Book Recommendations


Below are recommended books for you. First grouping is Renewable Energy focused, second is more general. Feel free to send your suggestions to us as well.

Renewable Energy Related Books. Great for Sustainability Challenge:

For Students Ages 4-8:
Energy Makes Things Happen by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

For Students Ages 7-10
Energy For Today Series: These books are a series and explain different types of energy. Recommended for The books about fossil fuels do mention the renewability issues associated and talk about alternatives. Good foundation books for younger kids.

Solar Power (Energy for Today) by Tea Benduhn
Oil, Gas, and Coal (Energy for Today) by Tea Benduhn
Ethanol and Other Fuels (Energy for Today) by Tea Benduhn
Wind Power (Energy for Today) by Tea Benduhn
Water Power (Energy for Today) by Tea Benduhn
For Elementary – Middle School Teachers 2 books of projects:
Non-fiction stories for elementary school students:
Middle – High school level non-fiction book:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by William Kamkwamba

General sustainabilty related books geared toward elementary aged readers:

  • City of Ember, DePrau
  • What can you do with an old red shoe?, Alter
  • If the World were a Village, Smith
  • Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai, Napoli
  • The Water Hole, Base
  • Planting the trees of Kenya, Nivola
  • All the World, Scanlon
  • What’s so bad about gasoline?, Rockwell
  • First Light, Stead
  • The Curious Garden, Brown
  • Flush, Hiaasen
  • The Lorax, Seuss
  • If America Were A Village, Smith
  • The Great Paper Caper, Jeffers
  • Here comes the Garbage Barge!, Winter
  • The Magic School Bus, Climate Change, Cole
  • Meadowlands, Yezerski
  • The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, Kamkwamba
  • Plant A Little Seed, Christiansen
  • Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed The Wind And Changed Their World
  • Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers- Lauren Child
  • Compost Stew- Mary Siddals
  • Curious Garden- Peter Brown
  • Curious George Plants a Tree- H.A. Rey
  • Earth Book- Todd Parr
  • Giving Thanks- Jonathan London
  • Global Warming- Seymour Simon
  • Great Kapok Tree- Lynne Cherry
  • Growing Vegetable Soup- Lois Ehlert
  • I Can Save the Earth!- Alison Inches
  • Junkyard- Mike Austin
  • Just a Dream- Chris Van Allsburg
  • Recycle!- Gail Gibbons
  • The Earth and I- Frank Asch
  • The Listening Walk- Paul Showers
  • The Tree Lady- H. Joseph Hopkins