Celebrate Earth Day with Storytime, Games, & More

With the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to reflect on the planet and how to keep it healthy.  It’s a lesson for people of all ages, and you can never start the conversation with children too early. To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, even while staying home, we’ve pulled together a few resources that not only illustrate how beautiful planet Earth is, but also educates with environmentally-friendly messaging.   

This roundup of environmental themed movies, books, magazines and games are a fun and an educational way to show kids how to take care of the Earth. There are many ways to inspire families to help keep our planet clean! 

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss’s beloved story, printed on recycled paper, teaches kids to speak up and stand up for those who can’t. With a recycling-friendly “Go Green” message, The Lorax allows young readers to experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted, all in a story that is timely, playful, and hopeful. Also, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax movie is available to stream through amazon! 

My, Oh My–A Butterfly!

This story shares how with a little help from the Cat in the Hat, Sally and Dick observe a small miracle in their own backyard—the metamorphosis of an egg into a caterpillar into a chrysalis into a bright new butterfly! Readers will also follow the amazing migration of millions of monarchs.

I Can Name 50 Trees Today!

While stopping to admire some of the world’s most amazing trees, the Cat and Co. teach beginning readers how to identify different species from the shape of their crowns, leaves, lobes, seeds, bark, and fruit. Kids will learn about many trees common to North America.

If I Ran the Rain Forest

The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick for an “umbrella-vator” ride through the understory, canopy, and emergent layers of a tropical rain forest, encountering a host of plants, animals, and native peoples along the way.


Seussville, the website for all things Seuss, houses Dr. Seuss themed activities for parents and educators. These activities range from making colorful Truffula Tree Cakes to The Lorax Planter that teaches kids the importance of taking care of the environment.


An epic story of adventure, starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive, awaits you in Earth. Disneynature brings you a remarkable story, narrated by James Earl Jones, of three animal families on a journey across our planet – polar bears, elephants and humpback whales.

PBS Kids Nature Games

Play educational and nature-focused games with your PBS KIDS favorite characters. Games include “Nature Sketchpad” where you can draw what you see in nature and “Nature Changer” where you help animals find what they need to survive.

National Geographic Kids 

This special Earth Day issue of National Geographic Kids celebrates five animal success stories. Take a cool quiz to discover which of the comeback critters you’re most like, then get tips for protecting them. Next, meet 20 at-risk animals and find out what you can do to help. 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Planet Arcade Games

This arcade is a portal to games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes. It highlights the science and the activities of the (NOAA) and other agencies and organizations promoting environmental stewardship.

We are the Gardeners
by Joanna Gaines and Julianna Swaney

We are the Gardeners is a children’s book that chronicles how the famous Gaines family began their garden. The stars of the show Fix Upper narrate how it began with a fern Chip gave Jo, their adventures along the way and what they have learned. Young readers will love the warm story of their discovery for the love of gardening, and want to create their own successful gardens.

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january, 2021