OUT OF THE BEST BOOKS

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. 

FLOWERS

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

CLOUDS

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

THE WATER CYCLE

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

TREES (DECIDUOUS)

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

TREES (CONIFEROUS)

BACKYARD BIRDS (NESTING)

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

BACKYARD BIRDS

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

RAPTORS

The Boy Who Drew Birds

Thunderbirds

 

Feathers, not just for flying

 

The Hawk of the Castle

 

Owl Babies

 

Birds In The Bushes. A Story About Margaret Morse Nice

 

Beaks!

 

Owl Moon

TRACKS & SCAT

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?

SEEDS

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

FRUITS & VEGETABLES

The Reason for a Flower

Stelleluna 

 

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

WORMS & SNAILS

We Dig Worms!

Wonderful Worms

 

Yucky Worms

 

Swirl by Swirl

 

Dirt : The Scoop on Soil

 

The Snail’s Spell

MUSHROOMS

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

DESERTS

Cactus Hotel

The Three Javelinas

The Tortoise and the Hare

Grand Canyon

Way Out in the Desert

Deserts (GAIL GIBBONS

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

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

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