Friday, October 14, 2016

More Picture Books About Nature

Not every kid has a forest to roam. Many are limited to the ecosystems in their backyards, or the potted plants in the kitchen, a school garden, or weekend camping trips. Books about nature can transport children to another world and give them an understanding of where nature fits into their lives.

There are many great books, both fiction and non-fiction, about nature. Gail Gibbons has written and beautifully illustrated too many to count. I have used books like Ladybugs and Whales in my classroom and they really give kids an up close and personal look at animals and landscapes the kids don't necessarily see in their everyday lives.

The following is a list of five books that are worth reading in addition to books by Gail Gibbons:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (ISBN 0241003008)

This is a very popular book about a caterpillar who eats and eats and eats. I am including it because my class raises monarch caterpillars every year. We watch them go from a tiny egg to huge (relatively speaking) caterpillar by eating and eating and eating, just like Eric Carle's protagonist.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (ISBN 0333710932)

This is the fictional story of a mouse who outsmarts the natural order, i.e. the food chain, by inventing a gruesome monster to scare predators away.  A very clever rhyming story.

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies (ISBN 0763673153)

A non-fiction picture book that introduces kids to the world of microbes. A must read for any budding scientist.

A Curious Garden by Peter Brown (ISBN 0316015474)

A fictional story about a boy who finds a struggling garden in a gray, dying concrete city and helps it grow and expand until it brings the city back to blooming life.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (ISBN 0399214577)

A fictional story about a girl who goes owling with her father. A thoughtful depiction of the connection between humans and nature.

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