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Best Books on Nature

Recommendations from 13 articles, Tim O’Reilly, Emilia Clarke, Bill McKibben and 6 others.
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Nature Anatomy
The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World
Julia Rothman - Jan 27, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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See the world in a new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman celebrates the diverse curiosities and beauty of the natural world in this exciting new volume. With whimsically hip illustrations, every page is an extraordinary look at all kinds of subjects, from mineral formation and the inside of a volcano to what makes sunsets, monarch butterfly ...
A Seed Is Sleepy
(Nature Books for Kids, Environmental Science for Kids)
Dianna Aston - Mar 04, 2014
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Award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it a guide that is equally at home being read on a parent's lap as in a classroo...
Animalium
Welcome to the Museum
Jenny Broom - Sep 09, 2014
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Welcome to the Museum is a series of books set on the "walls" of the printed page, showcasing the world's finest collections of objects from natural history to art. Open 365 days a year and unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, each title in this series is organized into galleries that display more than 200 full-color specimens accompa...
A Butterfly Is Patient
(Nature Books for Kids, Children's Books Ages 3-5, Award Winning Children's Books)
Dianna Aston - Mar 03, 2015 (first published in 2011)
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From the creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Rock Is Lively comes this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. An incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder, from the tiny Arian Small Blue to the grand Queen Alexandra's Birdwing. Perfect for a...
A Nest Is Noisy
Dianna Hutts Aston - Mar 14, 2017
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"Fans will rejoice at the first sight of A Nest Is Noisy," promises School Library Journal, and they're right. From the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient, A Rock Is Lively, and A Beetle Is Shy comes this gorgeous and informative look at the fascinating world of nests, from those of tiny bee hummingb...
Outside Your Window
A First Book of Nature
Nicola Davies - Feb 14, 2012
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This gorgeously illustrated volume of poetry — sprinkled with facts and fun things to do — sows an early love for nature in all its beauty and wonder.The buzz of bees in summertime. The tracks of a bird in the winter snow. This beautiful book captures all the sights and sounds of a child’s interactions with nature, from planting acorns or biting in...
The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups
Gina Ingoglia - Dec 17, 2013
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The birds, the bees, the flowers and the…TREES! How do trees grow? Why do leaves change? What kind of tree is that? The acclaimed Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s guide answers all kids’ (and their parents’) tree-related questions in an easy-to-understand way. It features 33 different trees that grow in North America, from rural Georgia to the streets of ...
Over and Under the Pond
(Environment and Ecology Books for Kids, Nature Books, Children's Oceanography Books, Animal Books for Kids)
Kate Messner - Mar 07, 2017
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In this gorgeous companion to the acclaimed Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal bring to life a secret underwater world. In this book, readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a m...
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
(Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book)
Kate Messner - Mar 14, 2017 (first published in 2015)
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In this exuberant and lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt.Explore the secret world beneath the dirt that brings the world of nature to life: Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing ve...
Beyond the Pond
Joseph Kuefler - Oct 06, 2015
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Just behind an ordinary housefilled with too little fun,Ernest D. decides that today will be the day he explores the depths of his pond.Beyond the pond, he discovers a not-so-ordinary world that will change him forever....
Owl Moon
Jane Yolen - Oct 23, 1987
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Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.But there is no answer.Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope. Sometimes...
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston
Birds, Nests & Eggs by Mel Boring
Trees, Leaves & Bark by Diane Burns
Fun With Nature by Mel Boring
The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom
Curious Kids Nature Guide by Fiona Cohen
The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer
Botanicum Postcards by Kathy Willis
Tree by Britta Teckentrup
Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd
The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes
A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? My First Reader by Bill Martin Jr.
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
You Belong Here by M.H. Clark
The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws
The Night Gardener by Terry Fan
How to Be a Wildflower by Katie Daisy
The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess
The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins
The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins
Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
The Big Book of the Blue by Yuval Zommer
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky
The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess
Sing a Song of Seasons by Nosy Crow
Food Anatomy by Julia Rothman
The Nature Connection by Clare Walker Leslie
Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies by Mel Boring
A Beetle Is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston
Curiositree by AJ Wood
The Big Book of Beasts by Yuval Zommer
A River by Marc Martin
Moon by Britta Teckentrup
Wildflowers, Blooms & Blossoms by Diane Burns
The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy
The Variety Of Life by
Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
Gaia Girls Enter the Earth by Lee Welles
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray
Strange Trees by Bernadette Pourquie
Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer
The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs by Tristan Gooley
Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray