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123 Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99

Beautiful nature cards that help to develop first number and counting skills.

Each flashcard features an engaging number-related activity that will help children learn as they play based on essential first number concepts such as counting, adding, patterns, shapes, opposites, sorting and sizes. This title is perfect for parents who want to foster a love of nature in their children. Suitable for ages 2 to 5 years.

ABC Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99

An entertaining and highly original set of learning-to-read flashcards. These beautiful flashcards have an original natural history twist and humour that makes letter learning surprisingly enjoyable. Their unique fold-over design makes them perfect for sharing and for putting up around the home to help reinforce letter learning. Inside the cards are activities based on essential preschool concepts such as colours, shapes, numbers, counting, matching and sorting. Suitable for ages 2 to 5 years.


About Insects: a Guide for Children. Cathryn Sill, $11.95 (ages 3-7)

Cathryn and John Sill explain the basic characteristics that all insects share, while offering a close look at a few of the many animals in this diverse category.


Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela Hanscom, $23.95

Today’s kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with television, video games, and computer screens. But more and more, studies show that children need “rough and tumble” outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions.

Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program—that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis — author Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help children thrive, even in an urban environment.

Today it is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, or spinning in circles just for fun. We’ve taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. Children have fewer opportunities for unstructured outdoor play than ever before, and recess times at school are shrinking due to demanding educational environments. With this book, you’ll discover little things you can do anytime, anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

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A Beetle is Shy. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $23.99

From flea beetles to bombardier beetles, an incredible variety of these beloved bugs are showcased here in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched and visually striking book is perfect for sparking children's imaginations in both classroom reading circles and home libraries.


Best In Snow. April Pulley Sayre, $23.99

With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre sheds sparkly new light on the wonders of snow. From the beauty of snow blanketing the forest and falling on animals’ fur and feathers to the fascinating winter water cycle, this nonfiction picture book celebrates snowfall and the amazing science behind it.


The Bug Book and Bug Bottle. Hugh Danks, $25.95

Kids are crazy about bugs! Kids and parents are crazy about The Bug Book & Bug Bottle. The ingeniously designed, safe plastic bottle is perfect for catching and viewing creepy crawlies, then letting them go unharmed. (This is a bug kit with a conscience!) The full-color book provides field notes to 46 bugs arranged by habitat, including pond, forest, ground, leaves, field and flower. Written by entomologist Hugh Danks, The Bug Book gives comprehensive information about these fascinating creatures—how they live, what they eat, unusual characteristics, and more. It offers simple, clear guidelines on how to collect and care for bugs, and equally helpful hints on which bugs not to catch. New to the kit are a fold-out bug chart for quick identification, a magnifier to see the critters up close, and a bug explorer's journal to record discoveries.

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Bringing the Forest School Approach to Your Early Years Practice. Karen Constable, $37.50

Bringing the Forest School Approach to your Early Years Practice provides an accessible introduction to Forest School practice. It identifies the key issues involved in setting up, running and managing a Forest School environment and offers clear guidance on resources, staffing and space required for successful play and learning outdoors. Including links to the Early Years Foundation Stage and a wide range of case studies, the book covers:

  • The beginnings of Forest School and how practice has developed
  • Child centred play and learning that allows for risk taking and challenge
  • Planning for children’s individual needs, learning styles and schemas
  • The learning environment
  • The role of the adult including health and safety and children’s welfare

Full of practical advice, this convenient guide will help practitioners to deliver new, exciting and inspiring opportunities for the children they care for.


Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators. David Sobel, $26.95

This leading voice in environmental education shows teachers how to build connections between the classroom and the real world. The book demonstrates the seven design principles for structuring projects that focus on the environment. These projects explore issues that students care about as they build skills in language arts, math, science, social studies, and problem-solving. An ideal resource for helping students appreciate the complexity and seriousness of our environmental issues.


David Hawkins and the Pond Study — Includes Book Two. David & Frances Hawkins & the Mountain View Center for Environmental Education, Elizabeth Kellogg, $28.95

This powerful two-book compilation includes rare photos, excerpts from the original documentation, and Elizabeth’s reflections on two inspirational projects David and Frances led.

