As inhabitants of this beautiful planet, we currently have a lot of fundamental issues facing our rapidly changing world. How do we educate young readers on such topics, environmental and ethical, in a way that presents the information as entertainment? Each of these picture books has an engaging voice, gorgeous illustrations, and presents these themes in a subtle, friendly manner. The pacing is strong, they have perfect readability for story times, and they each lead to the opportunity for a greater discussion. How do we treat living creatures? How do we value and protect our ecosystems? What is our responsibility to the planet we call home? These titles are the perfect tools to inspire further introspection and start the discussion of environmental issues.
Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit by Linda Marshall illustrated by Ilaria Urbinati
The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Whale in a Fishbowl by Troy Howell illustrated by Richard Jones
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
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Courtney Fahy is the Editorial Assistant at Little Bee Books and Yellow Jacket, where she acquires and edits board books, picture books, and middle grade novels. Prior to joining Little Bee Books, Courtney interned at Macmillan at Roaring Brook Press and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for Young Readers, as well as W.W. Norton. Originally from New Jersey, Courtney graduated from Pace University with a master’s in science in publishing. You can find Courtney on Twitter @courtneyfahy.