Booklist: Children's Books about our awesome Earth

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Our incredible Planet Earth is home to a myriad of plants, animals and humans and is the third planet from the Sun. Filled with an incredible diversity of ecosystems, habitats and natural wonders, there's plenty to inspire curious learners. From mountains and deserts to oceans and waterfalls, take a trip around the globe to explore the Earth's wonders with our selection of recommended children's books to support the topics of Awesome Earth...

Paper World: Planet Earth
Paper World: Planet Earth
Ruth Symons & Bomboland
Non-fiction

Planet Earth uses ingenious paper cuts to reveal the amazing details of our planet, from bubbling volcanoes to rushing rivers to its boiling hot interior. With detailed art by paper-cut studio Bomboland, a fact-packed text, and flaps and die-cuts on every spread, this unique novelty book will appeal to all.

Adventures on Earth
Adventures on Earth
Simon Tyler
Non-fiction

Graphic illustrator Simon Tyler explores the extremes of our planet - and the people who venture there - in his bold and colourful style. Learn about the highest and deepest, hottest and coldest places on Earth - travel to the extremes of our environment. Discover the world's most wild terrain - deserts, mountains, volcanoes, rivers, jungles, oceans, the polar regions and more - as well as the animals that live there and the people who have explored them. Find out how these regions are under threat from global warming and other issues, and learn what we can do to conserve them.

Bursting with information and illustrated in bold and colourful graphics, this book will grab the attention of all avid explorers - big and small.

Poems from a Green and Blue Planet
Poems from a Green and Blue Planet
Sabrina Mahfouz
Poetry book

This stunning collection of new and classic poems from around the world celebrates the diversity of life on our green and blue planet, to be shared with all the family. 

Meet the birds circling its skies, the beasts prowling its plains, and the people toiling in its fields and forests and cities... Explore all the worlds that make up our world, and hear the voices, past and present, that sing out from it. From haikus to sonnets, from rap to the Romantics, this joyous collection celebrates life in all corners of our beautiful planet.

Here We Are : Notes for Living on Planet Earth
Here We Are : Notes for Living on Planet Earth
Oliver Jeffers
Picturebook

We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you've only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let's explore what makes our planet and how we live on it.
From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you'll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else...
Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you've just got to be kind. Here We Are is the utterly heartfelt new book from Oliver Jeffers. We're glad you found it. Book and CD

Sona Sharma, Looking After Planet Earth
Sona Sharma, Looking After Planet Earth
Chitra Soundar & Jen Khatun
Short chapter book

ona Sharma combats climate change. When Sona learns about the climate crisis at school and is very worried that no one is doing enough to combat it, she takes up the challenge herself. But Appa isn't amused when Sona throws out her baby sister's nappies and Thatha isn't happy when she tells him to get rid of his colour-coded plastic files.
When Sona learns that many of the kolams - the traditional art that people draw in front of their homes to celebrate the winter months and the festival season - are not organic, she sets out to make some big changes by getting everyone involved.

The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth
The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth
Rachel Ignotofsky
Non-fiction

An illustrated tour of our planet's ecosystems both large and small, from reefs, deserts and rainforests to a single drop of water.
Through exquisite illustrations, maps and infographics, bestselling author Rachel Ignotofsky explains how our planet works, from its incredible ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there to the importance of biodiversity , weather cycles and more. Including information on the dangers of climate change and ideas for how to protect Planet Earth, this utterly charming guide is the perfect gift for all nature-loving readers on the planet we call home.

My Friend Earth
My Friend Earth
Patricia MacLachlan & Francesca Sanna
Picturebook

Our friend Earth does so many wonderful things! She tends to animals large and small. She pours down summer rain and autumn leaves. She sprinkles whisper-white snow and protects the tiny seeds waiting for spring.
Readers of all ages will pore over the pages of this spectacular book. Its enticing die-cut pages encourage exploration as its poetic text celebrates everything Earth does for us, all the while reminding us to be a good friend in return.

Earth is Big
Earth is Big
Steve Tomecek & Marcos Farina
Non-fiction

Earth is big! (compared to a frog) Earth is small! (when it's hiding in a galaxy) And that's not all. Earth is wet and dry, hot and cold, round and jagged, fast and slow. You get the idea.
It depends how you look at it! Get to know our planet in a whole new way by comparing it to a huge variety of other incredible things - from tiny particles to giant star clusters. Did you know soap bubbles are some of the roundest objects in the universe? Or that we humans are totally outnumbered by chickens? Or that the driest desert on Earth isn't scorching but freezing? Tour some of the most extreme places on the planet and beyond it, take a look at life forms from bacteria to elephants to redwood trees and explore what makes our planet the perfect home for us. You'll never see Earth the same way again!

How Does Chocolate Taste on Everest?
How Does Chocolate Taste on Everest?
Leisa Stewart-Sharpe & Aaron Cushley
Non-fiction

You're off on the expedition of a lifetime to experience the sights, sounds, smells, feelings and tastes of the world's most extreme places. Have you ever wondered what the buzz of the rainforest sounds like on a trek through the Amazon? Or how it would feel to experience the biting cold as you voyage across Antarctica? Or how about how chocolate would taste on Mount Everest?
From every heart-bursting sight to tummy-lurching bite, this is a truly immersive round-the-world adventure, where YOU are the explorer.

What a Wonderful World
What a Wonderful World
Leisa Stewart-Sharpe & Lydia Hill
Non-fiction

From the author of the BBC's children's book Blue Planet II, this book takes you on a breathtaking tour of our planet - from towering mountaintops, through grasslands, jungles, rivers, deserts, polar wildernesses and into the blue ocean - to discover the incredible variety of life that calls it home. Along the way, read the stories of 35 inspiring Earth Shakers - children and adults, from tree-planters to scientists, from all around the world - who have taken action to protect it.

Plus, there are lots of practical tips and handy resources inside that give you the tools to make a positive change today. Every budding young activist will be inspired to make a change for a better future.

Planet Earth mazes
Planet Earth mazes
Sam Smith
Interactive non-fiction

Discover the wonders of life on Earth as you find your way through this selection of mazes. Each maze is more challenging than the last, from navigating rainforests and piles of recycling to climbing mountains and avoiding monsoons. A brilliant way to learn about our planet, with all the answers at the back of the book.

King of the Cloud Forests
King of the Cloud Forests
Michael Morpurgo
Chapter book

If you are looking for a gripping novel  on the theme of mountains, this one could be for you. This story, from the popular children's author Michael Morpurgo, recounts the perilous journey of Ashley and his Uncle Sung across the Himalayan Mountains as they battle for survival.

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