8 brilliant books about everyday nature

Book Adventurers | Published: 11th September 2021

As September marches rather too swiftly away from the summer holidays, the upside is all around us. The changing colours and flavours of autumn make this a lovely time of year to learn a little more about the nature we encounter every day.

As September marches rather too swiftly away from the summer holidays, the upside is all around us, in the changing colours and flavours of autumn. For little feet clad in rubber boots kicking leaves and splashing in puddles is about as cool as you can get so it’s a lovely time of year to learn a little more about the nature we encounter all around.

The endlessly amazing facts and the humbling power of plants and trees and just the breathtaking basic alchemy of everything green. We’re thankfully spoilt for choice when it comes to stories and books about this subject but here are 8 of our current favourites that show us how much there is to learn and understand about everyday nature.

Lore of the Wild: Folklore and wisdom from Nature

Author: Clare Cock-Starkey
Illustrator: Aitch
Age suitability: 6-12 years

An unusual and eye-opening collection of stories about nature which are jam-packed full of curious and child-pleasing facts. Did you know, for example, that people used to believe that rabbits’ ears would twitch in the direction of a thunderstorm or that lily of the valley flowers were formed from fairies’ drinking cups?

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The Green Giant

Author: Katie Cottle
Age suitability: 5-7 years

For any Book Adventurers familiar with The Blue Giant, this is Katie Cottle’s debut picture book with an equally beautiful eco-tale. This illustrated story tells of a girl called Bea visiting her Grandad in the countryside.

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When plants took over the planet

Author: Chris Thorogood
Illustrator: Amy Grimes
Age suitability: 7-11 years

For kid detectives everywhere who love nothing more than to soak up historical data with gusto. This is an winding prehistoric hunt through the world of plants, tracing their extraordinary origins and evolution with some surprising facts.

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Growing Pains

Author: Alison McLennan
Illustrator: Melissa Johns
Age suitability: 4-8 years

A gentle and nurturing story about the planting of a tree and how caring for this plant helps Finn be brave. This is an incredible picture book for connecting children to nature and to their feelings, helped enormously by Melissa Johns’ charming illustrations created from recycled materials.

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Slow Down: Bring Calm to a Busy World with 50 Nature Stories

Author: Rachel Williams
Illustrator:Freya Hartas
Age suitability: 5 years +

This is an innovative book which takes snippets of nature that we might all miss in our busy lives, and slows them right down so we can see, smell, breathe in and witness their wonder. Whether it’s a snowflake falling, or a hare running or a mother duck taking her ducklings for a swim – you can ‘zoom in’, slow-down and enjoy the beauty of our everyday nature. Not just clever, but full of beauty in the words, illustrations and calm it produces.

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Cool Nature filled with Facts and Projects for Kids of All Ages

Author: Amy-Jane Beer
Illustrator: Damien Weighill
Age suitability: 8 years +

More facts about nature including the icky ones the kids love best! Did you know that fish can use tools, and that wombat poo is cubic? There are also brilliant experiments to conduct with your child, like how to turn salt water into drinking water.

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The Last Tree

Author: Emily Haworth-Booth
Age suitability: 1-5 years

The Guardian called The Last Tree ‘a timely and inspiring parable’, and it’s certainly a powerful story. Illustrated with deliberately childlike scrawls, this traces a world where houses take over from trees before the people realise what they have done. Important and hugely relevant in today’s climate crisis, just like the real world, it’s children who begin to grasp the challenge and start to create the solution.

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Let's Go For A Walk

Author: Ranger Hamza
Illustrated by: Kate Kronreif
Age suitability: 3 - 6 years

A fantastically active guide to getting out and about and spotting interesting things in nature. Perfect for elevating every walk, however short, into an interactive learning adventure (something we love!). Ranger Hamza, for anyone who has been living under a rock, is the presenter of the hugely popular CBeebies series ‘Let’s Go For A Walk’.

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