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Librarians Love: Books That Go Green

YALSA-bk is a listserv with lively discussions among librarians, educators, and beyond about all things YA lit. Sometimes one listserv member will ask for help finding books around a certain theme or readalikes for a particular title. This post is a compilation of responses for one such request.

by flickr user jelinjer
by flickr user jelinjer

The original request
Does anyone have any recommendations for nonfiction titles for teens on environmental awareness/”going green”? So far I have Girls Gone Green and Generation Green, but I’d appreciate any other suggestions.


  • Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Flush by Carl Hiaasen
  • Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald
  • They Came From Below by Blake Nelson


  • Gaia Warriors by Nicola Davies
  • We Are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change by Tim Flannery
  • Girls Gone Green by Lynn Hirschfield
  • Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, and Wetlands by Cathryn Berger Kaye
  • MySpace OurPlanet: Change is Possible by the MySpace community with Jeca Taudte
  • Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices by Mindy Pennybacker
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition by Michael Pollan
  • Get Real by Mara Rockliff
  • The Green Teen: The Eco-Friendly Teen’s Guide to Saving the Planet by Jenn Savedge
  • A Teen Guide to Being Eco in Your Community by Cath Senker
  • Generation Green: Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen
  • Changing the World by Sharon Smith
  • The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement by Sharon Smith
  • Green My Parents by Adora Svitak and Jordan Howard
  • It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living by Crissy Trask

Professional titles

  • Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for YA Programming by Valerie Colston

Have more titles you think should belong on these lists? Add them on the YALSA wiki or leave a comment! Looking for more compiled booklists? Check out the YALSA wiki or other booklists here at The Hub.

— Gretchen Kolderup, currently reading The 100 by Kass Morgan

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