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Picture Books on Environment

This is a list of children's picture books that I've reviewed or had recommended to me, that concern the environment.


Up the Mountain

Up the Mountain

"Up the Mountain is a truly charming children’s picture book. It makes us realise how important it is to be aware of every tiny thing in our environment - of how it might relate to us, and to the things around it." Read more at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Children’s Book Review, The Heart of a Whale

What is the children's picture book, The Heart of a Whale, all about?


These Are Animals

These Are Animals

"A real visual feast, These Are Animals depicts animals that live in various habitats. We see polar and woodland animals, animals of grasslands and rainforest. The illustrations are an absolute delight with animals in different poses and seen from different perspectives, each one almost leaping off a page or brimming with attitude. " Read more at The Book Chook.


Seed Magic

Seed Magic

"Some kids will be scared of spiders, but Seed Magic shows us the world from Spider’s perceptive, allowing us to understand what she feels and hears and sees. McKinnon tells a simple tale, about an anxious ant who learns from Spider that growing and harvesting seeds brings a greater reward than simply gathering them." Read more at The Book Chook!

Butterfly, We’re Expecting You!

What is the children's picture book, Butterfly, We're Expecting You! all about? Ready the review at The Book Chook.




From my review: "I loved Cyclone so I expected Drought to be special. It is! There’s the front cover - gouged by cracked earth lines that kids can run fingertips along. Then there’s the rhyme - not the rollicking kind, but couplets that enhance the story with gentle echoes. The word pictures ..." Read more at The Book Chook.


Bird to Bird

Bird to Bird

From my review: "As we have come to expect in Saxby’s books, the text is lyrical and creates beautiful word pictures. It’s also satisfying as it helps us understand the cycle of nature and mankind. Harris’s illustrations are atmospheric, helping bring the history of a simple piece of wood to life." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, A Bag and a Bird

What is the children's picture book, A Bag and a Bird, all about? "I like the way Allen uses a true story to grab our interest and nudge us toward thinking about looking after nature and our environment. In the book we get to see Mum and John participating in an everyday activity that kids will recognise - packing a picnic and going for a walk." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, Feathers

"What a lovely concept this is for a children’s picture book! Cummings has used vivid, poetic language to show us the flight of a sandpiper to its breeding grounds. We see the sandpiper fly “through whirlwinds of tumbling leaves that fluttered like butterflies”. We watch as some of its feathers fall, and are caught by children living in very difficult environments."

Read more at The Book Chook.

Two Rainbows

"Two Rainbows contrasts two different ways of life - the country where the young narrator’s farm was, and the city where she lives now. We notice the similarities and differences via colours. For example, while orange in the city might be a curl of orange peel in the gutter, on the farm it was the colour of sunset and the twine around bales of hay. " Read more at The Book Chook.




"In Ruben, readers will find incredibly detailed, skilful and evocative black and white drawings that enhance a sparsely told story. We see a bleak, dystopian world, the scary robots who run it, and two children who despite its bleakness hug bits and pieces they find to themselves, and hide in their safe places." Read more at The Book Chook.




Reviewed at The Book Chook in Picture Books about Change. "Mae copes. She tries to enjoy the same activities she loved in her old life, and doesn’t let subsequent set-backs daunt her. She finds a park and leads Mum to it. Like gardeners young and old, Mae nurtures a tiny cutting and creates a new garden. As we have come to expect from Walker, the art work in Florette is superb. Her illustrations are so evocative of context and place, and the “forest” that Florette eventually finds is a riot of greenery and vibrant growth."

One Thousand Trees

In the beginning of the book, we meet Frankie, sitting at the top of a building, looking out over a city made of lines, angles and drab colours. Nearby is a tiny shoot and leaf, growing from a crack in the concrete. Frankie’s imagination soars, and we see her in different spatial and emotional relationships with trees. Simple prepositions like between, up and atop add to the images to show us Frankie’s imaginary journey from tree to tree. Then to the very top of a tree where she sees beyond the city to distant fields and mountains. Finally, Frankie’s imagination and some paint helps the city become transformed. Read more at The Book Chook.

Reviews, Zobi and the Zoox, and The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon

"The Small Friends book series tells stories about symbiotic partnerships and cooperation between microorganisms and larger forms of life.

Featuring microbes, molecules, mucus and more - we hope these books will nurture an appreciation for the role our small friends play - from bacteria and viruses, to archaea, fungi, protozoa & algae..."

Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, Magnificent Creatures: Animals on the Move!

Magnificent Creatures - Animals on the Move by Anna Wright is a great children's picture book to encourage kids to look at the world around them with new eyes! Read my review at The Book Chook.

Review, Rockhopping

A wonderful journey through the Grampians, gives readers a chance to learn much about the Australian environment. Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, On the River

"As the river finds its way from its headwaters to the sea, we learn about many riparian environments. Along the way we pick up tips on descending a cataract in a boat (Book of Prayers might help), ski etiquette, things to catch (from a cod to a cold), paddle steamers and bum boats, megafauna, and we’re invited to spot one small (glaring!) inaccuracy. " Read more at The Book Chook.

Book Review, Mirror

In Mirror, we get to contrast two very different environments and families but also to learn about what connects them. Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, Last Tree in the City

"Edward is sad after he finds the last tree in the city is no longer standing.
After some reflection, he finds a way to make things better.
A poignant tale about the environment and the way children relate to its beauty." Read more at The Book Chook.

Review, Welcome

"Welcome has an environmental message that is not heavy-handed. The words Barroux chose to present the tale are very simple, and his colourful and humorous illustrations will ensure that kids understand the message - some day it may be them who needs to find a new home, just like the polar bears in the story. How would they like to be treated on that day?" Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, Cyclone

"Now, over 40 years later, Jackie French's lyrical rhyming text tells the story of a city's indomitable spirit, and Bruce Whatley's sumptuous illustrations bring to life the powerful force of the storm to a whole new generation of readers." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals

What is The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A to Z about? Read more at The Book Chook.

Review, Where's the Elephant

"But on the next page, a little of the forest is missing. We see lots of trees but also some stumps and logs. Pages turn. Each time a little more forest disappears and urbanisation emerges. Until …" Read more at The Book Chook.

Reviews, Home

"Home might be a house in the country, a flat in the city, or even a shoe. Home resides on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the space where the artist created this book." Read more at The Book Chook.