15 Gorgeous Green Books
June is coming! After spending most of spring at home, indoors, I think it's time we celebrate the beauty of our earth. I've put together this list of green books that I think you'll really enjoy. There's a healthy mix of creative storytelling, nonfiction fun, and some straight-up silliness. These picture books will appeal to a wide range of ages, from 3-10. (And don't be surprised if older kids listen in, too.) I chose a few new titles and lots of older picks, in hopes that you won't have to endure long hold lines. As always, I've chosen books that have engaging text and stunning illustrations that captivate readers. I hope your library is offering curbside pickup for holds placed online. If not, I offer my sincere condolences (and helpful Amazon links). Summer without a giant stack of books just doesn't seem right.
My Best Friend (Julie Fogliano)
This new book is about two girls who meet at a park and play together all afternoon.They enjoy grand adventures and giggles. When it's time to go home, the girls hate to part. After all, leaving your best friend is hard - even if you don't yet know her name.
Make Way for Ducklings (Robert McCloskey)
If you don't know Robert McCloskey, it's time to change that! His illustrations are second-to-none. This delightful story is about a family of Mallard ducks looking for a home. They explore all around Boston until they find the perfect place.
Stuck (Oliver Jeffers)
When a boy's kite gets stuck in a tree, he's determined to get it out. He tries knocking it out of the tree with a shoe, which gets stuck. With each page, he tosses yet another item into the tree in an attempt to free the his belongings. It just keeps getting more and more ridiculous. This one will have the kids in stitches.
The Empty Pot (Demi)
This beloved classic is about a village in China whose emperor is choosing a successor. He will give the throne to the child who can grow the best flower from a seed he gives. Little Ping diligently cares for his seed, tending it daily. After one year of work, he has an empty pot which he must present to the emperor.
The Hike (Alison Farrell)
The Hike follows three girls on an outdoor adventure in the nearby woods. This fun story introduces kids to many plants and animals, plus environmental concepts like nurse logs. The landscape and animals remind me of the pacific northwest and specifically Olympic National Park. My favorite thing about this book is that it's all about the journey and what the kids discover along the way.
Honey: The Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln (Katherine Tegen)
This new picture book biography tells a little-known story about the young Abe Lincoln, who finds a dog and falls in love. Later, that same dog comes to his rescue when he's stuck in a cave. Heart-warming and sweet.
Green on Green (Dianne White)
This gorgeous new book takes a child through all the seasons, celebrating the beautiful colors of the world in each part of the year.
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth (Patricia McKissack)
I'm thrilled to have recently discovered this prolific author/illustrator. This book tells the story of a girl determined to always tell the truth. It turns out, some of those truth bombs are hurtful to relationships. She learns how to share the truth in a kind way and at the right time.
Dandy (Ame Dyckman)
This adorable book is spot-on and so funny! Sweetie discovers a dandelion on the lawn and falls in love. She names it Charlotte and spends all day playing near the weed and taking loving care of it.
When Daddy (and the neighbors - gasp!) find the pesky weed, it's all-out war! But in the end, Daddy's heart is softened to his Sweetie and her beloved Charlotte. And you'll be appalled at the ending of the tale. Hint: kids love blowing dandelion seeds!
Little Pea (Amy Krause Rosenthal)
Do you have a vegetable-hater in your family? Or a candy-lover? This is a delightfully silly book about a little pea who is forced to eat all his candy before he's allowed to enjoy his dessert - green vegetables!
The Night Gardener (The Fan Brothers)
Oh, this book is just dreamy! A mysterious nighttime visitor to a drab neighborhood transforms trees during the night, which brings life, color, and new friendships to the town.
The Little Green Girl (Lisa Anchin)
This whimsical and imaginative story is about a talented gardener who cultivates a beautiful topiary, the little green girl. The gardener is content to spend every day in his garden. But the little green girl dreams of traveling the world. They explore the world together, then bring parts of the world back to their very own garden.
Grandpa Green (Lane Smith)
This lovely book is told from the perspective of a child as he narrates his great-grandfather's life. Grandpa Green keeps a beautifully manicured garden that highlights formative experiences from his life in the shapes of topiary shrubs. The carved shapes display experiences such as having chicken pox, flying as a paratrooper in wartime, and marrying his sweetheart, and beginning to lose memory. There's little text and gorgeous illustrations, with both adult and kid appeal. It has that 'je ne sais quoi' quality that just makes it really special and memorable.
Bear's New Friend (Karma Wilson)
Who doesn't love bear, mouse, hare, raven, and wren? The vivid illustrations and charming rhyme are a sure winner with young children. In this story, Bear hears noises and has to figure out what animal it is. Who???? Whoooooo is it????
The Amazing Bone (William Steig)
This quirky story about Pearl the Pig won a Caldecott Honor in 1977. Pearl makes friends with a talking bone. In order to save herself, she must outwit the hungry fox. An old classic that will fascinate kids.