We LOVE reading books and have found that children's books dealing with animals, plants, and nature in general are always some of our favorites (there are some dr. suess that rank pretty high though too!). I am going to keep a running list of books, with title, author and a brief synopsis, that can be used with other activities or just read on their own for a great way to expose your kids to nature.
I have tried to break them up into categories that make sense to me. Hopefully it will make it a little bit easier to find a topic/book that interests you! Here are the topics in order:
- Baby/Board Books
- Birds - to see all my bird book suggestions go to All About the Birds
- General Nature Related
- Environmental Issues
Please leave me a comment if you know of a great nature related book that I should check out! OR if you are a blogger and have a post on nature related books that you would like to share PLEASE join the link up at the end of this page!
Gallop!, by Rufus Butler Seder
The book goes page by page describing the way certain animals move and then using "scanimation" shows you how those animals move. It's a neat book.
In My Forest, by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich.
This one is adorable. It has a built in finger puppet that Avery loves to grab a hold of while I read. Keeps her happy and focused so it is a win-win. Simple book with simple words but very cute pictures and a neat a concept.
This book is a great little board book that helps to explain why we do some of the green things we do; like picking up liter, recycling, conserve water, feed the birds, plant flowers, etc. Sometimes adults just assume their kids understand the why, but in reality some of these ideas can be quite difficult to understand for little minds. I thought this book did a great job of explaining them.
Eco Babies Wear Green, Michelle Sinclair Colman
A board book that is very cute. The pictures are adorable and have little details that make it fun for parents to read. It portrays all kinds of "green" lessons from a babies perspective. A simple book but a fun one for little readers. You can find this book here.
Owl Babies, Martin Waddell
It is the story of three little owl babies and their owl mother. Yes they have names, talk and miss their mommy but I think it is still a good introduction to owl behavior. Besides there is one little owl that says nothing but "I want my mommy" until the very end when he says "I love my mommy!", how could that not be cute!
One Little Seed, Elaine Greenstein
A very simple, short picture book that follows the journey of a sunflower plant. Great pictures and simple words. You can find this book at here.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Lois Ehlert
A great tree/leaf book. This story follow a tree along its journey from seed to full grown tree. Has great details, bright, bold pictures and lots of additional information about maple trees and planting trees at the back of the book.You can find this book here.
The Apple Pie Tree, Zoe Hall
A great book that shows how apples grow and how a tree interacts with many other creatures. Not overloaded with too much information but just enough to make it educational and fun.You can find this book here.
A Grand Old Tree, Mary Newell DePalma
This story has great pictures that depict the life cycle of a tree. The neat part of this book is that it touches on just how connected a single tree is to so many animals and insects. The references to "her" and branches as "arms" are not exactly scientific but it is a children's book after all! You can find this book here.
Mystery Vine, Cathryn Falwell
This is a cute, rhyming book about gardening. The kids plant all kinds of seeds and label most of them except for one vine that they can't remember planting. All season they watch the vine grow and wait to see what will happen. The end of the book has recipes and activities.
The Curious Garden, Peter Brown
This is a cute book about a small patch of weeds that a young boy nurtures. He becomes a gardener and watches his little patch take over the whole city. And the little gardener inspires other people to become gardeners too. I love the pictures in this one and where the garden starts (not giving this away, you will have to read the book!).
The Tree, Dana Lyons
Have you heard the story of Julia Butterfly HIll? If not you should google it or something because she was an amazing woman who climbed a tree and lived in it for over a year in order to save it. Anyway, she wrote the foreward for this book and it reminds me so much of her struggle and story. This book shows all the things that a tree sees (potentially) in its long life. Love the pictures and the message behind the story.
What Do Roots Do?, Kathleen V. Kudlinski
This is an incredible informative book aimed at the early learner. The information is basic and the text very descriptive which makes it very easy for even a three year old to understand the functions of plant roots. And it rhymes!
What Kinds of Seeds Are These?, Heidi Bee Roemer
This is a very cute and informative look at seeds. The rhyming parts describe the seeds and where they can be found and then the next page will have the answer as to what plant that particular seed comes from. Sam doesn't know all the plants they were describing so I think the book was a little over her head but she still sat interested and listening the whole time!
Seeds Travel, Elaine Pascoe
Real photographs show kids all about how seeds grow, what they need to grow and how they might travel to get the things that they need. The pictures of the animals are great. There is not too much information for little ones but enough that it is a great learning book!
Seed to Sunflower, Camilla de la Bedoyere
Reading this book cover to cover may be a bit much for most preschoolers but the detailed pictures and photographs can be used to help show young children different phases and processes that plants go through. A parent or teacher could break the book up and use different pages along with other activities to further the learning.
A Seed Is Sleepy, Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
A non-fiction seed book that is poetic! Can you believe it? This one has lots of different reading levels to involve many readers and learners. For little ones you can read the biggest text and then expand on that simply in your own words by just talking about what is in the picture. For older kids reading the whole text will teach them a ton about plants and seeds. This book shows pictures of seeds from all over the world and in all kinds of climates.
In the Nest, Anna Milbourne and Laurence Cleyet-Merle
A great bird book that describes bird nests, how they are made, different places they exist and why birds need them. Beautiful pictures help to show how a bird goes from an egg, to a baby bird to a full grown flying bird.You can find this book here.
Little Green, Keith Baker
A cute book about the flight and life of a green hummingbird. The child in the story is captivated by the way the hummingbird flies and the story ends with a great little surprise. The surprise at the end could also be a great activity to do with older kids! You can find this book here.
Feather's for Lunch, Eric Carle
This is a great birding book! It is a story about a cat that is trying to catch and eat wild birds but never gets one. But in true Carle fashion he adds so much extra information into his pictures (names of plants, names of birds, pronunciations of bird calls and accurate coloration of birds and flowers) that it makes it a great learning book. If you have a child that is interested in birds this would be a great book to pick up to start learning common birds that would be easy to find and identify.
General Nature Related
Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs, by Carmeal LaVigna Coyle
This is an adorable book full of a little girl's desire to be a princess but also to hike and be outside with her dad. The questions that she asks are adorable and the pictures are cute too. It combines Sam's two favorite things so I knew it would be a hit at our house.
Ladybug Girl at the Beach, Jacky Davis
This is one of our favorite beach books because not only does it give a lot of great ideas of what to do at the beach but Ladybug girl starts out not liking the water, the waves and the loud noise. Which has been exactly the same reaction that my girls have had. After reading this book I have learned to just have fun at the beach, let the girls enjoy the sand and playtime there and gradually they will get more comfortable with the waves and water.
Lost in the Woods, Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick
This is one of the best nature books! It is a photographic fantasy which means that it uses real photographs to tell the story. The pictures are amazing and capture many different forest animals in their natural state. The book does pretend that animals can talk, which I don't like, but it is incredible how it mixes in so much detail about animal behavior into this endearing story.
Stranger in the Woods and First Snow in the Woods, Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick
These are both winter themed books that hold true to the Sams/Stoick style. Pictures are amazing. Stories are adorable, use animals that most kids will be familiar with, incorporate some real information and are fun to read.
The Goodnight Circle, Carolyn Lesser
A favorite from my childhood that I am passing along to my girls. The beautiful pictures capture life at dusk, night time and dawn. The natural history facts are accurate, descriptive and tell a beautiful story.
First Picture Nature, Usborne Book
This is a great book for learning all kinds of different nature related words. The pictures are simple but cute. There are pages with just the basics labeled and then there are pages that have much more detail about insects, flowers, leaves and weather. This is a great book to base a picture book scavenger hunt off of.
In the Small, Small Pond; Denise Fleming
Love Denise Fleming books! This one is a super simple book about ponds and the animals that live there. Pictures match the Fleming syle and are amazing. We love pairing this book with discussions and games about how animals move.
Pond Circle, Betsy Franco
This is one of our current favorite books. The pictures are amazing! The way the book is written makes it an easy read for parents and a fun book for kids to memorizing and reading along. The details in the book about the pond are accurate, which is one of the things that I love about the book, and portray a real life pond food chain. It makes the predator-prey relationships come to life and not be scary for little kids.
Long Night Moon, Cynthia Rylant
This book is based on the native american tradition of having names for the full moons. The book goes month by month and in a poetic fashion describes the full moon. The pictures are dark and gorgeous.
The Tin Forest, Helen Ward
This book is kind of odd but very cute. The story is about an old man who lives next to a junk yard. He dreams of living in a forest and decides one day to turn the junk into a forest. Eventually the metal forest attracts real plants and animals. The pictures are neat and in the end it is fun to try and figure out which are made of metal and which are real.
