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My Friend Earth: (Earth Day Books with Environmentalism Message for Kids, Saving
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My Friend Earth: (Earth Day Books with Environmentalism Message for Kids, Saving Planet Earth, Our Planet Book) Hardcover - 2020

by Patricia MacLachlan; David Diaz (Illustrator); Francesca Sanna (Illustrator)

From the publisher

Perfect for Earth Day--and every day!--this spectacular picture book is a valentine to our wonderful planet from the Newbery Award-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall. Our friend Earth does so many wonderful things! She tends to animals large and small. She pours down summer rain and autumn leaves. She sprinkles whisper-white snow and protects the tiny seeds waiting for spring. Readers of all ages will pore over the pages of this children's book that is bursting with color and texture. Its enticing pages feature clever cut-outs, flaps, and curved contours that encourage exploration as its poetic text celebrates everything Earth does for us, all the while reminding us to be a good friend in return. TOUCH AND LEARN: An interactive format and kid-friendly art will engage young readers as they explore our unique home in the universe. EVERYDAY IS EARTH DAY: This beautiful celebration of the natural world is also a timely rallying cry for positive action for saving Planet Earth. CREATIVE APPROACH: Great opportunity to share life science concepts and amazing facts about the environment with children.
Perfect for:

  • Earth books for kids from toddler to preschool and grade school
  • Parents, grandparents, and caregivers seeking a new Earth Day book to share
  • Teachers and librarians looking for climate change books for kids, stories for boys and girls who love space and the solar system, or books that explore the science and wonder of nature
  • Fans of Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers, Hello, World! by Jill McDonald, Chris Ferrie's Baby University board books, and The Last Kids on Earth book series and Netflix show


  • Title My Friend Earth: (Earth Day Books with Environmentalism Message for Kids, Saving Planet Earth, Our Planet Book)
  • Author Patricia MacLachlan; David Diaz (Illustrator); Francesca Sanna (Illustrator)
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Pages 44
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Chronicle Books
  • Date 2020-02-25
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Illustrated
  • ISBN 9780811879101 / 0811879100
  • Weight 0.9 lbs (0.41 kg)
  • Dimensions 11.1 x 9.1 x 0.4 in (28.19 x 23.11 x 1.02 cm)
  • Ages 03 to 05 years
  • Grade levels P - K
  • Library of Congress subjects Toy and movable books, Seasons
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2019006172
  • Dewey Decimal Code E

Media reviews


  • Booklist, 03/01/2020, Page 51
  • Publishers Weekly, 03/09/2020, Page 0
  • School Library Journal, 04/01/2020, Page 118

About the author

Francesca Sanna grew up on the Italian island of Sardinia. She studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Academy of Art and Design in Lucerne. Her book The Journey received five starred reviews and was lauded by the New York Times and the Guardian. Francesca currently lives in Zurich, but you can visit her at Patricia MacLachlan is an acclaimed author who has written dozens of books--from picture books to novels--including the Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall, and the Barkus series also published by Chronicle Books. She lives in western Massachusetts.