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Children's Literature

ESD-themed Books to Promote Literacy


Welcome to Resources for Rethinking’s searchable database of children’s books for young learners. This inventory is being created to assist teachers in their efforts to promote literacy through engaging stories that explore important sustainability themes. All of the materials featured have been reviewed by teachers and recommended for use with specific subjects and age groups.  The majority of these books will be available through your local library.

Browse our K to 12 literature catalogue. You can narrow your search by subject, grade level, curriculum unit or ESD theme using the search engine.

Please use the search engine form to the right to search  all ESD lesson plans by subject, grade, curriculum unit, and ESD theme or issue.

Partner Organizations

This database was launched with generous support from:

Public Health Agency of Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has the mission to promote and protect the health of Canadians through leadership, partnership, innovation and action in public health.

Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation was established to address the underfunding of Canadian school libraries and the literacy crisis. Love of Reading provides grants for the purchase of new books and education resources to high-needs elementary schools.

The Canadian Children's Book Centre

The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. They are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Their programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers.