Kids Nature Books

Summer, ah! What a wonderful time of year to teach your young ones about the great outdoors and get them started on a path towards learning about and loving the natural world. Here's some suggestions of nature picture and board books for children, as well as outdoor interactive activity books that will keep them busy all summer.

Books: 
Some Bugs (Classic Board Books) Cover Image
By Angela DiTerlizzi, Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481464444
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Published: Little Simon - June 14th, 2016

"I love this book for it's fun and bright illustrations, but also because it's perfect for getting little ones to move around during story time.  It encourages readers to roll up like a pillbug, hop like a grasshopper, and march like an ant.  Great for building empathy for some of nature's smallest members." — Lo


Tap the Magic Tree Board Book Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062274465
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 7th, 2016

"Another great interactive book.  With every page, the reader changes the magic tree, following it along it's journey through the seasons." — Lo


Tiny, Perfect Things Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781946873064
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - June 1st, 2018

"Beautifully illustrated.  Follows a young girl and her grandparent on a walk through the neighborhood.  A great reminder to slow down and enjoy time spent together and that nature can be found anywhere." — Lo


We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

"This book perfectly takes on the challenging topic of pipeline building on indiginous lands.  A great way to open up conversations about conservation, land preservation, and the work that Native American tribes have been doing to keep their sacred land clean." — Lo


Bird House Cover Image
By Blanca Gómez (Illustrator), Blanca Gómez
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419744082
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

"An adorable story of a young girl and her grandmother finding an injured bird and how they nurse it back to health.  Teaches us that we should be kind to nature, and that we can never truly own wild beings, but we can cherish it all the same." — Lo


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780399226908
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Published: World of Eric Carle - March 23rd, 1994

The all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! A sturdy and beautiful book to give as a gift for new babies, baby showers, birthdays, and other new beginnings!


Big Bug (Classic Board Books) Cover Image
By Henry Cole, Henry Cole (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534416901
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Published: Little Simon - May 8th, 2018

Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a “big” ladybug, this board book artfully depicts the concept of scale as it zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky. Then author Henry Cole masterfully zooms back in from that sky, to a tree, to a house, to a window, all the way to the end where an adorable dog is taking a “little” nap. Young readers will love the lush illustrations of the animals, objects, and scenery of a farm, and they’ll delight in seeing how something “big” can suddenly seem “little” with every turn of a page!


Do You Know Where the Animals Live?: Discovering the Incredible Creatures All Around Us Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Shelley Tanaka (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781771646598
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Published: Greystone Kids - May 3rd, 2021

In this fun visual nteractive book, kids will get to know all sorts of animals, from birds and caterpillars in their own backyard, to grizzly bears in chilly Alaska, to puffer fish in the waters of Australia. Through a mix of activities, facts, stories, and pictureskids will learn how to spot animal homes and follow their movements. How our actions impact animals and their ability to survive and thrive in nature. And kids will meet some of the wildest and most interesting creatures on Earth, including ones that like to impress their friends, and others who are masters of disguise.


Peter and the Tree Children Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Cale Atkinson (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771644570
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Published: Greystone Kids - April 21st, 2020

Piet the squirrel feels all alone in his forest home. Luckily, Peter the Forester has the perfect plan to cheer him up: a search for tree children. You can't be lonely in a forest full of friends As they wander, Peter shares amazing facts about trees, how they communicate and care for each other, and the struggles they endure. Soon, the little squirrel is feeling much better--especially when he realizes he's helped the tree children grow. This environmentally conscious picture book, written by acclaimed author and forester Peter Wohlleben, brings the majesty of "The Hidden Life of Trees "to the youngest of readers everywhere.


The Wonders of Nature Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781465485366
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Published: DK Children - September 3rd, 2019

From opals to orchids and tapirs to toadstools, this beautiful collection brings more than 100 incredible items from the natural world to life. Perfect for all the nature-loving readers on the planet we call home.


Every page of this reference book reveals fascinating animals, plants, rocks, minerals and microorganisms that will wow children and adults alike. Fantastic photography and illustrations showcase the wonders of planet Earth beautifully. Children will love exploring the detailed close-up images of different plants, animals and rocks. Curious kids can pour over the reference pages packed with new information. Find out how the dragon blood tree got its name, why a sundew means big trouble for insects and what on Earth a radiolarian is. From orchids to opals and lichens to lizards, this beautiful book lets you find the things that interest you and uncover new favorites along the way.


