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Green Planet

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Nonfiction
An unusual mix of science and poetry, memoir and research that will inspire any reader to acknowledge and celebrate our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. The longtime bestseller by a botanist who is also an enrolled tribal member of the Potawatomi.

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The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever

by H. Joseph Hopkins

Nonfiction
Katherine Olivia Session began a movement that transformed San Diego into the green oasis it is today. Her gorgeous gardens and parks can be found all over the city. (picture book)

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Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe For The Earth

by Mary McKenna Siddals

Fiction
A rhyming recipe explains how to make the dark, crumbly, rich, earth-friendly organic material called compost. (picture book)

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Earth Hour: a Lights-out Event for Our Planet

by Nanette Heffernan

Nonfiction
It’s lights out for everyone around the world who participates in Earth Hour–the annual event that honors energy conservation and addresses climate change by encouraging everyone to turn off their lights for one hour. (picture book)

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Skink: No Surrender

by Carl Hiaasen

Fiction
With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.

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We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom

Fiction
When a snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America. (picture book)

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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Cessay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

by Miranda Paul

Nonfiction
In Njau, Gambia, plastic bags littered roads, drew mosquitos and disease, and endangered livestock. Something had to change. Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community in this true story. (picture book)

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Where Have All the Bees Gone? Pollinators in Crisis

by Rebecca Hirsch

Nonfiction
Numbers of bees are falling, and that has scientists alarmed. What’s causing the decline? Learn about the many bee species, and how you can help these important pollinators.

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Soaring Earth

by Margarita Engle

Nonfiction
A companion to the Young People’s Poet Laureate’s award-winning Enchanted Air explores the impact of the Cuban Revolution on the author’s teen prospects and her burgeoning views on civil rights, freedom of expression and environmental protection

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Vesper Flights

by Helen Macdonald

Nonfiction
By the author of the bestselling memoir “H is for Hawk.” A luminous, thought-provoking collection of essays about the natural world. Macdonald observes songbirds from the Empire State Building as they migrate through the Tribute of Light, watches tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, seeks the last golden orioles in Suffolk’s poplar forests and more.

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The Marrow Thieves

by Cherie Dimaline

Fiction
In a world where most people have lost the ability to dream, a fifteen-year-old Indigenous boy who is still able to dream struggles for survival against an army of “recruiters” who seek to steal his marrow and return dreams to the rest of the world.

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Trashing the Planet: Examining our Global Garbage Glut

by Stuart Kallen

Nonfiction
Introduces the problems of global waste disposal, describing the hazards of toxins associated with landfills, plastics floating in the oceans, and debris orbiting the planet, with some of the solutions proposed by scientists.

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No One is Too Small to Make a Difference

by Greta Thunberg

Nonfiction
In August 2018, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg decided not to go to school one day in order to protest the climate crisis. Thunburg’s actions sparked a global movement, inspiring millions to follow her example, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Drawn from her own speeches.

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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Nonfiction
An architect and a chemist join forces to present a revolutionary new kind of production, aiming from the very beginning never to create garbage. Compellingly, they argue for designing objects that can be reused as food or components for new products, will only use clean energy, and are designed specifically for the place where they will be used.

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Critical Perspectives on Climate Change

ed. Stephen Feinstein

Nonfiction
The scientific community today largely agrees that climate change is occurring, and could have devastating consequences. This essential volume includes scientific data and experts’ opinion, along with ordinary people’s viewpoints, to examine this important issue.

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We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet

by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Nonfiction
Challenge the status quo, change the face of activism, and confront climate change head on with the ultimate blueprint for taking action.

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Greta and the Giants: Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s Stand to Save the World

by Zoë Tucker

Fiction
Greta lives in a forest threatened by Giants who keep chopping down trees to make ever bigger homes and cities. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? (picture book)

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The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go From Here

by Hope Jahren

Nonfiction
An essential pocket primer on climate change by the bestselling author of “Lab Girl,” who is also a brilliant geobiologist. Jahren combines an explanation of the mechanisms of global warming with a capsule history of human development, showing us how we can use less and share more.

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Geoengineering Earth’s Climate: Resetting the Thermostat

by Jennifer Swanson

Nonfiction
Explains what geoengineering is and the ethical questions surrounding its use.

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Hoot

by Carl Hiaasen

Fiction
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. (chapter book)

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Ship Breaker

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Fiction
In a futuristic world, Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers. When he finds a ship with a girl in the wreckage, he must decide if he should strip the ship or rescue her.

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Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

Fiction
Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These researchers made profound contributions to primatology—and to our understanding of ourselves.

