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6 Awesome Kids Books about Planet Earth

by Lane F. Narscil

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Children are always learning and inquisitive. Along with trying to teach a child patience in a travel environment, other questions may arise for a parent when a young child looks out an airplane window at 30,000 feet.

Airplane travel may be routine for an adult, but for a child traveling for the first time, it can be a life-altering experience. That may be the first time a child fully understands the concept of planets and our relationship with planet Earth.

When a child looks out from an airplane window, questions are bound to arise.

Here is a list of 6 Awesome kids books about planet Earth to help make the explaining process a lot easier:

1) On Earth by G. Brian Karas

OK, explain the difference between rotation and orbital revolution to a six-year-old! The subtleties and nuances of explaining the rotation of the Earth; rotation in correspondence to time, days, months and seasons, not even mentioning space orbit around the sun, to a child can be anxiety inducing.

The American Library Association says of On Earth that, “The concepts here are complex, but some children will get the gist of what a year represents, why we have seasons, and what makes day light and night dark.”

This book is recommended for ages 5 and older.

On Earth, helps children learn about Earth’s rotation, orbit in space, the seasons and more.

2) The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Recycling is very important; otherwise we are just turning our planet into a giant garbage pile of reusable resources. Reinforcing how important it is to make the most of and to reuse our resources as much as possible to a child is important to prepare the adult of the future for taking care of Earth.

Parr’s book explains these ideas to children as well as offering tips like planting a tree to fight pollution or re-using old things instead of throwing them away.

This book is recommended for preschool age children and older.

The Earth Book is a great way to introduce children to the concept of conservation, recycling and why it helps the Earth.

3) The Earth and I by Frank Asch

Asch’s book illustrates to children the importance of taking care of Earth through a story where a little boy befriends Earth. The boy learns that the he helps the Earth grow by farming and the Earth helps him grow by producing edible fruit.

The sentimental but instructional book has been described as being well-suited to young readers.

This book is recommended for ages 4 and older.

Frank Asch’s book schools kids about conservation and recycling in a kid-friendly manner.

4) Earth: Our Planet in Space by Seymour Simon

This story serves as a great introduction to the relationships between the Earth, moon and the sun. Simon is a former science teacher and has written over 200 science books. Half of those books have been honored by the National Science Teacher Association for excellence.

When you find yourself in the position of having to explain the “habitual zone of orbit,” in space to a child, you will be thankful for this book.

This book is recommended for children ages 7 and older.

This is a great book with more advanced science themes for kids.

5) I Can Save The Earth! by Alison Inches

This book is basically a morality tale in which kids can learn to be eco-friendly by learning from the mistakes of the book’s star, Max the Monster.

Max is a furry, green monster who does not appreciate the environment.

Among other things Max, “. . . leaves on all the lights, keeps his computer plugged in, blasts the TV, hoards his old toys and uses so much toilet paper it clogs the toilet.” These habits lead to a power outage.

Max then goes outside and learns how his personal behavior affects the world.

Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Max the monster will help your child become more eco-friendly.

6) Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers

When children see garbage being filled in waste cans, they may be very curious as to what happens to all the trash after it is collected.

This book helps children understand what happens to trash after it is collected. From incineration to recycling, the mystery of how trash is processed is easily explained for a young reader’s comprehension.

More importantly, the young reader learns that the more garbage is thrown away instead of processed or recycled, then the bigger the job it is then to process it later.

This book is recommended for ages 5 and older.

This book, a remake of a 1974 classic, helps children understand how garbage is collected and processed.

Everyone finds enlightenment on their own timetable, but the period of youth is the time a child begins slowly learning about the realities of life on Earth.

Consider picking up one of these books to help a child slowly and comprehensively explain Earth and its place in the universe.

Were any of these books a hit with your kids? Let me know in the comments below.

If you liked this, you might also like: 8 Books to Teach Your Kids About the World.

Main photo: View from an airplane. Questions will arise. Photo by by Satoru Kikuchi.

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