Kids on Fire: Picture Books To Teach Kids About Nature

These beautiful, educational picture books are perfect for helping little ones begin to appreciate the natural world.

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $4.61)

In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies.

Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one lifetime. This extraordinary book collects animal information not available anywhere else—and shows all 30 roosting holes, all 200 spots, and, yes!, all 1,000 baby seahorses in eye-catching illustrations.

A book about picturing numbers and considering the endlessly fascinating lives all around us, Lifetime is sure to delight young nature lovers.

 

The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration (5/5 stars, currently priced at $7.99)

Crackle! Crackle! Crunch!

What’s hatching from that egg? It’s a young bar-tailed godwit.

She will spend the summer in Alaska learning to fly, find her own food, and escape from scary predators. Her long, long journey begins in October when she flies to New Zealand.

This 7,000-mile flight is the longest nonstop bird migration ever recorded. Follow along on her amazing voyage!

 

The Tree Lady (5/5 stars, currently priced at $10.99)

Unearth the true story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Kate Sessions, who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens.

Katherine Olivia Sessions never thought she’d live in a place without trees. After all, Kate grew up among the towering pines and redwoods of Northern California. But after becoming the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she took a job as a teacher far south in the dry desert town of San Diego. Where there were almost no trees.

Kate decided that San Diego needed trees more than anything else. So this trailblazing young woman singlehandedly started a massive movement that transformed the town into the green, garden-filled oasis it is today. Now, more than 100 years after Kate first arrived in San Diego, her gorgeous gardens and parks can be found all over the city.

Part fascinating biography, part inspirational story, this moving picture book about following your dreams, using your talents, and staying strong in the face of adversity is sure to resonate with readers young and old.

 

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $12.99)

A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals.

What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful?

Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear?

With simplicity and grace, Joyce Sidman’s poetry paired with Beth Krommes’s scratchboard illustrations not only reveal the many spirals in nature—from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies—but also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.

 

Over And Under The Snow (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $4.49)

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white.

But under the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow.

Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter s snowy landscape in this magical book.

Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

 

A Butterfly Is Patient (5/5 stars, currently priced at $1.99)

The creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies.

From iridescent blue swallowtails and brilliant orange monarchs to the worlds tiniest butterfly (Western Pygmy Blue) and the largest (Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing), an incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder.

Perfect for a child’s bedroom bookshelf or for a classroom reading circle!

Plus, this is the fixed format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition.

 

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