Best Kids Books About Nature

81+ Kids Books About Nature

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Augustus and His Smile book
#1
Augustus and His Smile
Written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a HUGE tigery stretch, and set off to find it. Stunning illustrations celebrate the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings to us. An imaginative book for children who love to explore the world around them.

The Stick book
#2
The Stick
Written and illustrated by Clay Rice
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When a young boy finds a stick on the ground and reads the inspiring words carved into it, his life begins to change until he fulfills lifelong dreams and discovers the truth about giving.

Maple book
#3
Maple
Written and illustrated by Lori Nichols
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open. When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

Up in the Leaves book
#4
Up in the Leaves
Written by Shira Boss and illustrated by Jamey Christoph
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Bob does not like the noisy, crowded streets and school hallways of his New York City home, so he decides to build a tree house in the cool, green calm of Central Park. Includes a note about the real Bob Redman.

Hello Hello book
#5
Hello Hello
Written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A new picture book from Brendan Wenzel, the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor-winning author of They All Saw a Cat! Hello, Hello! Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. Brendan Wenzel's joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature's infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities. It all starts with a simple "Hello." The book includes: • An afterword from author Brendan Wenzel about the importance of conservation and protecting the wildlife on our planet. • A glossary of the animals featured in the book and a notation on their status (Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered).

Snow Dog, Sand Dog book
#6
Snow Dog, Sand Dog
Written by Linda Joy Singleton and illustrated by Jess Golden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What would you do if you were allergic but realy wanted a dog? In this whimsical picture book, a young girl uses her crafty nature and imagination to create four-legged friends each season as the weather changes. She builds a dog out of snow in winter, sand in summer, leaves in fall, and flowers in spring!

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! book
#7
One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!
Written by John Micklos and illustrated by Clive McFarland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This playful counting book shares the colorful highlights of the four seasons in charming illustrations. Count your way through the seasons! In spring, the tree’s leaves appear, one by one. By summer, there’s a glorious canopy. And when autumn winds blow, leaves fly from the tree, one after another, leading us into winter. There’s a world of activity to spy in and around this beautiful tree as the wild creatures, and one little boy, celebrate the cycles of nature. As little ones count leaves, look for animals, and enjoy the changing seasonal landscape, bouncy rhymes and bold illustrations make learning to count easy—corresponding numerals reinforcing the learning fun.

Spit & Sticks book
#8
Spit & Sticks
Written by Marilyn Grohoske Evans and illustrated by Nicole Gsell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Succinct and factual text follows chimney swifts as they arrive on a Texas farm, build their nest, lay eggs, ready for fledglings to take flight, and eventually prepare to migrate back to South America. In a parallel, wordless story, a mom, dad, and young girl on the farm watch the chimney swifts throughout the summer and fall, even as they build a new crib and ready for the new baby they’re expecting. As they enjoy their baby’s first months, they also celebrate the fledglings’ first flight and bid the birds good-bye until next year. Nicole Gsell’s soft illustrations follow the tales of both families—bird and human—from each unique perspective. A beautiful addition to bird lovers’ collections, as well as classrooms and libraries.

Get Dressed, Sasquatch! book
#9
Get Dressed, Sasquatch!
Written by Kyle Sullivan and illustrated by Derek Sullivan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-7

The fun is au naturel when a rule-touting ranger dares to ask Sasquatch to put some clothes on.In the Pacific Northwest, the trees are always green, the eagles are always stern and Sasquatch is always, well, naked. But what happens when a rule-touting ranger shows up to ask Sasquatch to put some clothes on? Find out in this story of mountainous fun and evergreen hilarity.

Miss Maple's Seeds book
#10
Miss Maple's Seeds
Written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Fans of Miss Rumphius will adore this gorgeous picture book which introduces the kind, nature-loving Miss Maple, who celebrates the miracle in each seed. Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that haven’t yet found a place to sprout. She takes them on field trips to explore places to grow. In her cozy maple tree house, she nurtures them; keeping them safe and warm until it’s time for them to find roots of their own, and grow into the magnificent plants they’re destined to become. Eliza Wheeler’s luminous paintings feature gorgeous landscapes, lush foliage and charming details. Her tender story celebrates the potential found in each seed—since even the grandest tree and most brilliant flower had to grow from the smallest of seeds. Celebrate every season with Miss Maple, from Earth Day to graduations to harvest festivals.

