to practice skateboarding, Izzy and Asha ignore the ‘Danger! Do Not Enter’ signs posted around the de…

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  • The Dog Runner

    Author: Bren MacDibble

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • The Dog Runner

    Author: Bren MacDibble

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    A perilous adventure with dystopian and environmental themes that cut unnervingly close to potential reality, The Dog Runner is a …

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  • Kids Fight Plastic

    Author: Martin Dorey Illustrator: Tim Weeson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Kids Fight Plastic

    Author: Martin Dorey Illustrator: Tim Weeson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

    By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Kids Fight Plastic presents powerful facts about how oceans a…

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  • The Territory

    Author: Sarah Govett

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • The Territory

    Author: Sarah Govett

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 13+

    This is a truly exceptional novel, exciting, gripping and intense, with relatable protagonists whose agonies become the reader&rsq…

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  • Bloom

    Author: Nicola Skinner

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Bloom

    Author: Nicola Skinner

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Sorrel Fallowfield is very well-behaved, but her world is about to be turned upside down when she discovers a mysterious packet of…

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  • FloodWorld

    Author: Tom Huddleston

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • FloodWorld

    Author: Tom Huddleston

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    When the sea level rose, a wall was built to protect London. Now Kara and Joe are stuck in the middle between the privileged …

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  • Wolf Light

    Author: Yaba Badoe

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Wolf Light

    Author: Yaba Badoe

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

    Three girls, far apart in the world, are born with magical powers into a sisterhood. Together, they must defend the planet they sh…

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  • The House of Light

    Author: Julia Green

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • The House of Light

    Author: Julia Green

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

    A wonderfully imaginative and beautifully written story about a climate change-wrecked world that feels very timely and shows…

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  • The Wild Folk

    Author: Sylvia V Linsteadt

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10-12

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  • The Wild Folk

    Author: Sylvia V Linsteadt

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10-12

    When the City's stargold starts running out, the leaders are set on destroying everything to find more – including the countryside…

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  • Exodus

    Author: Julie Bertagna

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Exodus

    Author: Julie Bertagna

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Exodus is a disturbing and relevant epic that explores many contemporary themes.

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  • Under the Weather

    Author: VariousEditor: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Under the Weather

    Author: VariousEditor: Tony Bradman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

    A thought-provoking collection emphasising the importance of individual, as well as group initiatives.

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  • Zinnia and the Bees

    Author: Danielle Davis

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Zinnia and the Bees

    Author: Danielle Davis

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    A funny, moving story about loss, love, loyalty and misunderstanding, all featuring a quirky young heroine, a hilarious swarm of b…

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  • Follow the Moon Home

    Author: Deborah Hopkinson and Philippe Cousteau Illustrator: Meilo So

    Interest level: 5-12

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Follow the Moon Home

    Author: Deborah Hopkinson and Philippe Cousteau Illustrator: Meilo So

    Interest level: 5-12

    Reading age: 6+

    When Viv moves to a new home and school, she discovers that her local beach is a loggerhead turtle nesting area - but some baby tu…

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