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Green Living: Books and Videos for Kids

Resources to help you green your home and make better environmental decisions.

YouTube Videos

YouTube is an excellent resource for short videos for kids. Some useful search terms include:

  • Conservation
  • Kids
  • Children
  • Recycling
  • Environment

Videos at Your Local Library

Your local library is another great resource for children's movies about conservation and the environment. Below is a sample. Search your local library's catalog for the following subject headings to locate more films like these (or ask your favorite librarian for recommendations):

  • Environmentalism -- Juvenile films
  • Biodiversity conservation -- Juvenile films
  • Recycling (Waste, etc.) -- Juvenile films

Picture Books

There are many excellent picture books that deal with nature and ecology. Most of the picture books listed below deal specifically with waste and recycling. To locate picture books with nature themes, search your library's catalog for the following subject headings:

  • Environmental protection -- Juvenile literature
  • Ecology -- Juvenile literature

For a list of environmental novels for teens and adults, see Environmental Novels: An Annotated Bibliography.