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Best Books on Nature

Explore the great outdoors through the written word with this compilation of the best books on nature. These titles have been frequently recommended by leading book blogs and publications, each one appearing in multiple articles for their enlightening perspectives on the natural world.

Recommendations from 42 articles, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Emma Watson and 57 others.
Best Books on Nature
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A Seed Is Sleepy
(Nature Books for Kids, Environmental Science for Kids)
Dianna Aston - 2007-03-01
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Discover the captivating world of seeds with this beautifully illustrated and educational book. Written in poetic language, the guide introduces children to a variety of fascinating plant facts. Whether reading with a parent or in a classroom setting, A Seed Is Sleepy is the perfect way to spark curiosity and inspire a love for nature.
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Nature Anatomy
The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World
Julia Rothman - 2015-01-27 (first published in 2014)
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Explore the wonders of the natural world with mesmerizing illustrations and fascinating insights in this captivating book. From the intricacies of mineral formation to the anatomy of a jellyfish, every page is a delightful journey that celebrates the beauty and diversity of nature.
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The Overstory
A Novel
Richard Powers - 2019-04-02 (first published in 2018)
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Discover a world unseen by human eyes in this stunning, passionate work of activism and resistance. Richard Powers's twelfth novel weaves together interlocking fables spanning centuries and continents, from antebellum New York to the Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest. Immerse yourself in this breathtaking paean to the natural world and follow the journey of a few individuals who learn to see the invisible forces at play in our world, as they become entangled in a catastrophic unfolding. A New York Times Bestseller.
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Beyond the Pond
Joseph Kuefler - 2015-10-06
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A boy named Ernest D. decides to explore the depths of his pond, only to find a world beyond his imagination. This discovery changes him forever in a heartwarming tale that reminds us all to never stop exploring.
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Over and Under the Pond
(Environment and Ecology Books for Kids, Nature Books, Children's Oceanography Books, Animal Books for Kids)
Kate Messner - 2017-03-07
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Explore the vibrant ecosystem of a mountain pond in this captivating children's book. Written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, readers will discover the hidden world of aquatic plants and animals. From minnows to beavers, tadpoles to dragonflies, the intricate and interconnected world of the pond comes to life. A stunning companion to other nature-focused titles by the same authors, this book will inspire a curiosity and appreciation for the natural world in young readers.
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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
(Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book)
Kate Messner - 2015-03-03
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Explore the secret world of a garden with Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt. Follow a young girl and her grandmother as they journey through a year of planning, planting, and harvesting. Discover the busy world down in the dirt as earthworms dig, snakes hunt, and skunks burrow. Stunning illustrations in dark earthy tones mixed with pops of color bring nature to life, while a glossary of garden animals enriches the reading experience. Perfect for families and classrooms, this educational and engaging storyline emphasizes the complexities and joys of sustained engagement with the land.
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My Side of the Mountain
Jean Craighead George - 2004-04-12 (first published in 1959)
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Venture into the wild with Sam Gribley as he leaves his city life behind and sets up home in the Catskill Mountains. With a falcon and a weasel for company and only his wits to survive, Sam learns to live off the land in this spellbinding, funny, and touching account. Along the way, he battles blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear, all while discovering his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure. Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain is a Newbery Honor Book that has inspired generations of young readers to explore the great outdoors.
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The Big Book of Bugs
Yuval Zommer - 2016-04-18 (first published in 2015)
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Explore the fascinating world of bugs with this fact-filled children's book, full of colorful illustrations and surprising facts about moths, beetles, worms, spiders, and more. Learn about the different groups of bugs and their unique features, from how they hide and show off to their life cycles and habitats. Perfect for young bug spotters looking to dive deeper into the world of creepy-crawlies that share our Earth.
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A Walk in the Forest
(ages 3-6, hiking and nature walk children's picture book encouraging exploration, curiosity, and independent play)
Maria Dek - 2017-04-04 (first published in 2015)
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"Explore the magical world of the forest with A Walk in the Forest, an invitation to discover nature through imaginative play and contemplation. Take a walk and collect treasures, listen to the sounds of nature, and build a shelter. Admire Maria Dek's charming watercolor illustrations and poetic text, as the forest comes alive in all its mysterious glory."
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Welcome to the Museum
Jenny Broom - 2014-09-09
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"Animalium" takes readers on a journey through the wonders of the animal kingdom, offering over 200 full-color specimens and informative text to bring them to life. It's the perfect book for nature lovers and those seeking a deeper understanding of the animals around us. Welcome to the Museum's first title in the series is a must-read for anyone looking to explore the world of animals in stunning detail.
A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston
Tree by Britta Teckentrup
A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Aston
Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald
Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Trees, Leaves & Bark by Diane Burns
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Here We Are Notes For Living On Planet by Illustrated Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers
Birds, Nests & Eggs by Mel Boring
The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups by Gina Ingoglia
The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Fun With Nature by Mel Boring
The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane
Outside Your Window by Nicola Davies
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Wilding by Isabella Tree
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Hike by Alison Farrell
Howl like a Wolf! by Kathleen Yale
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins
You Belong Here by M. H. Clark
A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston
Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain
The Magic and Mystery of Trees by Jen Green
Does It Fart? by Nick Caruso
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Sing a Song of Seasons by Nosy Crow
Botanicum Postcards by Kathy Willis
Moon by Britta Teckentrup
A River by Marc Martin
Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies by Mel Boring
The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Curious Kids Nature Guide by Fiona Cohen
Wildflowers, Blooms & Blossoms by Diane Burns
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray
Strange Trees by Bernadette Pourquie
Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer
Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Underland by Robert MacFarlane
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C Slaght
The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws
How to Be a Wildflower by Katie Daisy
The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner
Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman
The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins
The Big Book of the Blue by Yuval Zommer
Food Anatomy by Julia Rothman
The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer
Curiositree by Aj Wood
Bonkers About Beetles by Owen Davey
Get Your Boots On by Alex White, Chris Packham
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
The Night Gardener by Terry Fan
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
National Parks of the USA by Kate Siber
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte Mcconaghy
How to Be a Good Creature by SY Montgomery
The Wonders of Nature by Ben Hoare
The Book of Wilding by Isabella Tree
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Tiny Creatures by Nicola Davies
Water Is Water by Miranda Paul
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake