10 Books to Teach Kids About Nature

BY CHRISTINA LOEWEN

We LOVE books in our home. One of my favorite things to do is hunt down new children’s books for my daughter and I to enjoy together. Now that spring has sprung and summer is around the corner, I have been collecting nature books that teach her all about the world around her. Teaching kids about nature has many developmental benefits and increases their concern for the environment. It has always been very important to me to help my daughter establish a connection to nature and I’m so happy to see how eager she to learn about the beautiful world around her. Finding interesting books about nature is a great way to achieve this and these books have also taught me so much along the way as well. These books are enjoyable for both adults and kids! Here are our favorite books nature books from anatomy to fairytales, that help her learn about and connect to nature.

Amber's Favorite Children's Books
A child reading one of their nature books outside. Barefoot Blonde.
Outside your window, one of the ten beautiful nature books for kids. Barefoot Blonde, Amber Fillerup.
Nature Anatomy one of the top ten nature books. Barefoot Blonde.

1

Nature Anatomy : The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World

By Julia Rothman

This is our favorite. This book is full of gorgeous artistic illustrations and encourages curiosity about nature. It has fun facts about the environment and teaches in an exciting way. I bring it out on our outdoor adventures and we use it to identify various aspects of nature that my daughter finds intriguing.

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How to be a wildflower one of the top ten nature books

2

How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide

By Katie Daisy

This book has the most beautiful illustrations I have seen in a book. When I first looked through it, I found myself totally lost in the magic and wonder of it all. It inspires it’s readers to go outside and see the world in a new way and establish a deep connection to nature. It is completely enchanting.

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Botanicum one of the top ten nature books

3

Botanicum : Welcome to the Museum

By Kathy Willis

A beautiful and elegant guide to plant life. This book teaches you everything about botany and has very interesting illustrations including really cool cross-sections of plants to show children a deeper look into plant life.

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Outside Your Window one of the top ten nature books. Barefoot Blonde.

4

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature

By Nicola Davies

Poetry, vibrant illustrations, and interesting facts make this book an amazing read for kids. It walks you through all of the seasons and each page is straight out of a fairy-tale. It is long so you can keep reading it in different sittings. The simple and educational poetry is an effective way of communicating with children.

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Bees a honeyed history one of the top ten nature books. Barefoot Blonde.

5

Bees: A Honeyed History

By Piotr Socha

This book takes you through the history and science of bees while highlighting their important role on the planet. The illustrations are charming and whimsical making this book an absolute delight for both children and adults alike! It will leave you and your children feeling amazed by this species and leave you with a deep respect for bees.

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The Curious Garden one of the top ten nature books. Barefoot Blonde/ Amber Fillerup

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The Curious Garden

By Peter Brown

An enchanting story about a boy who is seeking a greener world. This is a captivating read and teaches about the importance of caring for our environment.

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Because of the Acorn one of the top ten nature books

7

Because of an Acorn

By Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer

This is a simple and easy to understand book that teaches children about ecosystems and how everything is connected. There are cutouts and pretty illustrations that keep my daughter interested the whole way through.

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The Watcher one of the top ten nature books. Barefoot Blonde.

8

The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps

By Jeanette Winter

This book is sure to inspire a deep love for nature and respect for animals. I love this book because it teaches the importance of wildlife conservation and how if we aren’t careful, animals can become extinct.

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Tree : A Peek Through Picture Book one of the top ten nature books. Barefoot Blonde/ Amber Fillerup

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Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book

By Britta Teckentrup

An intriguing book about seasonal changes in nature. It teaches children about the various seasons and how nature changes with each season. It is easy to understand and the illustrations are fun for kids!

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Breath and Be one of the top ten nature books. Barefoot Blonde.

10

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

By Kate Coombs

This is a fantastic bedtime book that is full of soothing poems that teach of mindfulness and connecting to nature. The words are lyrical and very calming, focusing on meditation and love of nature.

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Two kids eating strawberries and reading one of their favorite nature books how to be a wildflower. Barefoot Blonde.

Whether you are going on an outdoor adventure or snuggling up at the end of the day, these books are great for learning about and connecting to beautiful the Mother Nature.

Article and images by Christina Loewen. You can view more content by Christina on her blog thescarlettdoor.com and on her Instagram here

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