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My Top Picks: Nature Books for Preschoolers

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No matter if you homeschool, public school or private school, reading to your children is never a bad idea or time wasted. Nature books for preschoolers are among our favorite to read.

Wyatt loves to be outside and is quite intrigued by nature so we’ve been reading lots of nature and animal books lately. Since I feel like the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling fits our family well I’ve been focusing on as much “non-twaddle”, living books as I can.

We love these nature books for preschoolers:

Our Changing World Series: Roadside, and Forest by David Bellamy

This collection of books explores our changing world, from the perspective of man’s impact on nature.  It’s a great conversation starter to help your children explore the impact modernization has on the environment.

The Complete Tails of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

Classic stories that captivate.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Simple black and white artwork leaves your child free to imagine the colors for Madrid.

Butternut Hollow Pond by Brian Heinz

I haven’t found a more poetic book that holds the attention of a young listener like Butternut Hollow Pond. It’s suspenseful and the illustrations are great.  Butternut Hollow Pond walks you through a 24-hour period of pond life exploring the predator/prey relationship of pond animals.

Where are the Night Animals? by Mary Ann Fraser

Fraser’s book explains well the sights and sounds of the night as she explores what animals are out and about while we are sleeping.

Bear by John Schoenherr

This book has great illustrations and tells the tale of a juvenile  ear’s first spring and summer without his mother.  Short but captivating, this book is a must.

A Bold Carnivore  by Consie Powell

It might not be true CM quality but it’s a great conversation book.  Each pages is dedicated to a letter and corresponding carnivorous animal with supporting illustrations of their prey.

Crinkleroot’s Books by Jim Arnosky

Again, it might not be CM quality but the books are great for helping your children identify by sight various birds, animals and plants.  Our favorites are 25 Birds Every Child Should Know and Guide to Animal Tracking.

 Forest Has A Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

 This was our first book of poetry and one Wyatt did not want to return to the library.  The watercolor scenes are a great conversation starter for little ones and the poems tell such wonderful stories of life in the forest.


What are you favorite nature books for preschoolers?


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  1. Heather B says:

    Great list! We’ve read some of these, and now I’ll have some more to check out. 🙂 Just wanted to let you know about a typo in the first recommendation: The author is Beatrix Potter, not Beterix.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I like many of the Jim Arnosky books. We hope you will link-up with #What to Read Wednesday again next week.

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