Flower Fairies of the Summer book
#11
Flower Fairies of the Summer
Written and illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This beautiful reissue of the well-loved classic Flower Fairies title is complete with Barker’s original poems and exquisite artwork. Each page features her recreation of nature’s beauty and the enchanting world of the fairies. Essential background readings to the bestselling Fairyopolis, this book provides a glimpse into the enchanting world of the Flower Fairies.

Daylight Starlight Wildlife book
#12
Daylight Starlight Wildlife
Written and illustrated by Wendell Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In amazingly lifelike, luminous paintings, Wendell Minor, one of America’s finest wildlife and landscape painters, reveals the variety of animals that surround us when we are awake and when we are sleeping. Minor’s vivid introduction to diurnal (daytime) and nocturnal (nighttime) creatures invites readers to experience the movements, sounds, colors, and textures of nature. By day a red-tailed hawk soars through sky, and by night a barn owl silently swoops through it. In the daylight a family of fluffy cottontail rabbits hops into a field to forage for food, and under starlight a family of pink-nosed opossums does the same. As day turns to night and night to day, amazing critters large and small come and go. Children will enjoy comparing and contrasting the roaming habits of the wonderful wildlife that surrounds us.

Daniel Finds a Poem book
#13
Daniel Finds a Poem
Written and illustrated by Micha Archer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Stunning collage art full of rich color, glorious details, and a sense of wonder—reminiscent of the work of Ezra Jack Keats—illustrate this delightful story celebrating the poetry found in the world around us. What is poetry? Is it glistening morning dew? Spider thinks so. Is it crisp leaves crunching? That’s what Squirrel says. Could it be a cool pond, sun-warmed sand, or moonlight on the grass? Maybe poetry is all of these things, as it is something special for everyone—you just have to take the time to really look and listen. The magical thing is that poetry is in everyone, and Daniel is on his way to discovering a poem of his own after spending time with his animal friends. What is poetry? If you look and listen, it’s all around you!

Claudia & Moth book
#14
Claudia & Moth
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A small girl with a passion for nature turns to her new passion for art as the seasons turn colder. Claudia loves butterflies. Blue ones. Yellow ones. Purple ones with dots. And since she can’t take them home, she paints them in all their beautiful colors. But when winter comes, there are no more butterflies to paint…until she finds a little moth. Suddenly, Claudia sees winter in a whole new light.

My Leaf Book book
#15
My Leaf Book
Written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The brilliant colors of fall foliage take center stage in this picture book perfect for fans of the classic Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.With her trademark bold, graphic style Monica Wellington has created a picture book about autumn, trees, and leaves.aaWhen the seasons change, a young girl visits the arboretum to collect fallen leaves and make a book with them. Brilliant illustrations show each variety of tree the girl encounters, from the common oak to the lesser known gingko.a Spreads silhouetting leaves up-close help young children learn to identify them. Like the girl in the book, young readers will be eager to make their very own leaf books.

As If... As If... book
#16
As If... As If...
Written by Wenjun Qin and illustrated by Xun Liu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A little girl with a vivid imagination ventures into the garden after it has rained and discovers its beauty. Full of imagination, she enjoys a stroll and encounters many of the creatures that call the garden home. A smartly dressed earthworm, the lazy sun, a shy raccoon, a dancing butterfly. There is so much for her to see. This beautifully illustrated story will make readers appreciate the small wonders of nature.

Song of the Wild book
#17
Song of the Wild
Written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Petr Horacek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

An extensive look at nature in verse. An essential introduction to the animal world with exquisitely modern illustrations.

The Boy Who Lost His Bumble book
#18
The Boy Who Lost His Bumble
Written and illustrated by Trudi Esberger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The boy in this debut picture book is fascinated by the bees in his garden, and is puzzled and saddened when they disappear one rainy day. What can have caused them to leave, and is there anything he can do to get his bumble back? Nothing he tries is successful, but things start to look a little brighter with the arrival of Spring. A gentle, quirky introduction to the cycles of nature, with an important and highly topical message about the value of bees to our world.

