November 29, 2010

Best nature/environment books for kids

With the holiday season just around the corner, we turn to one of the best gifts for kids….books.

I know for my son Reeve (just about to turn 4) his first glimpse into the natural world was through books – he was so excited by things like shooting stars, beavers building houses, a bear hibernating, the sound of wolves at night, a caterpillar changing into a butterfly….

I often think about what would make my ‘best of’ list…  so I polled some friends including Lexy Zissu, author of The Complete Organic Pregnancy & The Conscious Kitchen.  Feel free to post some of your favorites to comments.  No doubt we missed some great ones.


  • The Lorax by Dr Seuss:  the books that all others are judged against.  Could probably stop the list there.

  • The Curious Garden – inspired by The Highline in New York City, one boy’s journey creating a greener world.

  • The Wolves are Back by Jean Craighhead George:  a beautiful book that explains the interconnectedness of nature.  Wolves are reintroduced to Yellowstone and soon a system that was out of balance returns to a more full equilibrium.

  • The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein:  a beautiful story about a tree that loves and provides for a boy and a boy that loves a tree.

  • Make Way for Ducklings – an enduring classic


  • A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis
  • One Light, One Sun by Raffi (yes, the singer)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book by Eric Carle

Chapter Books / for older kids but not to be missed

  • Other Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighhead George
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White:  I read this to my son this summer and he couldn’t wait to hear each night what adventure came next.

Have so more great ones?  Post them to comments….

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  1. Bubbles says:

    I’d love these for my daughter.

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