This Earth Day, consider the power that the spare prose and arresting illustrations of children’s literature have in delivering a message.  Children’s books have the ability to teach us a thing or two about the delicate dance that happens between us and our planet. Here are five of the most visually stunning children’s books to celebrate Earth Day:

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

The Lorax combines intense visuals (think bright pink and yellow truffula trees) and lessons that rhyme—a classic tale about saving Mother Earth.

I’ll Follow the Moon written by Stephanie Lisa Tara, illustrated by Lee Edward Fodi

Awash in images of sea turtles amidst calm and serene blue waters, this story highlights the strong bond between a mother and child and focuses on an endangered species.

The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree, written and illustrated by Robb N. Johnston

A woodcutter visits a tree during each of the four seasons and the tree repeatedly uses her wits to avoid the axe. In the end, the woodcutter finds the tree in a very vulnerable state and the unexpected happens.

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Leider

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Amazing nature photography shows the role of each creature in our earth’s ecosystem.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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This classic tale about a special relationship between a young boy and a generous tree is filled with heartwarming sketches by one of the most popular children’s authors of our time.