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Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet. Nikki Tate, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Most of us see trees every day, and too often we take them for granted. Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. Deep Roots celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. Each chapter in Deep Roots focuses on a basic element — water, air, fire and earth — and explores the many ways in which we need trees to keep our planet healthy and livable. From making rain to producing fruit to feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Facts about trees and hands-on activities throughout help readers discover ways to get to know our giant neighbors better.


Discovering Nature All Year Round with Step-by-Step Projects for Kids. Young Einstein in Action Series, $9.50


Discovering Nature with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $35.95 (ages 3-6)

Explore the wonders of the natural world with the naturally curious child.

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Do Trees Get Hungry? Noticing Plant and Animal Traits. Martha Rustad, $9.99 (grades K-2)

Strap on your shoes and join Mr. Andre's class on a nature hike! They're out to discover if their class pet, Jojo the gecko, has any traits in common with the plants and animals they see. After watching for patterns in nature, Mr. Andre's students realize that plants, animals, and even humans are different, but they have many things in common!


Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth. Patty Born Selly, $35.95

Help children explore the environment and develop a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy for nature. Each chapter focuses on a common and important environmental topic, such as waste reduction and recycling, air quality, weather and climate change, and energy reduction, as well as activities that provide a foundation to educate children about our world through experience and play. Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth is filled with information to excite children, engage families, and encourage your community to be green. 


Early Childhood Playgrounds: Planning an Outside Learning Environment. Prue Walsh, $62.90

The outdoor play environment has an integral role to play in a child’s learning across the pivotal early childhood years. An outside space that is well designed allows for enriching, stimulating and challenging play experiences that meet children’s ongoing developmental needs. Early Childhood Playgrounds provides a step-by-step guide to planning, designing and creating an outdoor learning environment for young children. Written by an experienced practitioner that has consulted on over 2000 early childhood settings and schools internationally, this book considers all aspects of the outdoor learning environment and provides practical support on:

  • planning procedures and ideas for designs
  • a wide variety of play within a playground through the inclusion of quiet, open and active play areas
  • stimulating and challenging play
  • a natural environment that will provide interest and sustainability
  • spaces for toddlers and babies
  • playground needs for children with additional needs

This book will be fascinating reading for those studying early childhood and practitioners looking into the ways and means of setting up, improving or expanding their outdoor play facilities. It is also geared towards other disciplines, making it an essential guide for architects and planning professionals wanting to gain a greater understanding of play and the vital role it takes in meeting children’s needs and development.

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Educating Young Children through Natural Water: How to Use Coastlines, Rivers and Lakes to Promote Learning and Development. Judit Horvath, $49.95

The natural environment and its almost daunting size touches something deep within the children and — surprisingly — the large space brings them closer together. This book provides a comprehensive guide to Natural Water School provision by exploring its special pedagogy, the organisation and management of the Water School session and discussing the learning environment and its implications for children’s wellbeing and development. It clearly explains the key principles of this recently developed, contemporary approach and sets out a framework for setting up and leading a Natural Water School programme. The book shows how the aims and outcomes of early years education, including the Early Years Foundation Stage can all be achieved within the Natural Water School environment and is supported by examples and case studies throughout. Full of practical suggestions and activities, it includes:

  • Activity ideas covering topics such as wildlife, sensory activities, crafts, social development, physical play and construction in different seasons
  • Unique teaching tools to observe and develop the children
  • Ideas for working with children of different ages and learning styles
  • Detailed guidance on health and safety including risk assessments

The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places. Gary Nabhan & Stephen Trimble, $26.95

In this unique collaboration, two naturalists ask what may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wildness than at any other time in human history.

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The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children. Ann Pelo, $39.95

To nurture ecological identity in young children, we invite them into relationship with the world beyond walls and with the creatures that live there. We invite them into ethical thinking anchored by the compassion that comes from caring and engaged relationships. We invite them to come home to the Earth, and to live honorably in that home. Join author Ann Pelo on her year-long journey as she nurtures the ecological identity of a toddler and discovers for herself what it means to live in relationship with the natural world.


