Book Review: Crinkleroot’s Guide to Giving Back to Nature by Jim Arnosky

Explaining environmental issues to children can be challenging, but because it is such an important subject, many parents want some help figuring out how to integrate environmental consciousness into their children’s daily lives. There are lots of books out there to help parents in this area, and I’m going to highlight one such book today: Crinkleroot’s Guide to Giving Back to Nature by Jim Arnosky. Thanks to the TD Friends of the Environment grant, we now have two copies of this great book.


This latest book in the Crinkleroot series help introduce children to nature and is full of great activities for families. It uses a picture book format so it is especially kid-friendly. Crinkleroot, born in a tree and raised by bees, acts as a guide to interested readers, highlighting different aspects to the wildlife that they can find in their own backyard. Each page brings the reader’s attention to different parts of nature. On one page, Crinkleroot tells readers that lots of animals can live in wild grass, like spiders, bees, sparrows, etc. He then invites children to identify these creatures in the colourful picture on the next page; what’s better than an engaging book that also helps kids learn? The guide demonstrates how to plant trees, how to release a fish unharmed, and in general, how to give back to nature while entirely avoiding a heavy-handed tone.

Take a look the next time you’re in the library, and you won’t be disappointed.