Amazing outdoor book nooks and top 50 books about nature

How’s this for an amazing outdoor book nook, as seen at the Just So festival? And what do you think made the Top 50 children’s books about nature, as voted by NurtureStore’s readers? Come and take a look.
Amazing outdoor book nooks and the top 50 children's books about anture

Amazing outdoor book nooks and the top 50 children’s books about nature

I love outdoor classrooms! Anything you teach and learn indoors can happen outdoors too, with all the added benefits of connecting children to nature and enjoying the fresh air and open surroundings.

We’re just back from the Just So festival where there was a whole section of the forest devoted to wonderful den building. Some of the dens were ready prepared, for hiding, playing and generally relaxing and daydreaming in. In other places there were stashes of fabric, rope and pegs so the visiting children could all make their own dens, hung from the trees!

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Don’t you think they’d make fantastic book nooks? You may not have the same space and soaring trees as the Just So festival, but I bet you could find space for a pop-up tent like this one. Just look how wonderful it is inside…

book nook books about nature

It’s a lovely sensory space. Add in a few cushions and a pile of books and these dens become cosy book nooks, that invite in children and encourage them to rest a while and read.

The Top 50 children’s books about nature

And what should you read in your outdoor book nook? Something inspiring, that celebrates nature of course! Here are fifty fabulous books about animals, forests, gardens and more – as suggested by the members of the NurtureStore community over on our facebook page. (Come and like us, for more great ideas and chat!)

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Percy the Park Keeper collection by Nick Butterworth

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Foggy, Foggy Forest by Nick Sharrat

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

The Beatrix PotterCollection

Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker

Isabella’s Garden by Glenda Millard

Blueberries for Sal

Snail Trail by Ruth Brown

Alfie’s Big Book of Outdoor Storybook by Shirley Hughes

Miss Suzie by Miriam Young

The Lighthouse Family series by Cynthia Rylant

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow

Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek

Grandpa’s Garden by Stella Fry

The King of Tiny Things by Jeanne Willis

The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis

Quiet in the Garden by Aliki

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French

Tin Forest by Helen Ward

The Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

A Tree is Nice by Janies May Udry

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

Heroes of the Vegetable Patch by Ulf Stark and Charlotte Ramel

On the Way to the Beach by Henry Cole

What the Sea Saw by Stephanie St. Pierre

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

Itchy Bear by Neil Griffiths

What the Ladybug Heard by Julia Donaldson

The Frog and Toad Collection by Arnold Lobel

The Complete Tales of Blackberry Farm by Jane Pilgrim

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Eddies Garden and How to Make Things Grow by Sarah Garland

Planting a Rainbow y Lois Ehlert

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

Yes I can! Help Save our Planet by Emma Brownjohn

Outside your Window: A first book of nature by Nicola Davies

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

The Secret Garden

Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork

The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

More creative ways to use nature to inspire learning

Fill your year with hands-on, creative learning inspired by nature. Click through to see our Garden Classroom resource and get your free Garden Journal.

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{Disclosure: We received a free family invitation to visit the Just So Festival and share it with you.  All views are my own and I’m happy to tell you we love the festival and think it’s a fabulous place for families. You can see more of the festival here}


  1. says

    What a fantastic resource of nature books! Some of my favorites are on the list and many more we need to still read. Read alouds are a favorite for my children so I am always look for recommendations.

  2. says

    This is a great list of nature books! I’ve read many of these and used them to teach. I’d also recommend Lindsay Barrett George’s books- In the Snow: Who’s Been Here?, In the Woods: Who’s Been Here?, etc.
    I’m sure everyone could add a few of their favorites! Thanks for the great resource.

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