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Environmental and Sustainability Education


Browse all environmentally-related reading materials and resources in the OISE Library by clicking here.

General Books

Books for Teachers

Picture Books

General Books

Abram, D. (1996). The spell of the sensuous. New York: Patheon Books.

Cajete, G. (1994). Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education. Colorado: Kivaki Press. 

Carson, R. (1965). The sense of wonder. New York: Harper & Row.

Collard, S. (2000). Acting for Nature: What Young People Around the World Are Doing to Protect the Environment. California: Heyday Books. 

Gruenewald, D. A., & Smith, G. A. (Eds.) (2008). Place-based education in the global age: Local Diversity. NY: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Hill, L. & Clover, D.  (Eds.) (2003). Environmental adult education: Ecological learning, theory, and practice for socioenvironmental change. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Kingsolver, B. (2008). Animal, vegetable, miracle: A year of food life. Harper Perennial.

Louv, R. (2005). Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books.

McDonough, W. and Braungart, M. (2002). Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we make things. New York: North Point Press.

McKibben, W. (1989). The end of nature. New York: Random House.

McKibben, W. (2009). Eaarth. New York: Random House.

Orr, D. (1992). Ecological literacy: Education and the transition to a postmodern world. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Palmer, J. A. (1998). Environmental education in the 21st century: Theory, practice, progress, and promise. London: Routledge. 

Pollan, M. (2007). The Omnivore’s Dilemna: A natural history of four meals. New York: Penguin Press.

Sobel, D. (2005). Beyond ecophobia: Reclaiming the heart in nature education. Great Barrington, MA: Orion Society

Thomashow, M. (1995). Ecological identity. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Webster, K. & Johnson, C. (2008). Sense and sustainability: educating for a low carbon world. United Kingdom: TerraPreta.

Westra, L. & Lawson, B. (2001). Faces of Environmental Racism: Confronting issues of environmental racism. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield Pub.

Books for Teachers

Broda, H. (2007).  Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8. Stenhouse Publishers.

Stone, M. (2009). Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability. Watershed Media.
Houghton, E. (2003).   A Breath of Fresh Air: Celebrating Nature and School Gardens. Toronto: The Learnx Foundation.
Cudato, M. & Bruchac, J. (1989). Keepers of the Earth: Native Stories and Environmental Activities for Children. Fifth House Publishers.
Grant, T. and Littlejohn, G. (2001). Eds. Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning. New Society Publishers and Green Teacher.
Grant, T. and Littlejohn, G. (2004). Teaching Green – The Middle Years: Hands-on Learning in Grades 6-8, Toronto: Green Teacher.
Grant, T. and Littlejohn, G. (2005). Teaching Green - The Elementary Years: Hands-on Learning in Grades K-5, Toronto: Green Teacher.
Lachecki, M.  (1991).  Teaching Kids to love the Earth: Sharing a Sense of Wonder through 186 Outdoor Activities. University of Minnesota Press.
Selby, D. (1995). Earthkind: A Teachers’ Handbook on Humane Education. Trentham Books.
Sobel, D. (2004). Place-based education: Connecting classrooms and communities. Great Barrington, MA: The Orion Society.
Sheehan, K. & Waidner, M.  (1994). Earth Child: Games, Stories, Activities, Experiments and Ideas about Living Lightly on Planet Earth. Council Oak Books.

Thomson, G. and Arlidge, S. (2000). Five Minute Field Trips: Teaching About Nature in Your Schoolyard.

Picture Books

Plants and Animals

Behn, Harry. (1992). Trees. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Bornstein, Ruth Lercher (1995). Rabbit's Good News. New York: Clarion Books.

Brown, Craig. (1994). In the Spring. New York: Greenwillow Books.

Brown, Ruth. (1997). Toad. New York: Dutton Children's Books.

Cowcher, Helen. (1997). Jaguar. New York: Scholastic Books.

Fleming, Denise. (1993). In the Small Small Pond. New York: Henry Holt.

Fleming, Denise. (1991). In the Tall Tall Grass. New York: Henry Holt.

Fleming, Denise. (1997). Time to Sleep. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Fromental, Jean-Luc. (2006). 365 Penguins. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers.

George, Lindsey Barrett. (1995). In the snow: Who's been here? New York: Greenwillow Books.

