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6 Nature Books to Inspire Children to Get Outside and Explore

Explore the great outdoors with these fantastic nature books for children. From adventures guides to bird spotters, spot-and-say books to our children's almanac, these are perfect for fostering and interest in nature.

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National Trust: Look What I Found in the Woods

Written by Moira Butterfield Illustrated by Jesús Verona
2-5

Discover a world of wonder on a woodland walk, with this beautiful picture book from the National Trust.

Set off on an outdoor adventure to find natural treasure, from prickly pine cones to swirly snail’s shells, then learn more about the found object with irresistibly illustrated and informative nature notes.

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Go Wild in the Mountains

Written by Goldie Hawk Illustrated by Rachael Saunders
7-9

This is the ultimate pocket-sized adventure guide to all the fun you can have in the mountains: rock climbing, pitching a tent, tracking mountain animals and much, much more! Children will also learn exactly what not do, from being attacked by mountain lions to getting caught in an avalanche.

With interesting information about navigation and mountain sports, safety tips and even a fun quiz, this is the perfect book for young adventurers.

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National Trust: Out and About Bird Spotter

Written by Robyn Swift Illustrated by Mike Langman
5-7

Ideal for any budding birdwatchers, this book encourages children to get outside and spot birds in the wild! It is packed with useful information about how to get started, as well as a comprehensive field guide section full of expert tips on how to identify a species when they’re out and about.

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National Trust: 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4

Written by Nosy Crow Illustrated by Sandra de la Prada
5-7

Bursting with ideas to help children from any background discover the great outdoors and get closer to nature! With 50 fantastic activities, selected by children from around the country: splash in the waves, build a den in the woods, fly a kite and much more.

Full of handy tips, nature facts and activity checklists, it’s the perfect nature journal – with lots of space for notes, photos, leaves and doodles. And when it’s just too wet to go outside, you can always turn to the rainy-day activities.

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National Trust: Look and Say What You See at the Seaside

Illustrated by Sebastien Braun
2-5

From seashells and sandcastles on the shore to starfish and seahorses underwater, this look-and-say book for little ones is a great way to start learning about nature around the town. With a ‘Can you see?’ strip across every spread and objects to name, this book is designed to stimulate speech and build vocabulary. The spot-and-find aspect is perfect for the youngest of readers to become absorbed in the nature details.

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National Trust: 2021 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac

Written by Anna Wilson Illustrated by Elly Jahnz
7-9

Take the learning outside with our 2021 Children's Almanac! This fantastic fully-illustrated guide includes nature spotter guides, indoor and outdoor craft and activity ideas, seasonal recipes and celebrations of religious festivals and special events. A wonderful addition to your homeschool bookshelf, this gorgeous almanac will encourage children to connect with nature and the world around them.

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