Books – Environment


Aani and the Tree Huggers
Based on a true story from India in the 1970s. Aani and her community rely on the trees in their forest for their survival. When men come and start cutting down the trees, Aani takes drastic action to save the trees…and her village. Teaching guides available here.

  • Author: Jeannine Atkins
  • Source: Lee & Low Books, 1995
  • Grade Level: Upper elementary
  • Subject Area: science, ecology

A River Ran Wild

An environmental history of the Nashua River, from its discovery by Indians through the polluting years of the Industrial Revolution to the ambitious clean-up that revitalized it. Lesson plans available from ScholasticReadWriteThink.

  • Author: Lynn Cherry
  • Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1992
  • Grade Level: upper elementary
  • Subject Area: Science, social studies, geography, ecology

Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis
Provides a clear, well-documented, and popularly written refutation of the idea that “overpopulation” is a major cause of environmental destruction, arguing that a focus on human numbers not only misunderstands the causes of the crisis, but dangerously weakens the movement for real solutions. Challenges modern overpopulation theory clearly and comprehensively, providing invaluable insights for activists and environmental scholars alike.

  • Authors Ian Angus and Simon Butler
  • Source: Haymarket Books
  • Grade level: high school – adult