Hands-On Nature Projects. Sally Hewitt, $16.99

Designed with any classroom in mind, this fun book puts the excitement of discovery in the hands of young students, with projects that explore weather, seasons, animals, insects, and so much more. Simple text provides an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to each project, an explanation to why it works, and ideas for further activities.


Hollyhocks and Honeybees: Garden Projects for Young Children. Sara Starbuck, Marla Orloff & Karen Midden, $37.50

Discover how gardening provides a full curriculum, incorporating language and literacy, science and math, social sciences, and the arts. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know, from planning and preparation to pest control. Includes sample garden designs, recipes and activities, and an extensive resource list.

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How to Grow a School Garden: a Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers. Arden Bucklin-Sporer & Rachel Kathleen Pringle, $37.95

Reclaiming a piece of neglected play yard and transforming it into an ecologically rich school garden is among the most beneficial activities that parents, teachers and children can undertake together. This book provides all the tools that the school community needs to build a productive and engaging school garden that will continue to inspire and nurture students and families for years to come.

It's all here: developing the concept, planning, fund-raising, organizing, designing the space, preparing the site, working with parents and schools, teaching in the garden, planting, harvesting, and even cooking, with kid-friendly recipes and year-round activities. Packed with strategies, to-do lists, sample letters, detailed lesson plans, and tricks of the trade from decades of experience developing school garden programs for grades K–8, this hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.


How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. Scott Sampson, $22.95

American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors — 90 percent less time than their parents did. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat illness, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in nature seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development. Yet teachers, parents, and other caregivers lack a basic understanding of how to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world. 

How to Raise a Wild Child offers a timely and engaging antidote, showing how kids’ connection to nature changes as they mature. Distilling the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature — enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a sense of place along the way.


If You Find a Rock. Peggy Christian, photographs by Barbara Hirsch Lember, $11.50

What kind of rock will you find today? There's a world of possibilities right under your feet. Will you find a rock to skip in the water — or a rock to hide things under? It might be a wishing rock or a worry stone, a fossil or a rock you can kick all the way home.

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The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Children's Education Staff, $14.95

This gorgeously illustrated guide will inspire kids to look closely at the world around them! Created by the experts at the renowned Brooklyn Botanic Garden, it teaches children how to observe environments as a naturalist does and leads them on 24 adventures that reveal the complex ecosystems of plants and animals in the woods, at the beach, and in a city park. Detailed, scientifically based drawings help young scientists identify hundreds of North American plants and animals, while dozens of fun projects include keeping a journal, conducting field experiments, and exploring nature with all five senses.


Kids & Nature In a Jar®: Easy Ways to Love and Learn About the Outdoors. $14.99

Green ideas, fresh facts, inspiring quotations, and nature activities will stir kids to explore nature.


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Richard Louv, $23.95

As children’s connections to nature diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. In Last Child in the Woods, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply — and find the joy of family connectedness in the process.

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Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: a Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids Into the Great Outdoors. Peter Brown Hoffmeister, $17.00

This inspiring guide to helping kids enjoy nature and appreciate the great outdoors is drawn from the author’s experiences as an educator, guide, writer, and father. Focusing on fun, Hoffmeister offers a simple, practical introduction to hiking, camping, and all-around exploring that will help parents feel empowered and capable. Whether you’re a veteran outdoors person, a first-time hiker, or anything in between, get ready to put your sneakers on, turn off the video games, and rediscover the simple, overpowering joy of going out to play.


Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside: Creative Ways to Help Children Discover Nature and Enjoy the Great Outdoors. Fiona Bird, $24.95

In an era when the iPad is often more appealing than the park, it can be difficult to encourage kids to get off the couch and go outside. In this inspirational book, with ideas for children of all ages, foraging expert Fiona Bird shows the value of playing outside and discovering nature for children and families alike.

