Every year when spring arrives, we share the excitement of the new season with our children. Curious, we touch new buds, feel the weather change, and look for baby animals. Find more of nature’s springtime delights with these lovely new (2016) picture books.
Earth Day Celebration With Nature Books
Little Butterfly by Laura Logan
This is a gorgeous wordless picture book follows a little girl dreaming of flying with Monarch butterflies.
Until Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
“If you wait,” wonderful things happen in spring . . . “a seed grows” . . . and “There will be buds and bees and boots and bubbles.” If we wait. Until Spring comes. Vibrant illustrations and lyrical text.
The Bug Book by Sue Fliess
The bugs fly, creep, and twirl through the pages of this fun rhyming book. Great photographs perfectly capture the bugs’ adventures. Lovely!
Tree: A Peek Through Book by Britta Teckentrup
The tree stands tall throughout the seasons. Each of the tree’s changes bring new peek through illustrations of animals and bugs in it’s foliage until it snows. I love the bright illustrations and peek-throughs and so will your kids.
Strange Trees by Bernadette Porquie, illustrated by Cecile Gambini
The trees in this oversized book are absolutely fascinating. It’s a good choice for upper elementary aged kids. I’m glad there’s a map because I would love to travel the world to see trees such as a breadfruit tree, rainbow tree, and a chewing gum tree, among others. The illustrations and borders are eye-catching and gorgeous.
The Little Gardner by Emily Hughes
The garden is the teeny gardener’s home, supper, and joy; it turns out that the garden gives a big person joy as well.
Night Animals by Gianna Marino
The animals are hiding, keeping safe from the scary stuff in the dark . . . until all the animals learn that THEY are night animals and accidentally scare two kids camping in a tent.
Flying Frogs and Walking Fish by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
A walking octopus, a red-lipped batfish, and a sea butterfly are just some of the curious creatures who jump, scurry, and fly through the pages of this intriguing book.
Guess Who, Haiku by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Bob Shea
What a creative twist traditional nature haikus become clever riddles.
“from a lily pad
keep eyes spy a careless fly
a sticky tongue — SNAP!
Can you guess who from her haiku?”
Can you guess who from her haiku?”
I adore Bob Shea’s sweet illustrations of each animal.
Animal Bites Polar Animals by Laaren Brown
The layout is busy, filled with polar animals photos and information, a bit too busy for my tastes. But busy or not, you’ll learn a gazillion facts about everything polar. (also related: Animal Bites Ocean Animals by Laaren Brown)
Apples and Robins by Lucie Felix
As you notice the apples, their juicy tastes, the birds who feed nearby,
the geometric cut-outs, peek throughs . . . and when apples are gone, you can still see the red circle but now it’s the belly of robins.
My Nature Sticker Activity Book: Butterflies of the World by Olivia Cosneau
Learn about butterflies with information and interactive sticker activities.
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So
When she hears about the bright lights on the beach confusing the newly hatched babies, a girl asks her class to become the Loggerhead Lab. Together they inform the vacationing homes to turn off their lights at night. And it works! The babies follow the moon’s light toward the sea.
Baby Wren and the Great Gift by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jen Corace
Baby Wren learns to appreciate the wonder of being alive and the beautiful song she sings that makes her unique.
Outside A Guide to Discovering Nature by
Beautifully designed with black and white line drawings, this large tome gives the feeling of a home textbook. It provides information and activities that will inspire interest in the outdoor world.
How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide by Katie Daisy
Beautifully designed, this book will inspire you and your kids to spend more time in nature. It includes activities, recipes, and quotes.