Picture books about the beauty of nature

Thanks for joining my “Mommy and Me” Book Club. I hope you’re enjoying my ongoing “stay in bed and read” series. See my previous post on Where the Crawdads Sing for a book summary and “quotable quotes”.

As you’re reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens in bed (or in your favorite armchair), feel free to share these picture books with your children.

For every “mommy book” read, I’ll suggest a “me book” for your children with a similar theme. It is my hope that this “Mommy and Me” book club is a fun activity for you and your children.

Picture Books About the Beauty of Nature

Finding Wild

1. Finding Wild (2016) | Megan Wagner Lloyd

Two kids leave their urban environment in hopes of finding wild. As they return to the noisy and paved streets, they discover that the wild was in their own backyard all along. This book takes readers on an enchanting journey through nature. (Age Range:  3-7 years)

Run Wild

2. Run Wild (2018) | David Covell

“Hey, you! Sky’s blue!”

There are so many adventures to be had, sans screen – like jumping in mud puddles or running with the wind. This book favors skies over screens. Hey readers, leave your screens behind and read the book, preferably under an open sky. (Age Range:  3-5 years)

Outside Your Window

3. Outside Your Window:  A First Book of Nature (2012) | Nicola Davies

This magnificently drawn volume of poetry cultivates an early love for nature in all of its wonder and beauty. The natural world is just outside our door – whether it opens out onto the city or country. This book captures the sights and sounds of nature (e.g. biting into crisp handpicked apples) and a child’s simple but profound interactions with nature. (Age Range:  3-7 years)

You Belong Here

4. You Belong Here (2016) | M.H. Clark

“The stars belong in the deep night sky, and the moon belongs there too, and the winds belong in each place they blow by, and I belong here with you.

This bedtime book takes you all over the world where you witness plants and animals – all where they belong. A lovely title for new babies, adoptive families, and children of all ages, this book reminds children you belong here – you’re right where you belong. (Age Range:  5-6 years)

Tree a Peak Through Book

5. Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book (2016) | Britta Teckentrup

With cute peekaboo holes throughout, each page shows a new set of animals living in the tree – baby bears in the spring, bees in the summer, squirrels in the fall, and finally an owl in the winter – until a new year begins. This book teaches your little babes about the seasons and how the creatures in the forest change throughout the year. You can also check out BeeMoonOcean and The Twelve Days of Christmas, in this Peek-Through Picture Book series. (Age Range:  3-7 years)

Seeds Bees Butterflies and More

6. Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices (2013) | Carole Gerber

A honeybee and a bumblebee have a chat.
A rose offers a worm a bit of its compost.
A mouse assures a root of its importance.

Get an up close view of the insect and plant worlds. Under our feet, all around us, thousands of transformations and interactions are taking place. This book allows the reader the opportunity to listen in. (Age Range:  4-8 years)

A Nest is Noisy

7. A Nest Is Noisy (2017) | Dianna Hutts Aston

From the creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient, and A Rock Is Lively comes this carefully researched book. From hummingbirds to orangutans, a multitude of nests are showcased. This book has an impressive array of facts about nests that is sure to capture your little one’s imagination. (Age Range:  4-6 years)

Because of an Acorn

8. Because of an Acorn (2016) | Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer

Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Magical die-cuts show the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem. This book will spark your child’s exploration of his or her own ecosystem. (Age Range:  3-5 years)

Book of Bugs

9. Big Book of Bugs (2016) | Yuval Zommer

Your creepy crawlies will love this fun and fact-filled book about insects that bite crawl, creep, fly, and so much more. In the opening pages, your child will learn that bugs live almost anywhere! This book teaches your young globe trotters how to be bug spotters. (Age Range:  3-5 years)

Little Owl's Night

10. Little Owl’s Night (2013) | Divya Srinivasan

Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to a full moon and all his friends – Hedgehog, Skunk, Frog, and Cricket – enjoying the night. Mama Owl starts to describe daytime to Little Owl, but he falls fast asleep as the sun comes up. This book piques the interest of any child who’s curious about the night. (Age Range:  Preschool and up)

A Final Thought – From the Pillow

Mother Nature can be family or a friend to our children.

So for the times we can’t be there, do not discourage.

What other picture books would you add the list?

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