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Nature Study

For young children, Nature Study is completely sufficient as a science curriculum. Help your child (and yourself) to develop a sense of wonder, pay attention to the world, notice patterns, and learn about our Savior's beautiful creations- with the help of your local library and your own backyard. 

Our nature study book suggestions are not exclusively non-fiction, because we aim to help bring greater wonder into whatever your family is learning about. Fairytales, biographies, and storybooks are a valuable way for your children to see how they fit in to nature, as opposed to just seeing the world as a big, boring, abstract "thing."

You do not need to read every book on this list. We recommend reserving all of them that are available in your library system, but don't worry too much about

tracking them all down. There are over 12 sections below, so if your family studies one topic each month, this list can last for a full year of Nature Study. 


Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers, by Kathi Appelt

The Wonder Gardenby Jenny Broom

Planting a Rainbowby Lois Ehlert


Flower Garden, by Eve Bunting


The Garden of Happinessby Erika Tamar


Jack’s Gardenby Henry Cole


And Then It’s Springby Julie Fogliano


Green Green


Miss Rumphiusby Barbara Cooney


The Man Who Named the Cloudsby Julie Hanna

The Cloud Bookby Tomie dePaola

The Cloud Collectors Handbookby Gavin Pretor-Pinney

The Cloud Spinner, by Michael Catchpool

Little Cloudby Eric Carle

Cloudetteby Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudlandby John Burningham

Hide and Seek Fogby Alvin Tresselt


A Drop Around the World, by Barbara Shaw McKinney

Rhythm of the Rain, by Grahame Baker-Smith

Water is Water, by Miranda Paul


One Well, by Rochelle Strauss


The Water Hole, by Graeme Base


The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story, by Neil Waldman


The Biggest Puddle in the World, by Mark Lee


It looked like Spilt Milk, by Charles Shaw


Come on, Rain!, by Karen Hesse


Worm Weather, by Jean Taft


Rain Feet


The Story of Snow, by Jon Ph.D. Mark Cassino

Snowflake BentleyJacqueline Briggs Martin


In a Nutshellby Joseph Anthony & Cris Arbo

The Great Kapok Treeby Lynne Cherry

Strange Trees, by Bernadette Pourquie & Cecile Gambini


Tree Lady, The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Foreverby H. Joseph Hopkins


Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa, by Jeanette Winter


Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenyaby Donna Jo Napoli


The Things that I Love About Treesby Chris Butterworth


Strange Trees: And the Stories Behind Themby Bernadette Pourquie and Cecile Gambini


The Family Tree


As an Oak Tree Growsby G. Brain Karas


Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert

The Busy Tree, by Jennifer Ward


One Small Place in a Tree, by Barbara Brenner


Arbor Day Square


Someday, a Treeby Eve Bunting

The Big Treeby Bruce Hiscock

Because of an Acornby Lola M. Schafer & Adam Schaefer

Trees: A Rooted History, by Piotr Socha & Wojciech Grajkowski


Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?by Jennifer Blomgren

A Walk in the Forestby Maria Dek

A Tree is Niceby Janice May Udry IS THIS IN THE RIGHT CATEGORY


From Cone to Pine Treeby Emma Carlson-Berne


Tell me, Treeby Gail Gibbons


A Log’s Lifeby Wendy Pfeffer


Aani and the Tree Huggersby Jeannine Atkins


The Little Fir Treeby Christopher Carr


The Nest that Wren Built

Have you Heard the Nesting Bird?


Bird Builds a Nest


This is the Nest that Robin Built


All Kinds of Nests


Birds, Nests & Eggs: A take along guide


Mama Built a Little Nest


Chickadee’s Message


Feathers for Lunch


A Nest is Noisy


An Egg is Quiet


Hummingbird by Nicola Davies

For The Birds. The Life of Roger Tory Peterson


About Birds: A guide for Children

Peterson Field Guide for Young Naturalists, Backyard Birds


Feathers: Not Just for Flying


The Birdwatchers


George Flies South


Paddle Perch and Climb


Chickadee Winter


The Mountain That Loved a Bird


Look Up! Birdwatching in your own backyard


On Duck Pond


Is This Panama? A Migration Story


Bird Watch


One Dark Bird


My Happy Year, by E. Bluebird


Robins: How They Grow Up


Bird Count


The Boy Who Drew Birds



Feathers, not just for flying


The Hawk of the Castle


Owl Babies


Birds In The Bushes. A Story About Margaret Morse Nice




Owl Moon


Who Was Here?

Wild Tracks


Who Was Here


Take-Along Guide to Tracks, Scats and Signs


Whose Tracks Are These? A Clue Book of Familiar Forest Animals


Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints


Life-Sized Animal Tracks


Match a Track (Matching Game)


Tracks in the Snow


Over and Under the Snow


Who Pooped in the Northwoods?


The Dandelion Seed

Miss Maples Seeds


The Tiny Seed 


A Seed is Sleepy


Caterpillar and Bean A First Science Storybook


Because of an Acorn


Ten Seeds


Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move


Seeds by Ken Robbins


If You Hold a Seed


The Reason for a Flower



The Fruits We Eat 


Handa’s Surprise


Tops and Bottoms


Stone Soup


Plants Feed Me


Johnny Appleseed


The Ugly Vegetable


A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds

Blueberries for Sal

Peter in Blueberry Land


We Dig Worms!

Wonderful Worms


Yucky Worms


Swirl by Swirl


Dirt : The Scoop on Soil


The Snail’s Spell


The Mushroom Fan Club

We Are Fungi


Mushrooms of the World


Let's learn about mushrooms


Children of the Forest


Plants That Never Ever Bloom: A Book About Plants without Flowers


Mushroom in the Rain


Tales of the Mushroom Folk


A Big Garden


Cactus Hotel

The Three Javelinas

The Tortoise and the Hare

Grand Canyon

Way Out in the Desert


Creatures of the Desert World

The Desert Is Theirs

Kissing Coyotes

Lizards for Lunch: A Roadrunner's Tale

Life in the Slow Lane: A Desert Tortoise Tale

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