Rainforest book
#19
Rainforest
Written and illustrated by Julia Groves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Exotic and beautiful creatures of the rainforest, selected for the extraordinary noises they make. Delicate, colourful and distinctive, Julia Groves' illustrations introduce us to the animals that live in this precious and endangered habitat.

Mossy book
#20
Mossy
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Who will help Mossy return home to Lilypad Pond? Mossy, an amazing turtle with a gorgeous garden growing on her shell, loses her freedom when Dr. Carolina, a biologist, takes her to live in her Edwardian museum. Visitors flock to see Mossy, but it is Dr. Carolina’s niece, Tory, who notices how sad Mossy is living in a viewing pavilion. She misses the outdoors and her friend, Scoot. Dr. Carolina finds a way to keep the spirit of Mossy alive at the museum. She invites Flora and Fauna to paint Mossy’s portrait. Then she and Tory take Mossy home, where Scoot is waiting for her. Jan Brett fans will pore over the colorful paintings of Lilypad Pond and lush borders displaying wildflowers, ferns, butterflies and birds in contrast to elegant spreads of the museum filled with visitors in stylish Edwardian dress and exquisite borders of shells, rocks, crystals and birds’ eggs.

The First Dog book
#21
The First Dog
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An exciting tale of adventure in prehistoric times, set against a spectacular Ice Age landscape. Kip the cave boy bounds along the trail home with a sack of warm and tasty Woolly Rhino ribs. If he could only get rid of pesky Paleowolf, who follows him, hoping for a taste of those delicious ribs! But Paleowolf’s presence turns out to be useful: His warnings save Kip from the Cave Bear, the Mighty Mammoth, and the frightening Saber-Toothed Cat. So Kip offers to share his food—if Paleowolf will use his keen nose, fine ears, and sharp eyes to keep Kip from being eaten up. With a bark and a wag of his tail, Paleowolf agrees to this bargain, and Kip christens his new friend “Dog.” In this exciting tale of adventure in prehistoric times, Jan Brett creates a spectacular Ice Age landscape populated with the massive animals of the time and bordered with images inspired by cave paintings and Ice Age artifacts. She convincingly portrays the growth of the warm bond between man and animal that must, long, long ago, have resulted in the first domesticated dog.

Odd Couples in Nature book
#22
Odd Couples in Nature
Written by Pavla Hanackova and illustrated by Linh Dao
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Life is better with a friend! Many animal species think so, too. This book explores the strange and wonderful ways in which some very different types of creature help each other out. You’ll see clownfish making deals with stinging anemones, ants farming aphids, zebras being groomed by oxpecker birds, and much more besides. Come with us on a journey through the natural world and discover that friendship can be found practically everywhere! Packed with bite-sized knowledge and charming illustrations.

The Moon Is Going to Addy's House book
#23
The Moon Is Going to Addy's House
Written and illustrated by Ida Pearle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This gentle, poetic bedtime story about a little girl and the friendly moon is perfect for fans of Ezra Jack Keats and Kevin Henkes After a play date in the city, Addy heads home to the country with her family. And through the long drive, the moon seems to be following them closely—Addy’s faithful guardian and friend. The comforting sense that the moon is your own personal companion is universal to childhood, and Ida Pearle has depicted it beautifully through her lyrical text and soft, sleepy cut-paper collage illustrations. This is a book that children will ask to hear every night at bedtime.

The Chameleon That Saved Noah's Ark book
#24
The Chameleon That Saved Noah's Ark
Written by Yael Molchadsky and illustrated by Orit Bergman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

It’s mealtime on the ark! Striking folk-art-style paintings illustrate this charming tale about the purpose of every creature and the harmony of nature. Noah and his family work hard to keep all the animals on the ark happy and well-fed. They find just the right food for every creature—except for the two chameleons. These picky eaters won’t eat anything! Noah is worried! What will tempt these two? It is not until the ark’s food supply is suddenly threatened, that Noah gets a surprising answer—and discovers that even the SMALLEST creatures have a BIG role to play in nature!

The Camping Trip That Changed America book
#25
The Camping Trip That Changed America
Written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein captures the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation’s history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.

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