Children’s Nature Books
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They say: “Become a nature explorer and find out all about flowers. Discover the flowers that grow in gardens, woods, grasslands, mountains and deserts… Find out how long a flower lives, and how it uses its smell as a signal for bees…”
We say: Lovely to hold in the hand, wipe-clean hardback, generous spread of images with illustrations and photos. Clear and inviting information and explanations. Handy categorisation with chapters about flowers typical to all habitat.
Suitable for: ages 6 to 12.
They say: “A practical and exciting introduction to wildlife. Packed with brilliant photos and wildlife illustrations, this book includes top tips for finding and watching wildlife, plus a guide to many common species of British birds, animals and plants..”
We say: Handy size for the junior ruck sack, wipe-clean cover, a chapter dedicated to each species, plus general tips and guidance about nature watching. Easy to use with thoughtful information for the young reader.
Suitable for: Ages 6 to 12.
Hardback, 36 pages, full colour, images are illustrations, pub. LittleBig Foot, USA. Price: £14.99
They say: “Welcome to the Children’s Garden! Down the road from Woodlawn Avenue, on a street called Sunnyside, there’s a garden patch grown by children who live in the neighbourhood. A sign on the garden’s gate says: Children’s Garden, WELCOME! That means: Come in, please. Listen, see, smell, touch – even taste!”
We say: “A beautifully illustrated story-book style perfect for little ones who enjoy digging in the mud ! this book will provide hours of fun for all children, keen gardeners or no! recommended for reading with a grown-up, so a great choice for the daily ‘read to’ session.”
Suitable for: Ages 18 months to 4 years.
Paperback, 32 pages, full colour, images are photos. Pub. Raintree. Price: £9.99
They say: “Find out about all sorts of flowers and plants that live in Britain. From brambles to bluebells and from duckweed to daisies, this book is packed with facts and pictures about a wide range of plants…”
We say: Picture-book size, easy to recognise photos, wipe-clean and nicely paced for an energetic young flower enthusiast. Descriptions of plants are accessible and clear.
Suitable for: Ages 6 to 10.
Chris Thorogood, illustrated by Catell Ronca
Hardback, 64 pages, full colour, images are illustrations. Pub. Words & Pictures. Price: £12.99
They say: “Delve through this jungle of a book to discover lilies that use smell to trick insects, pitcher plants that eat animals and orchids disguised as bees. From venus flytraps to squirting cucumbers, these are plants like you’ve never seen before.”
We say: A glorious full colour magically illustrated adventure into the world of strange plants, guaranteed to engross readers of all ages.
Suitable for: Age 2 to 8 years.
They say: “What makes Eddie’s garden grow? Earth, rain, warm sun, and all sorts of creatures! Eddie works hard in his garden – digging, pulling up the weeds and watering his plants. Soon the garden looks wonderful, full of tasty treats…”
We say: Impossible to put this beautifully illustrated book down. It brings to life all the excitement, wonder and adventure of growing plants. Sarah Garland’s charming and thoughtful illustrations and text provide an honest, encouraging and realistic introduction to family life in the vegetable garden, plus an easy to understand guide to the best seeds to grow with children for colour, taste and effect.
Suitable for: Ages 4 to 7 years.
Hardback, 14 pages. Full colour. Images are illustrations. Pub. Usborne. Price: £5.99
They say: “Learn the names of the beautiful flowers in this book and discover where they are found. How many do you know?”
We say: A board book for the little botanist with delightful illustrations of the most common wild and garden flowers. A useful book for the first book shelf and perfect for taking out on flower hunting walks and giving names to plants.
Suitable for: Ages 18 months to 3 years.
They say: “From exploding violets to swimming water lilies, from bouncing conkers to hitch-hiking burdock, plants go on amazing journeys! Discover the many wonderful ways that seeds can travel and watch as they grow into brand new plants.”
We say: This book would make a perfect gift for any youngster. Its beautiful illustrations provide an art book, and the explanatory text is easy to understand and clearly and thoughtfully paced. A wonderful journey of a book for any child.
Suitable for: Ages 8 to 14
“Now, my dears,” said old Mrs Rabbit one morning, “you may go into the fields or down the alne, but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden.”
Suitable for: 3 to 6 years
Hardback, 57 pages, illustrations, 11.1 x 1.2 x 14.5 cm. Pub. Warne.
“That’s a pair of mittens belonging to Tabby Kitten; I only have to iron them; she washes them herself.”
Suitable for: 3 to 6 years
“But Nutkin sat upon a big flat rock, and played ninepins with a crab apple.”
