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My kids absolutely love learning about nature and the world around us, not a day passes without them asking questions about a nature related topics. Our bookshelves are full nature books for kids, both fiction and non-fiction. Some nature books are beautifully illustrated and their pages hold a valuable lesson about protecting planet Earth. Other nature books for kids are packed full of facts written in a way that kids can understand and engage with.
I’ve put together a list of 15 fantastic nature books for kids, it includes lots of our personal favourites and some that are on our book shelf wish list. These books are a great place to start if you are looking to build a collection of nature themed books. They are also perfect to give someone as a gift.
15 Fantastic Nature Books For Kids
Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go
This stunning book explores the changing of seasons by following the life-cycle of a tree through spring, summer, autumn and winter. Tree Seasons Come, Seasons Go is a peek through-book with beautiful artwork and rhyming text. It’s the perfect book to help children learn to spot the signs of the changing seasons.
The Little Green Hen
The Little Green Hen is one of our most recent favourites. This books tells the tale of a hen trying her best to look after the beautiful apple tree that she calls home. She lovingly tends to the tree each day, pruning and sowing new seeds but nobody wants to help her until one day a storm floods the countryside and the apple tree is the only shelter. This book gives an important message about caring for the environment and working together.
I Am The Seed That Grew A Tree
This beautifully illustrated book contains 366 nature poems, one for every day of the year, including leap years. I Am The Seed That Grew A Tree features nature poems written by a wide range of poets including Thomas Hardy, Ann Duffy, Christina Rossetti, Shakespeare and many more.
My First Book Of Garden Wildlife
My First Book of Garden Wildlife is the perfect book for introducing kids to the world of nature in their own back gardens. Inside there are twenty common garden animals, birds and insects to learn about, kids can guess the animal from the clues then turn the page to discover facts about them.
Questions and Answers About Nature
Questions and Answers about Nature is a lift-the-flap book with over 60 flaps to lift and discover the answers to lots of questions about nature. If you want to know why spiders make webs or where clouds come from then this is the book for you.
Bee: Nature’s Tiny Miracle
You can follow the miraculous journey of the little bee in this gorgeous book. Bee Nature’s Tiny Miracle is a peep through book with lyrical text and beautiful illustrations.
When The Whales Walked
When The Whales Walked and other incredible evolutionary journeys explores some of the most exciting events in evolution. The book features a stunning mix of annotated illustrations, family trees and illustrated scenes. You can learn how whales once walked on four legs before taking to the oceans and lots of other fascinating evolutionary facts.
Pete the Badger likes everything neat and tidybut what starts as collecting fallen leaves soon escalates to complete destruction of the forest. Tidy is a lovely rhyming woodland story all about the perils of being too tidy.
Above and Below
Above and Below is a fun way to explore the world’s ecosystems, lift the flaps to discover eight animal habitats both above and below the surface.
The Big Sticker Book of Bugs
Inside this book you will find bugs that creep, crawl, wriggle and fly and have lots of fun sticking them throughout the book. The Big Sticker Book of Bugs includes over 500 reusable stickers, you can play a game of Bugs in the Rug or design your own butterfly too.
Nature All Around: Trees
Nature All Around: Trees is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated introduction to trees and the important role they play. The book explores the life-cycle of a tree, leaf types, photosynthesis and lots more. Readers will discover the many ways that trees are vital to the environment. This book is written in child-friendly text with visually appealing illustrations.
A Year in Nature
The woodland is brought to life in this book that open into an amazing four-part carousel. A Year in Nature is a unique introduction to the seasons. Follow a family of fox’s as the cubs grow up through the year, each pop-up scene intricately details spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Ten Seeds is a lovely book to introduce children to the basic facts of growing seeds into plants. This counting book with a difference is perfect to share with younger readers.
How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear
In How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear kids can learn how to save endangered animals and make the world a better place. There are 13 habitats to explore from gardens to wetlands, with simple everyday ways you can help tp protect them.
One Tiny Turtle
One Tiny Turtle combines story with information as it follows the life cycle of a turtle. Part of the Nature storybook series, this book has lovely illustrations and a fun informative story to tell. Kids can watch as the tiny turtle grows and grows before heading back to the beach to become a mother herself.