Insects & Bugs Backyard Workbook: Hands-On Projects, Quizzes, and Activities for Kids Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781647551599
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Published: Adventure Publications - May 18th, 2021

From ants and beetles to dragonflies and mosquitoes, bugs are amazing little creatures. They provide incredible opportunities for getting outside and discovering nature. There are so many kinds to see and appreciate--even in your backyard or at a nearby park.

Teach your children to love and protect the great outdoors. This workbook by entomologist Jaret C. Daniels features more than 20 simple, fun introductions to a variety of creepy crawlies, including bees, butterflies, spiders, and more. Plus, over a dozen activities help kids to make hypotheses, experiment, and observe. The 19 hands-on science projects--such as raising native caterpillars and attracting moths with an ultraviolet light--put students in control of their own learning

You never know what your children will uncover in their outdoor classroom. Every day is a little treasure hunt. If they keep good records and share what they find, their observations can even help scientists learn more about nature. So get the Insects & Bugs Backyard Workbook, and get started on a lifetime of discovery.


Backyard Science & Discovery Workbook: Midwest: Fun Activities & Experiments That Get Kids Outdoors Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781647551698
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Published: Adventure Publications - April 20th, 2021

With 12 states, four distinct seasons, and a wide range of habitats, plants, and animals, the Midwest is a wonderful region for getting outside and discovering nature. There is so much to see and appreciate--even in your backyard or at a nearby park. Teach your children to love and protect the great outdoors.

This workbook by naturalist Brett Ortler features more than 20 simple, fun introductions to astronomy, birds, geology, and more. Plus, over a dozen activities help kids to make hypotheses, experiment, and observe. The 19 hands-on science projects--such as raising native caterpillars, making mushroom spore prints, and attracting moths with an ultraviolet light--put students in control of their own learning

You never know what your children will uncover in their outdoor classroom. Every day is a little treasure hunt. If they keep good records and share what they find, their observations can even help scientists learn more about nature in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. So get the Backyard Science & Discovery Workbook: Midwest, and get started on a lifetime of discovery.


Rocks & Minerals Backyard Workbook: Hands-On Projects, Quizzes, and Activities for Kids Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781647551667
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Published: Adventure Publications - May 4th, 2021

From beaches to gravel roads, from prairieland to rugged terrain, rocks and minerals are all around us. They provide incredible opportunities for getting outside and discovering nature. There are so many kinds to see and appreciate--even in your backyard or at a nearby park.

Teach your children to love and protect the great outdoors. This workbook by Dan R. Lynch features more than 20 simple, fun introductions to a variety of rocks and minerals, including granite, sandstone, gemstones, and more. Plus, over a dozen activities help kids to make hypotheses, experiment, and observe. The 19 hands-on science projects--such as starting a rock collection and testing the hardness of minerals--put students in control of their own learning

You never know what your children will uncover in their outdoor classroom. Every day is a little treasure hunt. If they keep good records and share what they find, their observations can even help scientists learn more about nature. So get the Rocks & Minerals Workbook, and get started on a lifetime of discovery.


Outdoor School: Hiking and Camping: The Definitive Interactive Nature Guide Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250230843
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

Outdoor School: Hiking & Camping is your go-to wilderness guide from Odd Dot, featuring sturdy, metal corners and more than 400 full-color, highly-illustrated pages. 

- Immersive activities to get you exploring
- Write-in sections to journal about experiences
- Next-level adventures to challenge even seasoned nature lovers.

This interactive field guide to hiking and camping includes:
-Planning Your Next Adventure
-Essential Outdoor Gear
-First Aid & Survival
-Navigation
-How to Handle Extreme Weather
-Crossing Dangerous Terrain
-Setting Up Camp
-Building a Fire—In Rain or Shine
-Games for the Trail
-Finding and Filtering Water
-Animal Tracks, Calls, and Sounds
-Bird Watching
-Plant Spotting
-Rock Hunting
-What to Do If You’re Lost
 


Outdoor School: Rock, Fossil, and Shell Hunting: The Definitive Interactive Nature Guide Cover Image
By Jennifer Swanson, John D. Dawson (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250230652
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

With metal corners and 448 full-color, highly-illustrated pages, Outdoor School: Rock, Fossil & Shell Hunting by Odd Dot is an indispensable tool for young explorers and rock collectors.