Quiet Night, Marilyn Singer
This one is funny! It is about all the noises at night and the animals that are nocturnal. Much like Pond Circle (see above), this book adds a line on each page making it very easy for little ones to catch on and start "reading" with you. My daughter loves the noises that the animals make!
On Meadowview Street, Henry Cole
This is a cute one about a little girl that moves into a new house and transforms her boring, matches everyone else's yard into a beautiful garden paradise all her own. Pictures are super cute and it gives some good ideas for how to bring more wildlife to your yard!
In My Garden, Ward Schumaker
This is a counting book and Sam is very into counting right now. Totally out of season but it has given me the idea that Sam and I should start couting things that we see outside (look for this activity to be coming soon!). Cute, simple pictures of things in the garden.
Under the Snow, Melissa Stewart
This one is seasonally appropriate and though the book itself is simple, easy to read and has neat pictures, the concepts are more complex (about where animals go and what they do when it is cold) so I think there would/could be learning involved for lots of ages.
Now It Is Winter, by Eileen Spinelli
Some excerpts to help you understand why this book touches my heart when I am waiting for spring.
"Will Spring ever come? Will I roll down steep grassy hills giggling towards the bottom? Ever again? Yes, spring will come and grass and giggles too. But now it is winter. Now you can sail downhill on your sled lifted on snowy laughter. What fun"
"Will Spring ever come? Will the night sky grow pink and the night breeze whisper....Hush, child. Hush. Spring will come all pink sky and breezes. But now...now it is winter. Now you are cozy in your flannel pajamas. And warm in your bed."
"Now is good-- as in goodnight--and sweet--- as in sweet dreams. Now is the blessing. Now is the blessings. Now is the time to love. Now is the time to be."
The questions are being asked by a young mouse and answered by his mother as they go about their day. The pictures are very pretty but the words are really what make this book. It is a great reminder to try and enjoy the moment, the season that we are in and find the joy of the NOW!
When the Earth Wakes, Ani Rucki
A short book with beautiful pictures about the seasons and changes that happen as a bear mother and cub wake from hibernation. The text is short on each page which makes it a good read for very little ones but the background images provide a lot of additional observations, questioning and learning for older ones as well.
Stella, Princess of the Sky, Marie Louise Gay
This is the story of Stella and her little brother Sam (so of course it is a favorite around here!) as they explore the outdoors, have a campout and examine the stars. The little brother asks some great questions and the pictures that Stella paints about how the sun rises and sets are just adorable. The end of this book is very sweet and makes me think of the grandparents in our lives!
Stella, Fairy of the Forest, Marie Louise Gay
Just like the other Stella books this one is about an adventure for Stella and her little brother Sam. This time they are in the woods talking about where to find fairies in the forest. They climb trees, find lots of animals and build a shelter. A very cute book!
Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth, Marie Louise Gay
This one is just a fun book about a rabbit named Roslyn that wakes up one day determined to dig the biggest hole on earth. She encounters lots of obstacles, some that are not entirely accurate, and learns a lot throughout her day. The science and learning part of this one are not perfect BUT after we read it Sam was very excited about the idea of digging her own hole and spent hours one day exploring our backyard for the perfect spot to dig, getting the right tools to dig and then finally attempting to dig her hole.
When Daddy Took Us Camping, Julie Brillhart
This is a cute book all about two little kids going camping with their dad. It touches on some tips for success and mishaps that can happen while camping with young kids. The best part of this book is the surprise location of their campsite!
Listen to the Rain, Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
The pictures in this book were a bit abstract for the girls but the short and sweet text made it an easy read and a fun one for us. The unique descriptive words that they use to describe the storm are really fun!
The Rain Stomper, Addie Boswell
This is not exactly a nature related book, just a rain related book. But it does such a great job of describing with sounds a rain storm that it can be a fun one on rainy days. Paired with a rain walk or puddle jumping after a rain storm this can be a very fun book.
Stella, Queen of the Snow, Marie-Louise Gay
Another cute one from the Stella and Sam adventures. We love these books! This one is filled with lots of great snow play and outdoor fun. Not a lot of true science in this one but it can help to get kids excited about heading outside to play in the snow!
Blizzard, Carole Gerber
This cute book compares what is happening outside in nature, to the inside world of a little boy during a big snow storm. The pictures of the outside show what animals might do in the snow and some beautiful images of the snow falling down! The inside images of the little boy getting cozy are pretty cute too.