The outside adventure begins In the Woods, where children are encouraged to make a nature mobile, decorate pooh sticks, and make a wild kite. In Meadows and Hedgerows, ideas include designing a wild garland and making potpourri. Onward to Seashores, Rivers, and Ponds, where children can have fun with seaweed, from building a seawood oven to making seaweed bath parcels — and they can hone their survival skills by learning to make a beach net and collecting shellfish.

For those who don’t want to move far from home, there’s plenty to do in the Backyard Station, such as making a sundial, building a wormery, and attracting birds with a home-made bird table. Finally, in My Wild Kitchen, develop your child’s hunting and gathering skills with seasonal recipes made from natural ingredients, such as seaweed popcorn, bramble and poppyseed muffins, and snow-ice-cream.

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Let’s Go Outside! Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani, $17.95

Let’s Go Outside offers a range of activities perfect for fun in the city, the country and everything in between. Get outside and run, jump, play, explore, dance, hike or camp with your pre-teen and engage your child in outdoor activities and projects that will get the whole family closer to nature.


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Looking Closely Across the Desert. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely Along the Shore. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely Around the Pond. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely In the Rain Forest. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely Inside the Garden. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely Through the Forest. Frank Serafini, $16.95

The Looking Closely series takes children on a journey of discovery through a variety of natural environments with Frank Serafini’s close-up camera lens as a guide. Readers are challenged to guess the identity of each close-up photo; on the next page, each natural object is revealed in its full habitat, accompanied by a simple but detailed description. Young eyes will rediscover our planet as a place of beauty, mystery and delight. By inspiring children to ask questions and use their imaginations, these books help build problem-solving skills. They also encourage curiosity about environments that, examined this closely, are full of unexpected wonders. 

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Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children. Lisa Gardner Walsh, $21.95

No child can walk through a puddle of mud without a gigantic smile, and while the stuff might be the spring-time bane of grownups, children just love mud. Muddy Boots targets kids and families who value outdoor exploration and grandparents who long for their grandchildren to have the same unfettered time in nature as they did. The book features a wide range of hands-on activities for kids, including mud play, forts, animal tracking and forest wisdom, foraging, insects and worms, bird watching and bird feeding, and many small things for kids to make. Although not primarily about mud, the activities do encourage all hands to get dirty as they explore the world around them.

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My First Nature Activity Book. Susan Akass, Editor, $21.95 (ages 7++)

Discover the natural world with My First Nature Activity Book. Start with In The Garden — build an insect hotel for creepy crawlies, make fairy posies and create a wheelbarrow vegetable garden. Growing Fun has projects for plants that can be grown in small spaces, from growing a cress caterpillar in an old egg box on the windowsill to transforming your old rain boots into containers for tulips and daffodils. The Outdoors Indoors includes craft ideas for things you've collected — butterfly shell magnets, pine cone animals and an autumn leaf picture frame. Finally, head to Outdoor Crafts and Games with activities for camping, from a secret trail and a wigwam for your teddies, and for the beach, such as playing pebble games and creating seaweed creatures. Every project has a skill level of 1, 2, or 3, and comes with easy-to-read instructions and adorable, step-by-step artworks that will guide you along the way.


Natural Curiosity: Educating and Nurturing Our Children at Home. Lisa Carne, $35.95

Since becoming 'unschooled', the two children have thrived on a diet of self-directed play and learning, amassing life skills, confidence, responsibility, and a vast array of knowledge along the way. This thoughtful book touches upon important themes in education and environmentalism, such as children's rights in schooling, the use and place of technology in learning, and the absence of the natural world in mainstream education. It gives a considered, balanced view of home schooling, interspersed with entertaining tales including constructing life-sized mammoth skeletons and living for a day as historically accurate Vikings. It offers an understanding of how this type of education works and what inspires the choice to pursue it.

After making the choice to leave formal education, Lisa Carne's children embarked upon a path of self-directed learning powered by their interest in natural history. This book provides a fascinating and humorous commentary on un-schooling from the perspective of a family who have seen both sides of the education system.


Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments, 2nd Edition. Ruth Wilson, $66.95

Now in its second edition, Nature and Young Children promotes the holistic development of children by connecting them with nature. It offers advice and guidance on how to set up indoor and outdoor nature play spaces as well as encouraging environmentally responsible attitudes, values and behaviour in your early childhood setting.

Covering topics as diverse as gardening with young children, creating an accessible nature program for children with special needs and addressing cultural differences in connecting children with nature, this book reveals how important nature play can be in the development of young children.

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The Nature Connection: an Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms. Clare Walker Leslie, $21.95

This interactive workbook, packed with creative, year-round nature activities guides kids to observe and record what they see, hear, smell, and touch outdoors, whether they live in the country, the city, or somewhere in between. It offers dozens of fun things to do in every season: write a poem; make a sketch; tell a story; record daily sunrise and sunset times for a month; draw a local map and mark the locations of trees, rocks, animals; keep a moon journal; learn about the constellations; or collect leaves and bring them home to sketch and identify. Rediscover the world outside with The Nature Connection!


Nature Education with Young Children: Integrating Inquiry and Practice. Daniel Meier & Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, Editors, $59.50

Nature Education with Young Children is a thoughtful, sophisticated teacher resource that blends theory and practice on nature education, children's inquiry-based learning, and reflective teaching. The book’s guiding conceptual framework is founded upon the integration of four key ideas for effective and transformative nature education. Implementing nature study is one critical way that educators can integrate more science learning across the ECE curriculum and do so in an active, discovery-based manner. Nature Education with Young Children strives for an American version of what the Reggio Emilia educators do so well: creating a seamless integration of science concepts into the daily intellectual investigations that occur in classrooms everywhere.


Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: the Handbook for Outdoor Learning. David Sobel, $53.95

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens is the latest from environmental education expert David Sobel. Joined by a variety of colleagues to share their experiences and steps for creating a successful forest kindergarten program, Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens walks you through the European roots of the concept to the recent resurgence of these kinds of programs in North America.

Going well beyond a history lesson, these experts provide the framework to understand the concepts and build a learning community that stimulates curiosity and inquisitiveness in a natural environment. This helpful guide provides the curriculum ideas and guidance needed to foster special gifts in children. It also gives you the nuts and bolts of running a successful nature preschool business:

  • Potential obstacles and concerns
  • Staff and curriculum design
  • Best practices for success
  • Site and facility assessment
  • Business planning and how to successfully market your program

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Nature Sparks: Connecting Children's Learning to the Natural World. Aerial Cross, $41.50

Extend your classroom outdoors and you will quickly see how nature enhances the learning process in all academic areas, for all children. NATURE SPARKS helps children explore, respect and connect with the natural world.


Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors. Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95

This wonderful book leads parents, teachers and children through fields, across streams, and over mountains. From making a dam with sticks and stones to cairn lanterns on the beach at night, Nature’s Playground is packed with activities, games, crafts and adventures that will bring children outdoors for year-round fun and bring back memories of one of the chief joys of childhood for adults — exploring the natural world.


Raindrops Roll. April Pulley Sayre, $21.99

Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean. In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

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A Rock is Lively. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $10.99

A gorgeous and informative introduction to the fascinating world of rocks. From dazzling blue lapis lazuli to volcanic snowflake obsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this book introduces an array of facts, making it equally perfect for classroom sharing and family reading.


Sharing Nature® with Children: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Joseph Cornell, $14.95

Sharing Nature with Children, selling more than half a million copies, sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education. Now that classic has been rewritten, with newly added activities and games, and combined with Sharing Nature with Children Volume 2 in one complete volume. Fans of the original nature awareness classic will love this new version, which incorporates the author's latest insights. This phenomenal teaching tool, with its highly effective nature activities, will thrill new readers.


