Accessing nature through books

There are so many good reasons to read. Reading helps us imagine new places, learn about new things, and it’s fun! There are many fantastic children’s books about nature; the books I’ve listed below all have beautiful illustrations, interesting stories, and might even teach you something new. Try reading one with your teacher, your parents, or on your own. This is just a small sampling of the many great children’s books that you can find on nature topics. Check out your local library for more. Happy reading!

Everybody Needs a Rock, by Byrd Baylor

The main character in this book guides the reader through the search for a special rock that is just the right size, color, texture, shape, and smell. If you find the right one, you just might want to keep it forever!

The Salamander Room, by Anne Mazer

A young boy finds a salamander that he wants to keep for a pet, but as he describes all the changes he would need to make to his room for his new pet, his room starts to look more and more like a forest! This is a great book for learning about habitats, which all animals need to survive.

Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon

When Stellaluna, a young fruit bat, falls out of her nest, she lands in a bird’s nest, where the mother bird adopts her and tries to teach her how to be a bird! Luckily, Stellaluna is rescued by her own mother before she gets too confused. This is a fun way to learn about the differences between bats and birds!

The Tree in the Ancient Forest, by Carol Reed-Jones

This book tells the story of a 300 -year-old tree and all the creatures that live in and around it. The tree is home to owls, voles, mice, and more.  As the drama unfolds, the reader learns just how much animal activity takes place on one huge tree!


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