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Unbowed: A Memoir

by Wangari Maathai

Nonfiction
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, the indomitable Wangari Maathai has been fighting for environmental responsibility and democracy in her native Kenya for over 35 years. The book recounts Maathai’s incredible journey in establishing the Green Belt Movement, culminating her appointment to Parliament in 2002

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Strange Birds: a Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers

by Celia C. Pérez

Fiction
After a group of girls fail to end an endangered-species-unfriendly tradition carried out by the Floras, a local Scouts group, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. (chapter book)

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Fuzzy Mud

by Louis Sachar

Fiction
Two kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world. (chapter book)

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Whale Quest: Working Together to Save Endangered Species

by Karen Romano Young

Nonfiction
Introduces whales, discussing their physical features, behavior, and complex communication abilities, along with a history of whaling and a description of the efforts being made by scientists around the world to save them from extinction.

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Living Without Plastic: More Than 100 Easy Swaps for Home, Travel, Dining, Holidays, and Beyond

by Brigette Allen and Christine Wong

Nonfiction
The sad truth is that, despite consumers’ efforts, most plastic never gets recycled. If you’ve ever wanted to find a way to lessen your dependence on the nasty stuff, read on. Among the alternatives are recipes for hair spray, water filters, and watercolors alongside photos of ingredients and creations made from all-natural products.

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What is Climate Change?

by Gail Herman

Nonfiction
An overview of climate change, discussing if humans are at fault for the rapidly warming Earth, and describes why climate change has recently become a political issue. (chapter book)

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Rachel Carson: Marine Biologist and Winner of the National Book Award

by Meghan Rock

Nonfiction
Discusses the life of the famous environmentalist, including her personal history, her introduction to the field, and her most influential work, “Silent Spring.”

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Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya

by Donna Jo Napoli

Nonfiction
Wangari Muta Maathai, known as “Mama Miti,” founded the Green Belt Movement, an African grassroots organization that mobilized people to combat deforestation, soil erosion, and environmental degradation. (picture book)

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Plastic Sea: a Bird’s-eye View

by Kirsti Blom and Geir Wing Gabrielsen

Nonfiction
If we continue to dump as much plastic as we do today, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Fortunately, there are actions we can take as individuals and as a global community to reduce plastic waste in our oceans. (picture book)

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Under A White Sky: The Nature of the Future

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Nonfiction
Author of the Pulitzer-winning “The Sixth Extinction” and a New Yorker staff writer, Kolbert explores recent colorful attempts to fix the effects of environmental damage: electrifying rivers, artificially inseminating coral reefs, and genetically modifying Australian cane toads. Her gift is for explaining complicated scientific concepts to a lay audience without oversimplification or false promises of a happy ending.

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

by Bill Gates

Nonfiction
Urgently and authoritatively, this bestseller by the founder of Microsoft and the Gates Foundation puts forth a wide-ranging, practical—and accessible—plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a planet-wide catastrophe.

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Life as we Knew It

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Fiction
When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive. This is the story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

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The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng

by Sophia M. Gholz

Nonfiction
As a boy, Jadav Payeng was distressed by the destruction deforestation and erosion was causing on his island home in India’s Brahmaputra River. So he began planting trees. (picture book)

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Fighting for the Forest: How FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps Helped Save America

by P. O’Connell Pearson

Nonfiction
The story of the Civilian Conservation Corp through a look at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the personal stories and work of young men around the nation who changed their country for the better. (chapter book)

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

by Barbara Kingsolver

Nonfiction
For one year, a renowned novelist and her family decided to eat locally–and no other way. They only bought food raised in their own neighborhood, grew it themselves, or learned to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, the book will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

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Conservation

by Jen Green

Nonfiction
Explores how the changing ideas about the environment and sustainability have impacted conservation efforts.

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Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

by Michelle Nijhuis

Nonfiction
A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. Nijhuis’s account goes from the early battles in the 19th century to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today’s global effort to defend life on a larger scale. She profiles scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson as well as lesser-known figures in conservation history, describing the origins of vital organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund.

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A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and the Assault on the American Mind

by Harriet A. Washington

Nonfiction
What does environmentalism have to do with social justice and academic achievement? Plenty, argues this meticulously researched book by a highly respected medical writer. From injuries caused by lead poisoning to the devastating effects of atmospheric pollution, infectious disease, and industrial waste, Americans of color are harmed by environmental hazards in staggeringly disproportionate numbers. Protect children’s environment and you protect their ability to learn.

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Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste

by Hope Jahren

Nonfiction
The author calls herself “the Priestess of Waste-Free Living,” and she does have some excellent tips for how to reduce your production of garbage, save money, and grow closer to your household members all at the same time. For example, you can make your own mustard, pack your kids’ lunches without plastic, cancel your junk mail, and enjoy the holidays without the guilt of overconsumption

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Marty McGuire Digs Worms!

by Kate Messner

Fiction
With help from her Grandma Barb, Marty builds a habitat for worms in her school cafeteria as part of the Save the Earth Project. (chapter book)

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