Jennifer Fontaine – This is what I said People who care for the earth in the future are children. Children should learn to appreciate and care for nature from a young age, so why not help them do that by reading books that are both beautiful and interesting?
It’s important to talk about important issues like how we can help save our natural resources, how to look inside ecosystems, and how to show love, compassion, and inclusion in nature books for kids. This list of books gently touches on these important topics.
These children’s books are some of our favorite nature books for kids, chosen by our editorial team to help your child become a naturalist. It also helps people find a reason and a passion for exploring and connecting with nature. Happy reading, everyone!
This Is Sadie
by Sara O’Leary 32 pages. Ages 3-7
As a child, Sadie has many ideas. As a girl, she lived under the sea and was raised by wolves. She has been to Wonderland and the world of fairytales. When she’s alone, she whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to the birds in the trees above her. They let her go anywhere she wants, but they always bring her back. A lot of what she likes to do is make things. She likes making boats out of boxes and castles out of cushions. That’s why Sadie loves stories more than anything else. You can make them from nothing at all. For Sadie, the world is full of so many great chances. It’s Sadie’s story.
The Tea Party in the Woods
by Akiko Miyakoshi 32 pages. Ages 3-7
It turns out that Kikko’s father has forgotten the pie he was supposed to take to her grandmother’s house. She wants to try and catch him as he makes his way through the woods. She quickly runs after her father’s footprints in the snow and comes across a big house she has never seen before. Kikko is curious, so she looks out the window. She is startled by a small lamb in a coat and a purse. When the lamb asks her in a kind voice, “Are you here for the tea party?” It turns out that Kikko’s trip through the woods has become very special, and she doesn’t even know it.
Akiko Miyakoshi, an award-winning author and illustrator, has written and illustrated a new fairy tale picture book that is sure to be a hit with kids. In this book, the art is mostly black and white, but sometimes red or yellow is used to help readers find their way through the pages. It’s easy for kids to connect with Kikko, because she has a mix of courage and reluctance, as well as a curious nature. The many unexpected twists and turns of her journey keep the suspense going.
The ambiguous ending, in which it’s not clear if Kikko made the tea party or if the animals just went back to the woods, is a great chance for kids to say what they think happened. This book could also start classroom discussions about how kids have felt when they’ve been trusted with big jobs.
A Walk in the Forest
by Maria Dek 48 pages. Ages 3-6
For example, you can pick up pinecones, feathers, or stones, or you can follow the trail of a deer. You can also hear the birds and the trees whispering and play with the leaves. The two of you should build a shelter and play hide-and-seek inside it. If you want to make the woods look like a jungle, pretend they are, or shout out loud to get the birds excited. Photos and words by Maria Dek make the forest come to life in all its mysterious beauty.
Because of an Acorn
by Lola M. Schaefer 36 pages. Ages 5-6
There are many things that happen because of an acorn, like a tree, a bird, and a flower. Enchanting die-cuts show how important it is to connect the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Take a stroll through the forest to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal is linked together in spiraling circles of life. People start with an acorn.
by James Rumford 32 pages. Ages 4-7
It’s a book by James Rumford, a Peace Corps volunteer who lived in Chad for a long time. He fills these pages with vibrant ink and pastel colors from Africa and the simple words of an African poet to show how important learning is in this country where only a few children can go to school.
Flowers Are Calling
by Rita Gray 32 pages. Ages 4-7
They want everyone else to drink their nectar, but it’s the pollinators who get to eat it all first. This book shows us how plants, animals, and insects all work together to keep the forest alive. It’s written in rhyming verse and has beautiful illustrations.
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?
by Rita Gray 32 pages. Ages 4-7
Woodpecker: “Cuk-cuk-cuk.” There is a song that Starling is singing. But have you heard the bird that’s building a nest? There is a lot of quiet in this book because a mama bird is waiting for her eggs to hatch. We hear all the different bird calls in contrast to that.
In this book, the back matter is in the form of an interview, so that readers can learn more right from the bird’s bill.
Young naturalists will enjoy Ken Pak’s lively illustrations and Rita Gray’s words to make a picture book that looks and sounds great. Now you can buy the book on paper.
The Road Home
by Katie Cotton 32 pages. Ages 5-7
This picture book is both fierce and tender. It shows the journeys of woodland animals as they try to find a safe place to call home in a wild and unpredictable world. Birds put their lives at risk to fly south for the winter. To stay warm and safe, rabbits run away from wolves and go into the burrows to stay there. The threat of hunger makes wolves rush to their dens.
Everyone is a parent. They are teaching their kids how to stay safe in a dangerous world. A parent and child’s bond grows stronger as each animal finds a place to call home with them. For someone who likes soft and beautiful art, this book is a good gift. It’s about the fierce beauty of life and the love that we find as we look for our way home.
Once Upon a Northern Night
by Jean E. Pendziwol 32 pages. Ages 4-7
Lullaby: The beauty and wonder of a northern winter night come to life in this beautiful song. It shows images of a soft snowfall, wild animals in the garden, twinkling stars, gentle northern lights rhythm, and frost on the window pane.
They are wrapped up in a downy blanket as they sleep. As one snowflake falls, the next one comes. Poem: The poem talks about a forest of pine trees covered in snow. A deer and her fawn eat a frozen apple, and a big gray bird of prey flies by. In the middle of the night, a little fox keeps an eye on two snowshoe hares who play and scamper around. A tiny mouse runs around in search of food for the night. When the snow clouds are gone, the sky is lit up with stars and the northern lights shimmer in the sky. All of this is framed by the frost on the window.
Jean E. Pendziwol wrote a lyrical poem about the magic of a northern winter night where, even as a child sleeps, the world outside doesn’t stop but keeps going at its own pace.
As a result of Isabelle Arsenault’s simple, beautiful drawings, we feel like we, too, are in awe of the magic of the night sky in the north. They also make you think of the cozy warmth and security of a child’s sleep in the middle of the winter.
You Belong Here
by M.H. Clark 32 pages. Ages 5-6
The stars and the moon belong in the sky at night, and so do the winds. I belong with you. Isabelle Arsenault, an award-winning artist, did the illustrations for this classic bedtime book.
There are plants and animals all over the world on the pages. They show kids that they are right where they belong. Beautiful for new babies, adoptive families, and kids of all ages, this title is a great choice.
The Bug Club
by Elise Gravel 56 pages. Ages 6 and up
In The Bug Club, Elise Gravel talks about all of her favorite and most interesting facts about bugs. Some of them are so unique and strange that you could almost picture them living in space!
A lot of people already know that spiders have eight eyes. But how about the caterpillar? How many points does this group have over them? Twelve! No, I didn’t know that mosquitoes are drawn to smelly feet. She has hair on her eyes. Butterfly feet can also act as noses. They also have ears on their bellies. These are just a few of the many things about bugs that make them so enchanting to us. Her curiosity and charm shine through the pages as she takes us on a journey through her mind. and the natural wonders that are right outside our front doors.
The Little Gardener
by Emily Hughes 40 pages. Ages 3-7
Enjoy this year’s updated edition of The Little Gardener, which has a new cover that looks great!
There was once a little gardener who loved his garden so much that it was everything to him. He worked very hard (or at least he felt he was).
Emily Hughes, the author of the best-selling book Wild, moves away from the big-haired Wild-girl of her first book and pursues a smaller-than-life Gardener in this gentle, beautiful story. It shows us how important it is to keep trying, no matter how bad the odds are.
With delicately woven tapestries of illustrated magic, Hughes once again takes us to a world that isn’t like our own, but still full of fantasy and wonder, like in the first book.