By Erika Qualls Barnett

Earth Day is an annual event to bring awareness to the environment and our role in preserving it for future generations. Since 1970, the U.S. government has recognized the importance of Earth Day by hosting momentous events during that time. A global climate summit will take place on Earth Day 2021. For more information about Earth Day and this year’s celebration, visit Earth Day: The Official Site.

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library will host virtual programs, blog posts, displays, and book lists during the month of April to celebrate our Earth.  


The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Simple text and illustrations show how children can help protect the Earth.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

A boy discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.

The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen

A little girl’s creativity, dedication, and imagination turn a vacant city lot into a beautiful community garden.

How to Change Everything: the Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other by Naomi Klein

An empowering, engaging young reader’s guide to understanding and battling climate change from the expert and bestselling author of This Changes Everything and On Fire, Naomi Klein.


Dry by Neal Shusterman

A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa’s quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

A collection of illustrated short stories, each one about the relationship of humans and the animals, both wild and domestic, that share the urban environment of the inner city.


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

An inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished professor of science and a Native American whose previous book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

In this book, Carson discusses her findings and expresses passionate concern for the future of the planet and all the life inhabiting it, calling on us all to act responsibly, carefully, and as stewards of the living earth.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

These descriptions and more information about these titles can be found on the EVPL catalog.

Erika Qualls Barnett

Erika Qualls Barnett

Erika is a cardigan-loving Hufflepuff that enjoys the Cubs, reading, and walks with her husband.

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