Sugar Snow, Laura Ingalls Wilder
This is a book from the "My First Little House Books" series. The story tells all about tapping trees for maple syrup. And it is based in Wisconsin. This book got the girls very curious about where their maple syrup came from and if they could see it coming out of the trees. I love when a book can inspire more investigation and learning!
Come On, Rain!, Karen Hesse
Another great rain book that teaches kids (and parents too!) how to enjoy the rain.
Little Cloud, Eric Carle
This is a very simple book about a cloud. There isn't much science or educational information in the book but it does introduce the idea of finding shapes in clouds which is a fun activity to do with young kids. I did an activity with this book here.
The Rainy Day, Anna Milbourne and Sarah GIll
This is a simple non-fiction book about clouds, weather and rain. There are great descriptive words for the clouds, how rain falls, how mud feels and how the animals react to rain. My daughters love having me read this one because there are part that can easily be acted out with motions. The author does a great job at an early attempt of describing rain and clouds.
Winter Is, by Ann Dixon
The descriptions in this book tell all the contradictory feelings and thoughts that people can have about winter. The darkness of shorter day and the brightness of fires and the northern lights. The cold temps and the warmth you feel while going up and down hills as you sled. Winter is white because of the snow but black because of the dark night skies. The book paints a beautiful and descriptive picture of winter.
Snip, Snip, Snow, by Nancy Poydar
Sometimes kids need help to get excited about playing in the snow, this book is perfect for that. The little girl is so excited about snow but it just won't come. The book talks all about the fun things that can happen in the snow. There is also great snowflake making at her school and even a how-to guide at the back for making paper snowflakes!
The Lorax, Dr. Seuss (there is a movie too!)
This was one of my favorite books growing up and we now have several copies around our home. The bright pictures and fantasy animals help to hold the child's attention even when the story might be a bit long or complex. This story has a great morale hidden behind all the rhyming and colorful pictures.
10 Things I can Do to Help my World, Melanie Walsh
A brightly colored picture book filled with great eco-tips for kids. The pages are cut out in the shapes of the pictures and underneath each tip page is a page that has a bit of justification for why the tip helps the environment.
Curious George Plants a Tree, Margaret and H.A. Rey
The book talks a lot about trees but it also talks about recycling, reusing, visiting a muesum and has a list of 20 simple green things that every family can do. Just love when I can satisfy my daughter's addiction to certain characters while still teaching her good green lessons.
Market Day, Lois Ehlert
This book uses a wide variety of art forms to depict market day from the perspective of the farmer. A great little story about what the farmers have to do to prepare for and run a market day. Great to show little ones that go to markets what it is like from the other side of the produce stand!
The Listening Walk, Paul Showers
This one is all about a little girl that loves to go on walks with her dad and dog. They don't talk or collect on their walks. They don't sing or play games on their walks. Her dad walks with his hands in his pockets and her dog leads the way with his nose while the little girl just listens. She tells about all the great things she hears and notices on the walk by listening very closely with her ears.
Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me, Eric Carle
I don't need to say much about a Carle book because you all know just how fabulous they are. I think the moon is such a magical image for kids and this is a very cute book that tries to capture a bit of that magic. Plus, it reminds me just how much any dad will do to make their little girl happy! There are pull out pages that help to capture just how high and big the moon really is. And the "hidden" face in the moon is very fun.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly, Deborah Heiligman
This is a great little story about a class of kids that get the chance to raise butterflies. It presents great information about butterflies but also shares the story of the kids in the classroom and what the process was like for them. The pictures are cute and there are some simple butterfly images in the back that can help with identification.
Animal Lives: Butterflies, Sally Morgan
This is not a story book so it may not hold the attention of many preschoolers but it is a great resource to have on hand for those random questions that preschoolers love to ask that you may not know the answer to. There is tons of information about the natural history of many different kinds of butterflies and beautiful pictures!
A Monarch Butterfly's Life, John Himmelman
This is a perfect first butterfly book for little ones. It keeps the story very simple and the images are greatly enlarged so that young ones can really see the the body parts of details of the caterpillars and butterflies. The one sentence per page is just enough information to be informative but also hold a young child's interest!
Are You a Buttefly?, Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries
This butterfly book is kind of a silly approach to an informational kid's book. The author treats the reader as if you are trying to figure out if you are a butterfly! The text is informational, but also light-hearted and a good read.
