Reading and Nature For Kids
are two of the most important aspects of a childs life, as far as I’m concerned. Here is a list of my favorite books about nature and physical activity for kids and adults. What are your favorite books? Let me know and I’ll post them. firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve always wanted to make a wolf suit for my boys. One like Max wears in the book “Where The Wild Things Are” written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. I know they would wear it out just like their super man, ninja and spiderman costumes. Unfortunately my sewing skills are lacking. I can handle mending things but the extent of my sewing skills ended at an apron I made in 4-H when I was like 10. “Where The Wild Things Are,” has always been a favorite book of mine and now my children seem to enjoy it as much as me. The main character, Max, has a playful personality that becomes apparent on the very first page. “Max…made mischief of one kind and another.” As does any little boy, including my own two. he’s so mischievous his mother sends him to bed without eating anything. His playful personality isn’t the only portion of his character that appeals to me. His imagination is what really makes the meat of the book. It takes him and the reader on an outdoor adventure where he finds himself in a forest, sails a boat, discovers wild things, does magic tricks, dances under the moonlight, hangs from trees and becomes a king. Max eventually becomes lonely and hungry however, two things that a mother and a home can remedy easily. So he decides to give up being a wild thing and returns home. The loving part I see in the story is that his mom has his dinner waiting for him when he returns…”and it’s still hot”. The pictures are delightful. I have some of the prints hanging in my boys’ room. While you read and look at the illustrations it’s easy to produce your own sound effects and wild rumpus music.
I believe books like these help inspire children to create their own journey. It’s a spring board for adventure. Plus it’s something for parents and children to share.
Other books I’d recommend:
“Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv
“The Green Hour” by Todd Christopher
“Clap Your Hands” by Lorinda Bryan Cauley. This one k
eeps their little bodies moving!
Through Usborne Books “Farmyard Tales”.
There’s a little hidden duck on each page that they have to find. This book covers everything from farmers markets, fairs and camping trips.
“The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR” written by Don and Audrey Wood.
“Good Dog Carl” by Alexandra Day.
Hardly any words but with the illustrations they’re not needed.
“Blueberries For Sal” by Robert McCloskey
“Ferdinand The Bull” by Munro Leaf. My favorite as a kid.
As much as I’d hate to admit it, my boys love “Go Diego Go” books. They’re not my favorite book’s to read but they teach a lot about different animals and the outdoors. Plus Diego is the coolest kid I know. Seriously, how many little boys do you know get to explore the rain forest with no supervision and drive their own jeep?!
Kids Go Wild
, by Sarah Burke
Two kids take their clueless parents on an overnight backpakcing trip in the Canadian Rockies. The book is kind of long for a small child, but it has lots of great information on Leave No Trace
, expedition behavior and enjoying the outdoors in a story format. The book is printed on recycled paper and some of the profit goes to environmental protection. Suggested by Kerri Jex of Utah
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Suggested by Kristine Lynn of Nevada