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20 Children’s Books about Nature

There are so many great nature books for children out there, and we have decided to share some of our favorites with you. This post does contain some affiliate links, however we do personally recommend these books and have many of them in our playroom now. Our son has recently shown a huge interest in nature, so nature books are something we have been reading daily in our home.
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We hope you enjoy this awesome list of quality children’s books about nature! If you have any personal favorites, we would love to hear about them in the comments!

Nature Books for Kids

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees– Learn all about trees with Old Mr Crinkleroot. Learn about forest ecology and different types of trees while enjoying beautiful watercolor illustrations. Our kids have always loved Mr. Crinkleroot!

Diary of a Worm – This is a silly book about the life of a worm. It will make your kids (and probably you) laugh, while opening up questions and conversations about how worms are helpful to the earth and our soil.

Bugs Galore– Although this book is all about creepy crawlies, the illustrations are bright and colorful enough to grab the attention of just about anyone!

Tale of a Tadpole– This is such a great story about a little girl and her pet tadpole. With the turn of each page the tadpole slowly changes into a toad. The illustrations are beautifully painted with watercolor.

Nature Anatomy- The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World– Learn about nature anatomy in a new way with these amazing drawings.

Wildflowers Blooms and Blossoms– A field guide for children that is easy to follow and contains plenty of information about 29 common flowering plants.

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Walking in Wild Places– A great book for little nature explorers, Old Crinkleroot guides you through the forest while offering tips on how to dress, identify poisonous plants, and how to behave if you spot a wild animal.

First Nature Encyclopedia– An in-depth encyclopedia for children to learn about the natural world.

The Leaf Man– A fictional story about leaves and other pieces of nature blowing along as fall arrives. “Leaf Man” is actually illustrated with pictures of real fall leaves. This is a great story to read before doing this nature craft with your children.

A Stick is an Excellent Thing– A great book of poems celebrating outdoor play, with things that cost nothing.

Who Pooped in the Northwoods?– Come along with a family as they find different kinds of scat and discover who it came from!

Super Nature Encyclopedia– This is Mr 5’s personal favorite. A Smithsonian book filled with huge, up-close and high definition photographs of unique animals. This book is also full of unusual animal facts that will be sure to keep your child interested.

Monarch and Milkweed– Is a simple and beautifully illustrated, yet factual story of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and it’s connection with the millkweed plant.

National Geographic- Everything Rocks and Minerals– This book takes on the style of a magazine. It is full of bright photographs of many different kinds of rocks and minerals. Tons of information are provided in the captions and fun facts.

Ultimate Bug Sticker Book– The title says it all. It’s an awesome  sticker book full of life-like bug stickers!

Fun with Nature– A great resource to keep around when hiking or exploring, and it also contains plenty of activities to keep your children entertained.

Tell me Tree– This book talks about the parts of trees, different kinds of trees, and also has instructions for making your very own tree identification guide. It is simply illustrated for younger children to enjoy, but also covers some more advanced topics such as photosynthesis.

A Seed is Sleepy–  Beautifully illustrated by well-known artists Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long, this book is a must-have for children of all ages. It is a great classroom resource as well as  a fun book to read. Learn fun facts about many different types of seeds.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt– This book is all about the lovely things you can see growing in the garden, but you also get to learn about the worms, snails, and other crawlies that live under the garden too!

Swirl by Swirl– Learn all about swirl shapes in nature with this bright and colorfully illustrated book.

 

As we said earlier, we would love to hear about your personal favorites in the comments! We are always looking for great books to enjoy and I’m sure other readers are too.

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Why Our Family Has A Garden In Town

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I have wanted to write this post for quite some time, and I am finally getting around to it. I feel so strongly about this, that it’s almost hard to put into words. Having a garden has brought our tiny family so much closer. Not just to each other, but to the Earth as well. There is no doubt in my mind, that having a garden has been the most beneficial, and educational decision we could have made, and for that reason we continue to do it every year.

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Gardening is something that takes a lot of hard work, determination, and sometimes research, but believe me it is worth it. Whether the only outdoor space you have is a city balcony, or you live on 50 acres, you can do it. Whether your children are babies or almost grown, just a small garden will fill them with unbelievable curiosity.

We live on a little lot in a small town, and in previous years we used cement block raised beds for our garden. Last summer, some of the kindest individuals we have ever met allowed us to plant a huge garden on their empty lot across the street from our home. Because of that, last summer was the most amazing experience we have had as a family. We worked so hard on that garden, and our family is so much closer because of it. Our children were able to plant the tiny seeds, and learn how they grow. They learned about eco-systems, the water cycle, patience, hard work, and so much more. The list is honestly never ending, and every year as they become older, there will be new lessons to be learned, and more knowledge to be gained.

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Our four-year-old always insists on planting our seeds, and kisses every one to give it love and help it grow. Our two-year-old fills her belly with onions, pulled right from the earth. We didn’t have many this fall because most of them made it to her mouth before the basket!

Every morning we would walk across the street to check on the garden. Our children would check on the baby melons, squealing with excitement if they grew a large amount from the previous days’ rain. Their shoes would get torn off immediately so that they could squish their little toes in the mud as they walked up and down the rows of corn, measuring how much taller it was than them that week. Our two-year-old always plopped down in her sun dress and snacked on kale and onions as the tall corn shaded her, while our four-year-old investigated what kind of creatures were eating the tomatoes at night. We had old spoons we left there for play, and both of our children would dig for things. Our four-year-old would always comment that he was being and Archaeologist, with Miss 2 following, “Me too! Me too!” We could stay at that garden for hours every day, and the family time we spent there was incredible.

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Not only were we able to watch our children play and learn, we all worked together towards a common goal- to help our plants grow. Even our 2-year-old helped pull weeds, water plants, and gather our harvest with her own special little bucket in hand. With their Daddy working during the day, it was so nice for all of us to have something to look forward to in the afternoons when he would arrive home. We would gather the supplies we needed, and hold hands as we crossed the street to that special place, and work until it was time for dinner on some nights. If we went on a weekend trip, it seemed like the first thing we all wanted to do (even before unloading the car), was check on the garden- to see what surprises it had for us.

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The pride we all feel that we are able to grow that nutritious food on our own, and put it on the table for our children is an indescribable feeling, especially living in town without much land. We were able to can over forty quarts of green beans this summer, more zucchini bread than we knew what to do with, a freezer full of tomato sauce, plus fresh veggies most of spring, summer, and fall.

You wonder what the cost must have been to do this? I believe we calculated it to cost 56 dollars. That is including the cost of seeds, starter plants, and the cumulative water bills.

We do not spend money on herbicides. We plant extra, so if anything happens, we still end up with plenty. It just takes time, and I promise no matter how busy you are, you can always find a little time to work in the garden. It definitely has a therapeutic quality.

Our yearly garden has taught our small children so many lessons, but the one I feel is most valuble, is this: The Earth can provide for us the things we need. That is a lesson many people do not seem to remember anymore.

People feel as though they need to rely on big businesses, grocery stores, and so many other man-made things that they forget the Earth is capable of giving us what we need. We just need to show it a little love. People think dirt on their food is discusting… well, I’m fairly certain the chemical ingredients in the french fries they are munching on are much worse.

If you still need more convincing….

An Urban Garden is:

  • Organic
  • Inexpensive/nearly free
  • You know where your food is coming from
  • No need to make extra store trips- just walk out and grab a tomato from the garden!
  • A garden provides you with the opportunity to educate your children about various different topics
  • Much more fresh than much of the produce you purchase from the store
  • Give it a try! Learn something new!
  • And just remember….

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