Butterfly Fever, Lori Haskins
This is a early reader paperback book. It focuses on how monarchs migrate. The story is about a little girl and her class at school that track the monarch butterflies as they move across the country. Then the town that they are living in has a big festival when the butterflies arrive. The story is informational but also really fun and a great read!
Insect Detective, by Steve Voake
This is a great way to present insect information to little kids. Some of the information is a little advanced for preschoolers but the story is written in a way that still holds their attention. Like many books that I really enjoy this one has additional information on certain pages, in smaller text, that could be read just to older children that want more information. Illustrations are adorable!
Bug Dictionary; An A to Z of Insects and Creepy Crawlies
This one is a bit advanced for preschool age but has neat pictures and includes insects from lots of places so it would work in many areas of the country. The book includes great illustrations and good size comparisons of the insects. For a slightly older child creating your own alphabetic list of insects that you find in your own backyard or neighborhood would be a great activity to go along with this book! You could keep the list on a big chart that is visible to them, let them add insects all throughout a whole season or even draw pictures on the list!
My, Oh My -- a Butterfly!, by Tish Rabe
This book is based on the show, The Cat in the Hat Knows alot About That on PBS. Sam loves that show and I love Dr. Seuss books! This book presents a TON of great information about butterflies (some that I didn't even know) in a fun and easy to read way. It rhymes! How many educational books can you say that about? I know Dr. Seuss books are not for everyone but if you are a fan I would suggest you check out this book and the rest in this educational series.
I'm a Pill Bug, Yukihisa Tokuda
This is a great picture book that is scientifically factual about the pill bug. It has a ton of information but presents it in a fun and casual way that it feels just like a fun story book. The pictures are cute and pretty anatomically accurate! I did an activity with this book here.
Hungry Hoppers, Nancy Loewen
A great informational book about grasshoppers. There is big text that tells the basics of grasshopper life but then there are smaller magnifying glasses on certain pages that have more specific information. The writing asks questions to guide the reader to focus on different details of the body. There are some terms and descriptions that are above a two year old's understanding but the pictures help to hold their attention.
Yucky Worms, Vivian French
The title is not my favorite, I don't like calling insects or much eles for that matter yucky. But the rest of the book is great, so I guess I will let the title slide! This is a non-fiction book all about the life and natural history of worms. There is a cute story about a little boy and his grandma but the bulk of the text is factual information about worms (and their POOP!). One of the things that draws me to this book is that there is the main text and then there is also lots of additional facts, cute "worm-quotes" and other information in smaller print all over the pages. You can make this book longer by reading all the smaller text or shorten it by leaving all that out. Even though there is a lot of information (even some stuff about worms that I didn't know!) Sam still sat and listened just as captivated as if it was a Curious George book, so that says a lot!
Waiting for Wings, Lois Ehlert
It's an Ehlert book! Love these, you all know that. Just a great book about the life cycle of butterflies. And at the end there is good information about butterflies and flowers.
Where in the Wild?; Camouflaged Creatures Concealed...and Revealed, David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy
This is a great book on camouflage with pictures that Sam enjoys but text that is a bit over our age range. If you have slightly older kids that like to look for hidden pictures this would be a great book. Each page has an animal hidden in their environment and then TONS of information about that animal plus some fun poems to read as well.
Going to Sleep on the Farm, Wendy Cheyette Lewison
We love books that rhyme and have repetition in the text. Avery is very into animal noises right now so this one is a hit because all of the farm animals make their noise throughout the story. But Sam thinks it is so funny to hear how horses can sleep standing up and pigs cuddle together. My favorite part is actually in the pictures. As the young boy in the story is asking his dad all about how the different animals from his barn toy set go to sleep you can see the dad growing ever more tired of the game. Though it is never spoken in the text the pictures tell a story that is all too familiar to us about how little ones are SO great at the bedtime procrastination game!
A Place to Sleep, Holly Meade
Another great book that describes where different animals go to sleep. The pictures in this one and the way the text is written are very unique, combining beautiful artwork and simple black and white images. Plus there is a great mixture of different types of amimals from mice, to pets to seals! And the tucking in of the two little kids at the end if very sweet.
Time for Bed, by Mem Fox
If you have a little one (Avery LOVES this book!) that is into animals and likes to cuddle before bedtime this book is great. The rhyme and rythm in the text is a great book for soothing a little one to sleep. The pictures are adorable.
