In 2015 world leaders meeting at the UN committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals, for the next 15 years. In addition to the materials highlighted here, please see already existing resources on our website.


Sustainable Development Goals – United Nations Full, colorful and clearly stated chart (good for display) of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change.

Child-friendly learning materials | The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development    Child-friendly downloadable materials, and a link to The World’s Largest Lesson, a partnership with UNICEF and Project Everyone. Also teacher-created lesson plans and materials addressing the Sustainable Development Goals pk-12, comics pages for each of the 17 goals (great for display) and an animated video of a teacher-student discussion of the SDGs set in a primary grade classroom

The Global Goals Teaching resources originating in the UK aiming to bring the SDGs to every classroom in the world. Includes lesson plans that can be customized, case studies and background information. Explains how the global dimension fits into the school curriculum and how it can be taught through every subject.

Edible Schoolyard –founded by chef Alice Waters to assist educators worldwide in building and sharing an edible education curriculum.   Creative Change Educational Solutions – Provides 3-5 days on site professional development w/ongoing coaching and planning assistance, and a site license to their Curriculum Resource Center, a subscription based digital library of resources with lesson plans tied to common core standards.

A Place at the Table – feature documentary showing the relationship between poverty and hunger in America, its serious economic, social, and cultural implications for the nation, and the struggle for the political will to make healthy food available and affordable. See the trailer at


Picture This! Food by Karen Bryant-Mole. Crystal Lake, IL: Rigby Education, 1977.   Contains colorful sections on farms, vegetables, fruit, milk, foods from around the world, foods for growth, foods for energy and keeping healthy by avoidance of too much sugar, fat etc. There is also a small glossary.

A Thirst for Home by Christine Ieronimo. Walker Books for Young Readers, 2014.  The true story of a mother in Ethiopia who sacrifices her young daughter to adoption in the US, in order to provide her with food, water and a better life.

What Happens To Our Trash? by D.J. Ward. NY: Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2012. Part of the Let’s Read and Find Out Series, this will work for both primary and intermediate students. Step by step-Informative and well illustrated.

Where Does The Garbage Go? by Paul Showers. NY: Harper Collins, 1974/94. Part of the same series as the book above, they work well together. The story of what people did with waste before recycling.

Why Can’t I See the Wind: First Questions and Answers About Weather. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books for Children. What is fog? Why is it cooler at night? Where does ice on windows come from? Why does thunder come after lightning? What is hail? When can I see a rainbow? etc.


The Top Ten Ways You Can Eat Green.  2011  Media enhanced books that support active learning. In addition to text, this will give you access to video, audio, web links, interactive games, quizzes, a slide show, activities and hands-on experiments. Others in the Little Green Books series include  Build Green, Green Ideas, Green Refuse and Waste (see below) and Travel Green.

Green Refuse and Waste  This is all about rescuing, reusing and recycling, food waste, the problem with plastics, using less water, composting and 10 ways to make your home green. Contains many bright and colorful visuals.

The Incredible Journey to the Depths of the Ocean: An epic voyage from the seashore to the bottom of the deepest trench by Nicholas Harris & Gary Hinch. NY: Peter Bedrick Books, 1999. Explores the continental shelf, abyssal plain, coral reef, mid-ocean ridge etc. Includes a glossary and list for further reading.

Oceanology: The True Account of the Voyage of the Nautilus  Part of a series @  A wonderful pop-up book for older kids based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Our Environment Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Student Library. Addresses cycles of life, biodiversity, the food chain, adaptation, climate change, forests, grasslands, wetlands, deserts, mountains, the Arctic habitats and endangered species.

Weather by Brian Cosgrove. NY: Alfred Knopf, 1981 Illustrated with photos. Everything you ever wanted to know about weather, and how it’s forecast.

Tidal Waves and Flooding  by Michael Flaherty. Brookfield CT: Copper Beech Books, 1998. Clear text, photos, diagrams, glossary and chronology of major tidal waves & floods. Explains the water cycle, tsunamis, river floods and counter measures, and ends with myths and legends, including Noah’s Ark.

100 Things You Should Know About Planet Earth by Peter Riley. NY: Barnes & Noble, 2006. Where did the earth come from? Spinning cycles, inside the earth, fossils, volcanoes, earthquakes. Contains puzzles, quizzes, fun facts, cartoons, projects and experiments – making crystals from salt water, creating a geyser, making your own compass and creating volcanic reactions.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma : The Secrets Behind What You Eat (Young Reader’s Edition) by Michael Pollan. NY: Dial Books,2009. Based on his NY Times best-seller for adults. Best for Middle School and above.  Encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices. For adults see also Pollan’s In Defense of Food, Penguin, 2008. His philosophy: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. And nothing your great –grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”

The War on Hunger: Dealing with Dictators, Deserts and Debt by Ron Fitdell. Brookfield CT: Twenty-First Century Books, 2003.  Addresses hunger and poverty, hunger and the environment, hunger and politics, hunger and the use of force, and hunger in the US/ how you can help. Young adult.

Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home by Michelle Mulder.2014. Why the world’s water resources are at risk and how communities globally are finding innovative ways to quench their thirst and water their crops. Also, by this author Brilliant – a welcoming introduction to alternative energy.


Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Robert Paarlberg (2nd. Ed.) 2013. Challenges myths and reflects research on the global food landscape –food aid, obesity, retailing, food safety & more, including the links between water, climate change and food. See also

Food Politics: How the Food Industry influences Nutrition and Health, & Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety by Marion Nestle. All are available on Amazon.

Unless we act now: The impact of climate change on children. A report that looks at how children, particularly the most vulnerable, are affected and what concrete steps need to be taken to protect them.


Food and Water Watch – An advocacy group working to ban fracking  and genetically modified foods, publishes a consumer’s guide to food

The Earth Institute at Columbia University – Publishes a guide to educational programs on the environment and sustainable development, an annual report on the state of the planet, and The Economist Magazine

Share Our Strength – Their ‘No Kid Hungry’ campaign connects children in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national