One of my favorite gifts to give would have to be books. That’s probably because I own a huge collection, and I’m the type that reads them over and over. Worth it to me to own them, rather than go to the library. Besides, my main love is science fiction, and some titles you just don’t see at the library very often.
But books to give people ideas on how they can help the environment are a great gift idea. The best ones give practical advice, or focus on a particular aspect that you know the person is interested in.
Green Books for Kids
Very subtle, and even people who aren’t interested in the environment are likely to read this one to their kids.
Earthways: Simple Environmental Activities for Young Children
Crafting ideas to do with kids that will encourage them to interact with nature. Many of the people who like this one seem to also be into homeschooling. But my daughter is in public school, and I’m still considering it for her.
An alphabet book using images of endangered animals.
Down-to-Earth Guide To Global Warming
Geared for kids ages 9-12, this book goes over global warming in a way kids can understand. There are some people who are understandably upset over an incorrect graph in the book, but the information is otherwise good.
Where Does the Garbage Go?
An early reader book that also helps kids to think about what happens to the things they throw in the trash. You could consider combining this with a trip to the dump so that children see the reality of it.
It’s All Connected: A Comprehensive Guide to Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions
A book good for teens to learn about sustainability. Goes over global issues and talks about people who have made a difference.
Green Books for Adults
The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists
Ever wonder if you’re making the right choices for the environement? Here’s help. Finally a way to make spending your money a little greener. I don’t have it yet, just found it while researching this post, but I’m going to get it.
Green for Life
For the vegan in your life. Lots of recipes to help inspire people trying this lifestyle. No, that’s still not me, but even with that I can see the value to this book.
The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time
While a lot of the tips are so simple I’ve been doing them for years, others may surprise you.
The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
Environmental changes mean changes in the weather, and that’s going to have a huge impact on just about everyone. He goes over what he thinks ought to be done, including actions he would like to see taken at the very end of the book.