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Nature Books for Kids

  • Snowflake Bentley – Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
  • Swirl By Swirl – Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes
  • Who Pooped In The Park ? – series by Steve Kemp
  • The Very Busy Spider – Eric Carle
  • Insectlopedia – Douglas Florian
  • Big Tracks, Little Tracks – Millicent Selsam
  • Time To Sleep – Denise Fleming
  • Mud Mary – Lyn Ray
  • Rabbits & Raindrops – Jim Arnosky
  • Fairy Houses – Tracy Kane
  • In My Backyard – Valarie Giogas
  • Everybody Needs A Rock – Byrd Baylor
  • All About Deer, All About Owls, I See Animals Hiding,
  • Crinkleroots 25 Fish Every Child Should Know – Jim Arnosky
  • Crinkleroots 25 Birds Every Child Should Know – Jim Arnosky
  • Crinkleroots Guide to Knowing the Trees – Jim Arnosky
  • Herman and Marguerite: An Earth Story – Jay O’Callahan

Nature Guide Books

  • Critters of Michigan Pocket Guide – Ann McCarthy
  • The Nature Handbook – Ernest H. Williams, Jr.
  • What’s On The Beach? – Mary Blocksma
  • What’s In The Woods? – Mary Blocksma
  • Backyard Detective: Critters Up Close – Nic Bishop
  • Take-Along Guides (series) – Mel Boring
  • Michigan Field Guide (series) – Stan Tekiela
  • Mammals, Birds, Wildflowers, Trees, Peterson’s First Field Guide (series) Published by Houghton Mifflin
  • The Audubon Society Nature Guides Published by Alfred A. Knopf

Nature Books for Parents & Teachers

  • Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors – David Sobel
  • Last Child in the Woods: Updated – Richard Louv
  • The Sense of Wonder – Rachel Carson
  • Children at Play – Heidi Britz-Crecelius
  • Children’s Special Places – David Sobel
  • Beyond Ecophobia – David Sobel
  • The Geography of Childhood – Nabhan/Trimble
  • Secret Spaces of Childhood – Elizabeth Goodenough
  • A Natural Sense of Wonder – Rick Van Roy
  • Childhood & Nature – David Sobel
  • Children and Nature – Kahn & Kellert

Outdoor Building Ideas for Older Kids

  • The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich
  • 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do by Gever Tulley
  • The Best of MAKE (Make 75 Projects From the Pages of MAKE)
  • Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything by David Lang
  • Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen
  • Built by Kids: The ABC’s of DIY by Timothy and Laura Dahl
  • Tree Houses  and Play Houses You Can Actually Build by Jeanie Trusty Stiles and David Stiles

Nature Activity Books

  • Run Wild!  Outdoor Games and Adventures – Fiona Danks
  • Nature’s Playground:  Activities, Crafts And Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors – Fiona Danks
  • Make it Wild!:  101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors – Fiona Danks
  • The Stick Book:  Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick – Fiona Danks
  • I Love Dirt – Jennifer Ward
  • Kids Nature Book – Susan Milord
  • Good Earth Art – Kohl/Gainer
  • Fun with Nature – Northwords Press
  • Nature’s Playground – Danks/Schofield
  • Sunny Days and Starry Nights – Nancy F. Castaldo

Nature Activities for Ages 2-6

  • Sharing Nature with Children – Joseph Cornell
  • Sharing Nature with Children II – Joseph Cornell
  • Nature in a Nutshell for Kids – Jean Potter