This interactive field guide to rocks, fossils, & shells, includes:
-Digging, chiseling, hammering, and wading for rocks and minerals
-Identifying rocks & minerals by location, texture, color, shape and size
-Determining between rocks, geodes, and space rocks
-Finding fossils and setting up a dig site
-Searching and snorkeling for shells
-Storing and displaying your collection


Outdoor School: Animal Watching: The Definitive Interactive Nature Guide Cover Image
By Mary Kay Carson, Emily Dahl (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250230836
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

This interactive field guide to animals includes:
-Animal tracking
-Identifying birds by silhouette, size, and color
-Reading animal range maps
-Bird nest spotting
-Essential animal-watching gear
-Identifying mammals
-Bird calls and animal sounds
-Finding amphibians, reptiles, and fish
-Spotting scat
-Recognizing eyeshine
-Recording animal behavior
 


Outdoor School Essentials: Animal Tracks Cover Image
By Odd Dot
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250754684
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

Flip through for simple diagrams and full-color illustrations on animal, reptile, and fish spotting, animal tracks, and so much more.

Made of durable Tyvek material, these books are meant to last through any adventure! Waterproof and tear-proof makes these the perfect pocket-sized trove of information for kids to take outside. They're also 100% washable and 100% fun!

Easy to digest at a glance, these travel-friendly books are made even more beautiful with full-color, vintage-inspired art and highly visual diagrams.


Outdoor School Essentials: Survival Skills Cover Image
By Odd Dot
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250754677
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

Outdoor School Essentials: Survival Skills is your must-have companion to the wild! These pocket-sized books from Odd Dot have quick references for what you need to know while on your next outdoor adventure.

Flip through for simple diagrams and full-color illustrations on pitching tents, making a fire, first-aid, poisonous plants, dangerous animals, and more.

Made of durable Tyvek material, these books are meant to last through any adventure! Waterproof and tear-proof makes these the perfect pocket-sized trove of information for kids to take outside. They're also 100% washable and 100% fun!

Easy to digest at a glance, these travel-friendly books are made even more beautiful with full-color, vintage-inspired art and highly visual diagrams.


Outdoor School: Spot & Sticker Birds Cover Image
By Odd Dot
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250754646
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

Welcome to Outdoor School: Spot & Sticker Birds—a sticker sky picture book from Odd Dot filled with captivating cardinals, wonderful warblers, beautiful blue jays, spectacular starlings, and so much more.

Finally--a sticker book for the curious and the adventurous. The Outdoor School Sticker series delivers the natural wonders of the world in gorgeous, scientifically-accurate stickers.

Peel and place each sticker once you’ve seen each bird--or simply decorate your surroundings to make a bird-spotter’s paradise.

 


Outdoor School: Spot & Sticker Plants Cover Image
By Odd Dot
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250754653
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

Welcome to Outdoor School: Spot & Sticker Plants. Finally—a sticker book for the curious and the adventurous. The Outdoor School Sticker series from Odd Dot delivers the natural wonders of the world in gorgeous, scientifically-accurate stickers.

With this wonderful plant-spotting bucket list, peel and place each sticker once you’ve seen each plant—or simply decorate your surroundings to make a plant-spotters paradise.

Peel and place each sticker once you’ve seen each plant on the included poster--or simply decorate your surroundings to make an plant-spotter’s paradise.


Outdoor School: Spot & Sticker Animals Cover Image
By Odd Dot
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250754660
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Published: Odd Dot - April 27th, 2021

Welcome to Outdoor School: Spot & Sticker Animals—a sticker jungle filled with gorgeous jaguars, beautiful bears, and so much more!

Peel and place each sticker once you’ve seen each animal on the included poster--or simply decorate your surroundings to make an animal-spotter’s paradise.

Full of unique, hand painted portraits of animals, these stickers make the perfect gift for animal-lovers, crafters, scrapbookers, and sticker lovers.


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Outdoor School: Contemporary Environmental Art Cover Image
By Diane Borsato (Editor), Amish Morrell (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781771622844
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Published: Douglas & McIntyre - October 19th, 2021

Outdoor School features recent works of contemporary environmental art and writing by more than twenty-five Canadian and Indigenous artists who propose radical new ways of thinking about and being outdoors together.