Sunny Days and Starry Nights: Nature Activities for Ages 2-6. Nancy Castaldo, $19.95

Adults and preschoolers can discover the outside world together with this updated and newly illustrated edition of this popular nature activity book. Tailored to the abilities and interests of preschool children, this book contains 67 activities selected to enhance young children's creativity, observational skills, and understanding of the natural world. Parents will appreciate how the activities encourage early learning skills, such as identifying colors and shapes, describing feelings, comparing, and expressing observations and ideas.

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Taking the First Steps Outside: Under Threes Learning and Developing in the Natural Environment. Helen Bilton, Gabriella Bento & Gisela Dias, $55.90

Can one be too young to play outside? This unique and compelling book charts the experiences of a group of under-three-year-olds as they explore their natural outdoor environment, followed by caring and attentive adults. It deconstructs the myths that underestimate under threes and celebrates the importance of connecting children with the natural world and the influence of positive relationships in this early stage of life.

Taking the First Steps Outside draws on all aspects of working outdoors, focusing on different steps of the project, main achievements and obstacles, implemented strategies and benefits for the development of young children. Written to support all students, teachers, practitioners and managers working with under threes, this essential guide will help you to develop your knowledge, build confidence and gain the ability to co-explore outdoors with children.


To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Laurie Rubin, $28.95

Discover how nature study can help students become careful, intentional observers of all they see, growing into stronger readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists in the process. From setting a tone of inquiry-based thinking in the classroom to suggesting specific units of study for reading, writing, and science, this book will guide you step by step through the basics of integrating the skills acquired during nature study into every subject. You will also discover all the ways that this purposeful work nurtures "green" citizens who become determined to respect and protect the natural environment.


Toad Weather. Sandra Markle, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez, $22.95

There's nothing to do on a rainy day — or so Ally thinks. But Mama says she's seen something amazing, so despite Ally's misgivings, she sets out on an adventure with her mother and grandmother. On her journey, she sees all sorts of things: dripping awnings, wet cardboard, splashing cars... but also earthworms, storm drain geysers, and oil slick patterns. And then they turn the corner, just in time to see a big crowd. What's happening?


Under Your Nose: a Book about Nature's Gifts. Judith & Shandley McMurray, foreword by Robert Bateman, $19.95

Chloe and Zachary reluctantly join their grandparents for a trip to the cottage. Equipped with their digital devices, they feel ready for a relaxing week playing games. However, as they soon discover, Nature has a different plan. This vividly illustrated book portrays the beauty and mystery of the natural world through their eyes, in this adventure of fun and discovery.

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Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family and Community. Richard Louv, $23.95

From Richard Louv, the bestselling author who defined the term “nature-deficit disorder,” Vitamin N (for “nature”) is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now, Vitamin N is a practical guidebook for the whole family, offering parents eager to share nature with their kids tips, activities, and ideas for young and old alike.


Water Wow! An Infographic Exploration. Antonia Banyard & Paula Ayer, Art by Belle Wuthrich, $14.95

Where did water come from — before it got to Earth? Why is the water you drink the same stuff that was around when dinosaurs were alive? If water can’t be created or destroyed, how can we run out? Find out the answers to these and many more intriguing questions in this vibrant book, designed to appeal to visual learners. Dive in and discover:

  • Why water is so important to different religious faiths
  • Amazing extreme lakes and rivers around the world
  • The surprising connection between water access and girls’ education worldwide
  • How climate change affects water, and vice versa — and what you can do about it
  • ... and more

Filled to the brim with colorful illustrations and diagrams, easy-to-understand infographics, and illuminating photos, Water Wow! is a dazzling and fun introduction to the importance of water in our lives.


What’s the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight. Merrie-Ellen Wilcox, $19.95

Whether they live alone or together, in a hive or in a hole in the ground, bees do some of the most important work on the planet: pollinating plants. What’s the Buzz? celebrates the magic of bees — from dancing honey bees to buzz-pollinating bumble bees — and encourages readers to do their part to keep bees in flight. All over the world, bees are struggling, but there are things that everyone can do to help save them, from supporting local farmers to growing bee-friendly gardens.