Suitable for: 3 to 6 years
“Beatrix Potter… often based her stories on real places or creatures. For the Tale of Two Bad Mice she used her own two pet mice, Tomb Thumb and Hunca Munca, as models for the principal characters. The doll’s house belonged to a little girl who was her publisher’s niece”
Suitable for: Ages 3 to 6 years.
“The Tale of Benjamin Bunny continues the story of Beatrix Potter’s first and most popular book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Peter once again ventures into the forbidden territory of Mr McGregor’s garden, but this time in the company of his reckless young cousin Benjamin.”
Suitable for: Ages 3 to 6 years.
They say: “Follow the simple step-by-step instructions to grow climbing cucumbers, edible flowers, popcorn, squash shaped like flying saucers, and much, much more…”
We say: Spiral bound, wipe-clean covers and fabulously colourful illustrations which are beautifully set out. There are sections on herbs from cuttings, equipment, growing baby salad leaves, sowing seeds… a great first book of gardening for the child and adult beginner alike!
Suitable for: ages 8 to 13.
Hardback, 88 pages, Pub. Faber,
“In these poems Ted Hughes invites the reader to try and catch the spring (but she’s elusive); to take a closer look at the March calf; to listen to the happiness of the summer grass; and to notice the ‘weak-neck snowdrops’ in winter. Earth is revealed in all its surprising richness and rawness.”
We say: Every child’s bookshelf should contain a copy of this. Poems for every season, and a book to treasure for life.
Suitable for: All ages.
“Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first no one noticed – until one day, they were gone. But there is an old kind of magic for finding what is missing, and for summoning what has vanished. If the right spells are spoken, the lost words might return…”
An absolute treasure of a book.
Suitable for: 3 -5 years – the illustrations and poems are open to enjoyment for any age.
“Gardens are for playing in, for getting muddy and making dens! Alfie learns that gardens are also for growing things, but seeds can take a long time – especially when you’re waiting to share wit a special friend.”
In the very best tradition of the Alfie series, this book will entice any child to enjoy the outdoors nearest to their own home.
“This digging turned out to be more interesting than he thought it would be, because under the soil a lot of creepy crawlies were living. There were interesting creatures like ants, earwigs, wriggling worms…”
Suitable for: Ages 3 – 5 years.
Paperback, 80 pages, 21 x 1 x 21 cm, Pub. Random House Children’s.
“Learn all about flowers and vegetables, fruit and herbs, and there’s even a gardening scrapbook to fill in and keep. This special book is packed with all kinds of things to make and do, whatever the weather.”
This book manages to magically provide top quality factual information while simultaneously, via the beautiful illustrations from Eleanor Taylor, provide all the colour to inspire any youngster to grow their own. There are simple recipes for meals to make from your own produce, tips on how to look after the soil, information about how plants grow… packed with useful child friendly tips.
Suitable for 5 to 7 years.
“Find out about all sorts of flowers and plants that live in Britain. From brambles to bluebells and from duckweed to daisies, this book is packed with facts and pictures..You’ll discover where to look for wildflowers, how they grow from bulbs and seeds and the things they need to grow and thrive.”
Suitable for: Ages six to 10
“How do tadpoles turn into frogs? Can spiders live underwater? What do dragonflies eat? In this book, you’ll find the answers and lots more.”
Suitable for: Ages 4 to 6.
Paperback, 108 pages, illustrated, 26.3 x 1 x 28.8 cm, Pub. Walker Books.
“With words by children’s author Nicola Davies and pictures by one of the country’s finest illustrators, Petr Horacek, this book celebrates life in the wild in all its dazzling variety and splendour.”
The large and captivating illustrations from Petr Horacek with Davies’ poetic words make this book a much- loved addition to any childs’ bookshelf. Top of the list for bedtime reads.
“Velvet soft and gleaming white, The barn owl flies across the night. Quiet as the floating moon, It looks, it listens, then swoops down. The mouse never heard the owl come; Now, just as silently, it’s gone.”
“Come into the forest and discover the secret world of trees. Do you know they send underground messages? Have you heard how they take care of their families? A tree is much more than it seems…”
Suitable for: Ages 7 to 9 years.
“Explore a world of flowers and trees, of butterflies and honey bees. Lift the flaps and try to find a matching pair of every kind! – lift two flaps at a time to see if you can find a pair. But be careful …there’s an odd one out to trick you on every page!”
Suitable for: Ages 2 to 5 years.
“Grow your own vegetables, from crunchy carrots to fresh peas and then turn them into delicious pea gnocchi or scrumptious beetroot chocolate cake. Step-by-step guides show how easy it is to grow vegetables in a garden, containers, window boxes or an allotment. Mouth-watering recipes are simple to follow and fun to make.”
Suitable for: 6 to 8 years.