Books take us on adventures that help our imaginations soar beyond our everyday lives. With Earth Day coming up on April 22, it’s the perfect time to teach kids about loving the planet and reminding them that they can take care of Mother Earth in so many ways. What better gift for your kiddo this Earth Day than a book that teaches them to be stewards for mother nature and empowers them to make a difference with their small hands every day? We’ve found heartwarming fiction and nonfiction gems paired up with real-life outings to help you explore nature with your kids. Click through the slideshow for a fun exploration, where reading and adventure go side by side.

Attend an Earth Day Event

Read This: The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Parr’s book, printed entirely with recycled materials, promotes a joyful love for Mother Earth. His simplistic, vivid illustrations of smiling kiddos sharing their hearts and what they love about the earth helps young ones make the connection between themselves and all creatures who share the earth. A pullout poster at the back of the book lists ten simple things kids can do to protect the earth every day.

Do This: Attend a local Earth Day event. Join forces with like-minded families and build community that makes a positive difference for our world. The largest San Diego Earth Day event is Earth Fair Apr. 17 in Balboa Park. For a more low-key event, we recommend Alta Vista Garden's Earth Day Festival on Apr. 9 in Vista. This event is filled with kid-friendly activities to celebrate Mother Earth.

Photo: Alta Vista Garden

What’s your favorite book that celebrates the earth? Do you have fun activities you do as a family?

— Cherie Gough