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Complete Booklist

123 Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99

ABC Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99

About Insects: a Guide for Children. Cathryn Sill, $11.95 (ages 3-7)

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela Hanscom, $23.95

A Beetle is Shy. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $23.99

Best In Snow. April Pulley Sayre, $23.99

The Bug Book and Bug Bottle. Hugh Danks, $25.95

Bringing the Forest School Approach to Your Early Years Practice. Karen Constable, $37.50

Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators. David Sobel, $26.95

David Hawkins and the Pond Study — Includes Book Two. David & Frances Hawkins & the Mountain View Center for Environmental Education, Elizabeth Kellogg, $28.95

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet. Nikki Tate, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Discovering Nature All Year Round with Step-by-Step Projects for Kids. Young Einstein in Action Series, $9.50

Discovering Nature with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $35.95 (ages 3-6)

Do Trees Get Hungry? Noticing Plant and Animal Traits. Martha Rustad, $9.99 (grades K-2)

Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth. Patty Born Selly, $35.95

Early Childhood Playgrounds: Planning an Outside Learning Environment. Prue Walsh, $62.90

Educating Young Children through Natural Water: How to Use Coastlines, Rivers and Lakes to Promote Learning and Development. Judit Horvath, $49.95

The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places. Gary Nabhan & Stephen Trimble, $26.95

The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children. Ann Pelo, $39.95

Hands-On Nature Projects. Sally Hewitt, $16.99

Hollyhocks and Honeybees: Garden Projects for Young Children. Sara Starbuck et al, $37.50

How to Grow a School Garden: a Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers. Arden Bucklin-Sporer & Rachel Kathleen Pringle, $37.95

How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. Scott Sampson, $22.95

If You Find a Rock. Peggy Christian, photographs by Barbara Hirsch Lember, $11.50

Kids & Nature In a Jar®: Easy Ways to Love and Learn About the Outdoors. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99

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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Richard Louv, $23.95

Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: a Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids Into the Great Outdoors. Peter Brown Hoffmeister, $17.00

Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside: Creative Ways to Help Children Discover Nature and Enjoy the Great Outdoors. Fiona Bird, $24.95

Let’s Go Outside! Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani, $17.95

Looking Closely Across the Desert. Frank Serafini, $16.95
Looking Closely Along the Shore. Frank Serafini, $16.95
Looking Closely Around the Pond. Frank Serafini, $16.95
Looking Closely In the Rain Forest. Frank Serafini, $16.95
Looking Closely Inside the Garden. Frank Serafini, $16.95
Looking Closely Through the Forest. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children. Lisa Gardner Walsh, $21.95

My First Nature Activity Book. Susan Akass, Editor, $21.95 (ages 7++)

Natural Curiosity: Educating and Nurturing Our Children at Home. Lisa Carne, $35.95

Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments, 2nd Edition. Ruth Wilson, $66.95

The Nature Connection: an Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms. Clare Walker Leslie, $21.95

Nature Education with Young Children: Integrating Inquiry and Practice. Daniel Meier & Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, Editors, $59.50

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: the Handbook for Outdoor Learning. David Sobel, $53.95

Nature Sparks: Connecting Children's Learning to the Natural World. Aerial Cross, $41.50

Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors. Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95

Raindrops Roll. April Pulley Sayre, $21.99

A Rock is Lively. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $10.99

Sharing Nature® with Children: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Joseph Cornell, $12.95

Sunny Days and Starry Nights. Nancy Castaldo, $19.95 (activities)

Taking the First Steps Outside: Under Threes Learning and Developing in the Natural Environment. Helen Bilton, Gabriella Bento & Gisela Dias, $55.90

To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Laurie Rubin, $28.95

Toad Weather. Sandra Markle, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez, $22.95

Under Your Nose: a Book about Nature's Gifts. Judith & Shandley McMurray, foreword by Robert Bateman, $19.95

Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family and Community. Richard Louv, $23.95

Water Wow! An Infographic Exploration. Antonia Banyard & Paula Ayer, Art by Belle Wuthrich, $14.95

What’s the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight. Merrie-Ellen Wilcox, $19.95

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