Filling Our Imaginations with Nature For I Love to Read Month

February 4, 2021

This year, the theme for I Love to Read Month is “Joyful Reading in a New World.” Staying safe at home during a pandemic is the perfect time to embrace reading as a family.

For the month of February, enter a world of wonder through nature-themed children’s books. They are sure to bring joy to your lives and may even inspire you to spend more time outdoors as a family!

100 Nature-Themed Children’s Books

This Is SadieSara O’Leary3-7
The Tea Party in the WoodsAkiko Miyakoshi3-7
A Walk in the ForestMaria Dek3-6
Because of an AcornLola M. Schaefer5-6
Rain SchoolJames Rumford4-7
Flowers Are CallingRita Gray4-7
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?Rita Gray4-7
The Road HomeKatie Cotton5-7
Once Upon a Northern NightJean E. Pendziwol4-7
You Belong HereM.H. Clark5-6
The Little GardenerEmily Hughes3-7
Beyond the PondJoseph Kuefler4-8
A RiverMarc Martin5-8
The Man Made of StarsM.H. Clark4-8
Dream AnimalsEmily Winfield Martin4+
Where the Wild Things AreMaurice Sendak4-8
The Circus ShipChris Van Dusen4-8
Blueberries for SalRobert McCloskey3-7
Sam and Dave Dig a HoleMac Barnett4-8
Finding WildMegan Wagner Lloyd3-7
The Wonder GardenJenny Broom7-10
Gaia Girls Enter the EarthLee Welles9-12
The Moon BookGail Gibbons4-8
The LoraxDr. Suess6-9
The Tiny SeedEric Carle3+
Fun With NatureMel Boring7-10
The Water PrincessSusan Verde5-8
All Aboard! National Parks: A Wildlife PrimerHaily Meyers5-6
The Hugging TreeJill Neimark5-8
Good Night MountainsAdam Gamble2-3
Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian TrailJennifer Thermes5-7
My First Book About Backyard NaturePatricia J. Wynne8-11
Over in a River: Flowing Out to the SeaMarianne Berkes5-6
The Snail and the WhaleJulia Donaldson3-7
Our Tree Named SteveAlan Zweibel5-7
The Curious GardenPeter Brown4-6
Miss RumphiusBarbara Cooney5-8
The Great Kapok TreeLynne Cherry5-8
The Wump WorldBill Peet5-7
Fishing in the AirSharon Creech and Chris Raschka3-5
The Dream of the ThylacineMargaret Wild and Ron Brooks5-7
Owl MoonJane Yolen4-7
Just a DreamChris Van Allsburg5-8
Butterfly ParkElly McKay4-7
Wolf IslandCelia Godkin7-12
Outside Your Window: A First Book of NatureNicola Davies4-6
Here We AreOliver Jeffers5-8
Little Owl’s NightDivya Srinivasan3-5
Percy the Park KeeperNick Butterworth5-8
Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!Carole Gerber and Eugene Yelchin4-7
The Big Alfie Out of Doors StorybookShirley Hughes3-6
An Egg Is QuietDianna Hutts Aston4-8
A Seed Is SleepyDianna Hutts Aston4-8
A Butterfly Is PatientDianna Hutts Aston4-8
A Nest Is NoisyDianna Hutts Aston4-8
A Rock Is LivelyDianna Hutts Aston4-8
The Big Book of BugsYuval Zommer5-9
This Moose Belongs to MeOliver Jeffers4-7
StuckOliver Jeffers4-7
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural WorldJulia Rothman7-12
Strange TreesBernadette Pourquie7-12
Planting a RainbowLois Ehlert4-7
When the World Is DreamingRita Gray4-7
Over and Under the PondKate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal4-7
The Night GardenerTerry Fan and Eric Fan4-6
Dream Animals: A Bedtime JourneyEmily Winfield Martin3-5
The Mermaid and the ShoeK.G. Campbell4-6
The Tree LadyH. Joseph Hopkins and Jill McElmurry5-8
Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the WorldJen Cullerton Johnson5-8
Run WildDavid Covell5-7
The Not-So Great OutdoorsMadeline Kloepper5-8
Daniel Finds a PoemMicha Archer5-7
Please Take Me for a WalkSusan Gal4-7
You’re Missing It!Brady Smith and Tiffany Thiessen5-8
Backyard FairiesPhoebe Wahl4-7
A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered AnimalsMillie Marotta8+
We Are Water ProtectorsCarole Lindstrom6-9
The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring WomenAilsa Ross8-12
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from AfricaJeanette Winter6-10
Put On Your Owl Eyes: Open Your Senses & Discover Nature’s Secrets; Mapping, Tracking & Journaling ActivitiesDevin Franklin8-13
Most of the Better Natural Things in the WorldDave Eggers6-8
A Girl’s Guide to the Wild: Be an Adventure-Seeking Outdoor ExplorerRuby McConnell9-12
Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail: What Will You Find?Editors of Storey Publishing4+
Where Do Mountains Come From, Momma?Cathy M. Worley5-9
If Sharks DisappearedLily Williams5-8
The Giving TreeShel Silverstein4-8
Bee & MeAlison Jay3-5
Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the WorldLaurie Lawlor5-9
Olivia’s Birds: Saving the GulfOlivia Bouler5-9
If Polar Bears DisappearedLily Williams5-8
The Lonely Polar BearKhoa Le5-8
LifeCynthia Rylant3-6
Caribou SongTomson Highway5-7
The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest Land BiomeL. E. Carmichael8-12
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the ChimpsJeanette Winter5-7
HikePete Oswald5-8
Forest BabyLaurie Elmquist4-6
Greta and the GiantsZoë Tucker5-9
If You Come to EarthSophie Blackall5-9
The Couch PotatoJory John and Pete Oswald5-9

Nature has been here for us during the pandemic.

Parks became a refuge for people seeking safe spaces to escape the stress of the world. Provincial campsites were fully booked on summer weekends. Trails were so popular parking lots overflowed onto highways.

CPAWS Manitoba wants to help maintain and grow this positive connection to nature. That’s why we’re providing resources and online events that connect people to nature from the safety and comforts of home. Let Manitoba’s wild spaces be a refuge for you and your family.

This is a special Outdoor Learning Program resource to stay Safe at Home for I Love to Read Month!  

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