Here are some fantastic titles that address environmental issues:
The Lost Rainforest: Mez’s Magic by Eliot Schrefer.
A young panther discovers she has the ability to cross the Veil and enter the daylight world.
Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History by Eric Chaline.
How animals, including horses, cats, dogs and dodo birds, have changed civilization.
Crunch by Leslie Connor.
Fourteen-year-old Dewey must juggle managing the family's bicycle repair business while sharing the household and farm duties with his siblings after a sudden energy crisis.
DeExtinction by Rebecca E. Hirsch.
Explores the pros and cons of trying to bring extinct species back into being.
The Last Wild Place by Rosa Jordan. Sixth-grader Chip discovers a family of Florida panthers in the marshy woods behind an abandoned farm and puts aside his own predicaments to find a safe home for the animals.
Moonbird by Philip Hoose.
Describes a year in the life of a small shorebird who has flown more miles than it takes to get to the moon, despite environmental changes in his route.
Scat by Carl Hiaasen.
Nick and Marta investigate the disappearance of their feared biology teacher after a fire breaks out in the Florida Everglades.
Gorillas Up Close by Christena Nippert-Eng.
Chronicles the lives of gorilla families at a zoo in Chicago.
Flush by Carl Hiaasen.
After their father is sent to prison, Noah and Abby set out to prove a floating casino is polluting Florida waters.
Saving the Buffalo by Albert Marrin.
Looks at how the buffalo almost became extinct and what has been done to save the species.
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.
Three Florida middle-school students go to great lengths to save a colony of burrowing owls from an illegal development.
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery.
Discusses the work of scientists studying Matschie’s tree kangaroo in the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea.
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer.
Fourteen-year-old Sophie visits her mother at an animal sanctuary for bonobos in the Congo, but must struggle to survive after revolution breaks out and she is forced to flee into the jungle. (YA)
Dry by Neal Shusterman.
A California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive. (YA)