If you're looking for the best nature books for kids, don't miss out on this list. All of these nature books encourage exploring nature and honing hands-on and observational skills. Plus they're beautiful books!
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While the majority of these books about nature are geared towards younger children, there are several that can be open to older ages, too.
When it comes to enjoying nature, nature lessons, nature journaling, and spending time together outdoors are all important aspects of our off grid homeschool.
Now I know not all families live off the grid in the middle of the wilderness. Yet you can still get outdoors with children and enjoy forest schooling style learning, foraging to teach, or just gentle nature walks.
Round out those experiences by reading nature books for kids together as a family. If you're not a homeschooling family, add these books to your bedtime routine.
Or start a Saturday hiking tradition and read one of these titles each week. Even the littlest ones can start with stunning nature picture books and simple preschool nature lessons.
Here are 15 of the best nature books for kids from preschoolers to about the fifth grade.
15 Best Nature Books for Kids
15 Best Nature Books for Kids
If you're looking for the best nature books for kids, look no further.
I've compiled a list of 15 great titles that are perfect for kids ages 3 through 13.
From animals to trees to herbs and more, these books will teach your kids all about the natural world around them.
Exploring Nature Activity Book for Kids: 50 Creative Projects to Spark Curiosity in the Outdoors (Exploring for Kids Activity Books and Journals)
This book is a great way to get the kids up and outside exploring nature—full of activities and ideas.
The Keeper of Wild Words: (Nature for Kids, Exploring Nature with Children)
This is a beautiful book and story about family and their love of words and nature.
Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail: What Will You Find?
This book is excellent for the kids to take with them when they're outside exploring nature.
The Hike: (Nature Book for Kids, Outdoors-Themed Picture Book for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners)
Follow along on the journey of three girls who are out to explore the forest.
Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest
Page after page of bright illustrations and facts!
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World
This beautiful book is part of a series, and one of our family favorites. We've used chapters from it for our third grade - through fifth-grade homeschool science lessons. Highly recommend!
The Wonders of Nature (DK Children's Anthologies)
Another beautiful nature book for children from popular children's science education publisher DK. Also part of a series, the publisher suggests it for ages 7 - 9, but I've used it with my kids at age 5.
Big Book of Blooms (The Big Book Series)
This delightful colorful book will get your kids excited for learning about some of the most beautiful flowers in the world.
The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms
An excellent outdoor workbook suitable for homeschool families with children in grades 3 through 8. Encourages observation of wildlife, flora and fauna in the wilderness as well as record-keeping with this informative outdoor notebook.
Fliptomania Nature Flipbook 3-Pack: Butterfly, Hummingbird, and Frog Flip Books
A fun three-pack of nature flipbooks for children ages 4+!
The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature (Dover Children's Science Books)
This is hands-down my youngest daughter's favorite science book. In fact, our copy is so dog-yeared that the cover is barely hanging on. A wonderful overview of science and nature for children ages 4 through about 8.
Nature Journal: A Kid's Nature Journal
Just a lovely nature journal for children to record what they observe on their nature walks and outings. A good fit for Charlotte Mason style homeschooling families.
The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups
Do your children know how and why trees grow? This comprehensive book from Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is a gentle introduction to the world of trees for children ages 4 through 10 (Kindergarten through fifth grade.)
The Organic Artist for Kids: A DIY Guide to Making Your Own Eco-Friendly Art Supplies from Nature
Do you have hands-on learners? If so, they'll love foraging for natural materials to make their own art supplies. A unique and interesting nature book for elementary and middle school children.
Tiny Explorers: Into the Wild: Outdoor activities, play ideas and fun
Part of the Tiny Explorers series of children's nature books, this volume is absolutely stunning and is loved by children of all ages.
We use (or have used) several of these titles in our homeschool science for third and sixth grades.
Other titles are on our wishlists for gifts and/or future homeschool purchases.
Whether you're looking for beautiful nature books for preschoolers, nature journals, or nature workbooks for kids, remember to save this post for future reference.
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