For more than a decade, the Outdoor School project has provided a framework for interdisciplinary artists to come together and share projects that reimagine ways of relating with the landscape.

The experiential and community-based art projects described in Outdoor School present an alternative to scientific, commercial and colonial conceptions of land and nature in the face of climate change and mass extinction. These art practices include activities like mushroom foraging, water witching, trespassing, pumpkin-boat sailing, cloud identifying, ravine running, honey extracting, spell conjuring, rabbit hunting, coyote walking and more. The project calls attention to creative, counter-cultural works that are focused on education, community and place, and blur the boundaries between art and life, nature and culture.

Featuring interviews, essays and over 150 photographs, Outdoor School is an important contribution to discussions of contemporary art and ecology, foregrounding work that is marginal and ephemeral by nature.

Artists featured in Outdoor School include Alana Bartol, Diane Borsato, Bill Burns, Carolina Caycedo, Sameer Farooq, FASTW RMS, Ayumi Goto, Maggie Groat, Gabrielle Hill, Peter Morin, Public Studio, Helen Reed, Genevieve Robertson, Jamie Ross, Aislinn Thomas, Vibrant Matter, Jay White, Tania Willard, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and D'Arcy Wilson.


100 Things to do in a Forest Cover Image
By Jennifer Davis, Eleanor Taylor (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781786276339
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - August 11th, 2020

In an age when people are in search of new and more fulfilling experiences to replace screens and bring families together, this book explores 100 ways to connect with nature and discover the benefits of forest fun. From bushcraft activities like whittling and firelighting to spiritual pursuits like forest bathing and meditation, forest educator Jennifer Davis has brought together activities for people of all ages, helping them to connect with their forests and woodlands, while discovering the healing and restorative benefits of a life lived outdoors.


Critters of Michigan Pocket Guide Cover Image
By Wildlife Forever (Created by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9781885061812
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Published: Adventure Publications - August 23rd, 2000

A pocket guide that's informative, concise and easy to use. Get this great source of information about 50 Michigan critters, including birds and mammals. Beautiful photographs and neat-to-know details are complemented by information about each critter's tracks, making this the handiest pocket guide around.


Michigan Activity Book (Color and Learn) Cover Image
By Paula Ellis, Anna Kaiser (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781591932260
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Published: Adventure Publications - February 1st, 2009

How do you make the perfect Michigan getaway even better? Supply your kids with the Michigan Activity Book for hours of fun From mazes and word finds to maps and pictures to color, it's a great introduction to the area and is ideal for car rides and quiet time.

Book Features

Michigan-related illustrations from A to Z for coloring

Engaging activities that children of all ages can enjoy

Fascinating information about the region

Maps to follow along as you travel


Great Lakes Activity Book (Color and Learn) Cover Image
By Paula Ellis, Anna Christenson (Illustrator), Shane Nitzsche (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781591935261
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Published: Adventure Publications - March 18th, 2015

Beautiful scenery, big boats, lighthouses and wildlife--the Great Lakes region already has everything a family needs for a fantastic trip. (Plus, there's loads of amazing culture, natural history and commerce.) Let the Great Lakes Activity Book entertain the kids for hours, while introducing them to this internationally important waterway. The book is a wonderful educational tool, and it's ideal for car rides and quiet time. Explore the best of the Great Lakes and learn something new with every turn of the page.

Book Features

Region-specific illustrations to color

A variety of entertaining and educational activities

Neat-to-know information, presented interactively

Word games, dot-to-tots, bingo, and more


The Kids' Guide to Birds of Michigan: Fun Facts, Activities and 86 Cool Birds (Birding Children's Books) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781591937845
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Published: Adventure Publications - April 24th, 2018

With fun activities for the whole family, like building a birdhouse and preparing your own bird food, this is a must-have beginner's guide to bird watching in the Great Lake State

Stan Tekiela's famous Birds of Michigan Field Guide has been delighting bird watchers for years. Now, the award-winning author has written the perfect bird identification guide for children

The Kids' Guide to Birds of Michigan features:

  • 86 of the most common and important birds to know
  • Species organized by color for ease of use
  • Full-color photographs and a full page of information for each bird
  • Field marks, favorite hangouts, calls/songs, a range map, and Stan's cool facts, making identification a snap