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.
- 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
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 francescasanna.com.
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.
“Die cuts, flaps, and curved page contours yield surprises. . . . [and] MacLachlan’s language is evocative, a gift to the ear. . . [My Friend Earth is] an appreciation of various biomes and the creatures that abide therein. A beautifully designed ode to the planet—perfect for celebrating Earth Day or anytime.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“Newbery-winning author MacLachlan uses lyrical text to detail the activities of her friend Earth over the course of a year. . . . Francesca Sanna's (The Journey, 2016) upbeat and fanciful art flow from page to page. [A] perfect Earth Day story hour selection.”—Booklist
"[A] tender picture book. . . a dynamic reading experience. . . Surreal illustrations by Sanna, rendered in pencil, ink, and digital painting, use saturated hues—sages, teals, and rusts—to show Earth as both cause and effect: she becomes and rides on the wind, rains on and then wrings out sopping trees, before finally ‘waiting’ for another spring. A poetic entrée into Earth’s modes rendered with an appreciation for natural details.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review