Bat Loves the Night, by Nicola Davies
A bedtime book for the slightly older crowd. Sam is just barely old enough for this one and I think it could stick with us for quite a few more years. Like a lot of other nature related book there is smaller text that you can choose to not read for the younger crowd. The reason that I like this one so much is because the writing does such a great job of sharing the characteristics of the life of a bat. Like this quote; "She beams her voice around her like a flashlight, and the echoes come singing back. They carry a sound picture of all her voice has touched."
Bedtime in the Jungle, by John Butler
A counting bedtime book! Sam is still working on recognizing the symbols for numbers so this is another great counting book for us. A cute story that counts it's way through putting the jungle animals to bed. And it rhymes!
Can you Growl like a Bear?, John Butler
Sam loves making all the noises and the pictures are very cute. Plus, it doesn't have all the typical animals (like pets and farm animals) so Sam is learning some new animal noises (and so am I!).
A Fawn in the Grass, Joanne Ryder
We love rhyming books! This is a cute book that just reminds me of this great journey that I am on with my girls. About stopping to enjoy the little things when you are outside and discovering all the hidden treasures.
Whoo Goes There?, Jennifer A. Ericsson
This one has great repetition of words so that Sam can easily read this (in her own way) after we have read it a few times. The pictures are simple but cute. It demonstrates food chains, predators, prey and animal movement. Plus the animals are all ones that are common and naturally occurring together which makes the story more natural and believeable. And whooo wouldn't love a book that makes you say whoooo on every page?!
I see Animals Hiding, Jim Arnosky
This book is all about camouflage and would go great with our hiding rabbits game. It shows lots of different ways that animals can hide from predators.
Turtle Splash - Countdown at the Pond; Cathryn Falwell
A great counting book that also introduces a lot of animals that live in and around a pond. I like this one because the girls enjoy counting the turtles and because it includes a lot of animals that are just visitors to ponds and not just animals that live in ponds (which most pond books tend to do). Each page also includes picture hints about what the animal on the next page will be, it is fun to point those out and see if Sam can figure out what is coming next! This would be a great way to include older kids in this book.
Growing Frogs; Vivian French
This is a non-fiction book about the life cycle of frogs. The story is about a young girl and her mom that decide to raise some frogs from eggs. The story is cute but also includes lots of information about the life cycle. This book has large text that tells the story and then smaller text that can be read (or not, depending on the age and interest of the child) to get more information about certain topics. This is a great introductoty book to frogs and their life cycle.
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons, Il Sung Na
This adorable book is all about how animals prepare and handle the cold temps and outside changes that happen in winter. A little rabbit is shown moving through scenes (that it would never be in, like sitting on top of an alligator!) to show all kinds of animals. The little rabbit then changes colors at the end to show how he handles the changes of the seasons. Very great book to start learning and talking about what animals are doing during the cold season.
On the River ABC, Caroline Stutson
Found one more ABC book that we are really enjoying. I love when these books have themes that are habitat specific (can you tell I have a biology background? HA!). This one is good for Sam because it is a lot of animals that she is already familiar with placed in their correct setting and interacting with other animals that they might actually interact with in the wild. The alphabet part is nice too!
The Butterfly Alphabet, KJell B. Sandved
Another neat alphabet and butterfly book. Amazing how the letters of the alphabet can be found in butterfly wings. Sam listened to this book and recognized the letters but I don't think she had any idea that they were all from butterflies wings, that concept is a bit old for her. Would be a good book for kids a few years older than Sam (say 4-5 and up).
Discovering Nature's Alphabet, Krystina Castella and Brian Boyl
This one is not your typical alphabet book because it doesn't just go through a list of things that start with each letter. And it is not your typical nature photography alphabet book that is just pictures of letters found in nature (although it is filled with those beautiful kinds of photos!). This book is more about how to find these images, how nature makes them and just how amazing these finds really are. It is a great book to get inspired and then head out to find your own letters.
Farm Alphabet Book, Jane Miller
A great animal and farm alphabet book. They only stretch to find things that fit for a couple of letters! The best part of this book for slightly older kids, that may already know their alphabet, is that many of the pages with animals list the specific names for the male, female and young of the species. This was new information for Sam and even a great refresher for me!
Guidelines for joining the link up:
- Books must be nature related in some way.
- Books must be appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers or early elementary children.
- No adult books please.