Heroines & Heroes for the Planet: Books for Kids (and Adults)

Inspiring and empowering stories for young people about the triumphs, and actions we can take, in saving the planet.


Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet by Harriet Rohmer - A wonderfully rich selection of true stories, illustrating that people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and economic or educational levels can make a difference.
Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore - How a parrot species was brought back from the brink of extinction.
Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Kadir Nelson - Story of Wangari Muta Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement that empowered African people to fight deforestation by planting trees.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom & Michaela Goade - Inspired by #NoDAPL movement, and many Indigenous-led movements, across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water.
Saving Birds: Heroes Around the World by Peter Salmansohn and Peter W. Kress - A showcase of efforts to save endangered birds at six locations across the globe.
Native Defenders of the Environment by Vincent Schilling - Profiles of many Native activists working to protect the environment.
One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon -
Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and author of many award-winning books for children, young adults and adults. Before she began her writing career, she was a tenured professor of agricultural science. Many of her books reflect her love of nature, science, and the environment.