Annotated Bibliography on Climate Change for Young People
Nature, Biodiversity, Extreme Weather and the Climate Crisis
The books in this bibliography are for teachers, parents, counselors, librarians, and anyone dealing with the rising anxieties about climate among young people everywhere. The stories are multicultural, include strong female as well as male characters, and a few are available in other languages. Stories have been selected that model values such as cooperation, reflection and mutual respect.
Stories for the younger children emphasize our place in an inter-dependent natural world and introduce weather events such as hurricanes, floods and extreme heat. Stories for Grades 3 -5 include children who help protect other species or ecosystems, and stories where children experience severe weather events safely. Lists include climate heroes/ecosystem restorers such as Wangari Matthai, John Todd, as well as ordinary citizens and children.
Novels in the Grade 6 – 8 list have main characters who experience or are aware of problems with pollution and extreme weather who are consciously trying to make a difference. Novels in the Grades 9 – 12 group include stories about surviving after extreme events, searching for friends and families, and living in a changed world. These are inspiring, not dystopian, novels.
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