Glaser, Linda. (1992). Wonderful Worms. Brookfield CT: Millbrook Press.

Hall, Zoe. (1996). The Apple Pie Tree. New York: Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

King-Smith, Dick. (1993). All Pigs are Beautiful. Cambridge: Candlewick Press.

Muller, Gerda. (1991). Around the Oak. New York: Dutton Children's Books.

O'Callahan, Jay. (1996). Herman and Marguerite: An Earth Story. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishing.

O'Donnell, Elizabeth Lee. (1997). Winter Visitors. New York: Morrow Jr. Books.

Owens, Mary Beth. (1993). Counting Cranes. Boston: Little Brown and Co.

Pfeffer, Wendy. (1997). A Logs' Life. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Polacco, Patricia. (1996). I Can Hear the Sun. A Modern Myth. New York: Philomel Books.

Silverstein, Shel. (1964). The Giving Tree. Harpercollins Juvenile Books.

Whitman, Candace. (1995). The Night is Like an Animal. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

Willard, Nancy. (1993). A Starlit Somersault Downhill. Boston: Little Brown and Company.

Yolen, Jane. (1987). Owl Moon. New York: Philomel Books.


Arnosky, Jim. (1997). Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Baker, Jeannie. (1991). Window. New York: Greenwillow Books.

Carlson, Nancy White. (1993). How Does the Wind Walk? New York: Macmillan.

Christian, Peggy. (2000). If You Find A Rock. San Diege: Harcourt.

Cole, Sheila. (1991). When the Rain Stops. New York: Lothrop, Lee Shepard Books.

Ehlert, Lois. (2002). In My World. San Diego: Harcourt Brace.

George, Jean Craighead. (1995). To Climb a Waterfall. New York: Philomel Books.

Holling, Holling C. (1941). Paddle to the Sea. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

Luenn, Nancy. (1992). Mother Earth. New York: Atheneum.

MacLachlan, Patricia. (1994). All the Places to Love. New York: Harper Collins.

Zolotow, Charlotte. (1995). When the Wind Stops. Harpercollins Juvenile Books.


Ehlert, Lois. (1995). Snowballs. San Diego: Harcourt Brace.

George, Jean Craighead. (1993). Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here. New York: Harper Collins.

Hiscock, Bruce. (1995). When Will it Snow? New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Peters, Lisa Westberg. (1991). Water's Way. New York: Arcade Publishing.

Peters, Lisa Westberg (1996). October Smiled Back. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Siddals, Mary McKenna. (1997). Tell me a Season. New York: Clarion Books.

Conservation/Environmental Sustainability

Allsburg, Chris Van. (1990). Just a Dream. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.

Bang, Molly (1997). Common ground: The Water, Earth and Air We Share. New York: Blue Sky Press.

Bunting, Eve. (1996). Secret Place. New York: Clarion Books.

Cherry, Lynn. (1990). The Great Kapok Tree. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

DeFelice, Cynthia. (1994). Lostman's River. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Fleming, Denise. (1996). Where Once There Was a Wood. New York: Henry Holt & Co.

Fife, Dale H. (1991). The Empty Lot. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.

George, Jean Craighead. (1993). The Firebug Connection. An Ecological Mystery. New York: Harper Collins.

Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. (1995). Washing the Willow Tree Loon. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Showers, Paul. (1994). Where Does the Garbage Go? Harpercollins Juvenile Books.

Seuss, Dr. (1971). The Lorax. New York: Random House.


Albert, Richard E. (1994). Alejandro's Gift. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

Glaser, Linda. (1996). Compost! Growing Gardens from your Garbage. Brookfield CT: Millbrook Press.

Tamar, Erika. (1996). The Garden of Happiness. Harcourt Brace.


Brenner, Barbara (1994). The Earth Is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems About Our Planet. New York: Scholastic Trade.

DePaola, Tomie. (1988). The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. New York: Punam.

Durell, Ann, George, Jean Craighead, and Paterson, Katherine, eds. (1993). The Big Book for the Planet. New York: Dutton Children's Books.

Foster, Leila M. (1990). The Story of Rachel Carson and the Environmental Movement. Chicago: Children's Press.

Jenkins, Steve. (1995). Looking Down. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Johnson, Donald B. (2003). Henry Climbs a Mountain. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Jonas, Ann. (1990). Round Trip. New York: Mulberry Books.



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