Children’s Library Intern Samantha Gill put together a book display on our changing climate. She extended the list beyond our holdings, including many books you can read as a family to understand the ecology of our planet.

Members: you can always request a book you can’t find at the ​Athenæum via our Interlibrary Loan service.

On Our Shelves

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner
(Children’s Library Picture Book MESSN)
This picture book, a Junior Library Guild selection, looks at the life of coral restoration pioneer Ken Nedimyer, from his early fascination with the ocean to his ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world’s coral reefs.

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate by Lynne Cherry
(Children’s Library QC981.8.C5 C475 2008)
Scientists and kids explore global warming; part of the Sharing Nature With Children series.

If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
(Children’s Library Picture Book WILLI)
This nonfiction picture book explores what would happen if sharks vanished from our planet.

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
(Children’s Library Picture Book MCDON)
Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.

Out of the Blue by Alison Jay

(Children’s Library Picture Book + JAY)

When a giant octopus entangled in fishing line is washed ashore during a big storm and becomes stranded on the beach, a young boy and girl, assisted by various sea creatures, push and pull him back to sea. Includes endnotes on marine life, lighthouses, and items that wash up on beaches.

The Water Princess by Susan Verde
(Children’s Library Picture Book VERDE)
The story of one young girl’s quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village, based on the childhood experience of Georgie Badiel.

Other Readings

Bee & Me by Alison Jay

City Green by DyAnne DeSalvo-Ryan

Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals

Galapagos Girl/Galapaguena by Marsha Diane Arnold

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Hiking Day by Anne Rockwell

I Am Farmer by Miranda Paul

I Want to Go Green! But What Does That Mean? by Jill Dunn

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon

Life by Cynthia Rylant

Margarito’s Forest by Andy Carter

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

Out of School and into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story by Suzanne Slade

Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson

Shark Lady by Jess Keating

Spring After Spring by Stephanie Roth Sisson

The Tantrum That Saved the World by Megan Herbert

Touch the Earth by Julian Lennon

Where’s Rodney? By Carmen Bogan