Playing Outside

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs by Catherine Hughes
(2 – 5 years)

The experts at National Geographic present a delightful reference that introduces young children to bugs of all kinds: big and small, jumping and crawling, colorful and creepy. This charming book explores backyard favorites, such as ladybugs and lightning bugs, and introduces kids to more exotic species that inhabit rain forests and deserts around the world.

Wonder Walkers

Wonder Walkers
by Micha Archer (3 – 7 years)

When two curious kids embark on a “wonder walk,” they let their imaginations soar as they look at the world in a whole new light. They have thought-provoking questions for everything they see: Is the sun the world’s light bulb? Is dirt the world’s skin? Are rivers the earth’s veins? Is the wind the world breathing? I wonder…

101 Things For Kids To Do Outside

101 Things For Kids To Do Outside by Dawn Isaac
(8 – 12 years)

This book is ideal for the children who like gaming, TV, movies, the soft couch, and even too many snacks. The kids who believe “there’s nothing to do outside” can learn and be encouraged to experience the joy of outdoor play.

Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide

Camp Out! The Ultimate Kids’ Guide by Lynn Brunelle
(8 – 12 years)

Whether planning an over night in the backyard or a weekend in the wilderness, this book is packed with stuff to know, from gearing up to choosing a site to building a tarp tent.

Animal Tracks and Signs

Animal Tracks and Signs: Track Over 400 Animals From
by Jinny Johnson
(10 – 14 years)

The inviting text helps readers identify what to look for when tracking animals (or imagining tracking them) in the wild or in the back yard: tracks and footprints; feeding signs; droppings and pellets; animal dens, nests, and hiding places; and other specific signs of animal behavior.

The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World
by Peter Wohlleben

An illuminating account of the forest, and the science that shows us how trees communicate, feel, and live in social networks. After reading this book, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

The Curious Garden

The Curious Garden
by Peter Brown (3 – 6 years)

While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.


by Jason Chin (5 – 9 years)

Chin’s approach makes Redwoods a must-have common core tool for parents and teachers introducing scientific principals to children.

There's No Place Like Space

There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System by Dr. Suess (3 – 6 years)

This is the perfect book for aspiring astronauts or any kid who loves learning and science. The universe is a mysterious place. We are only just learning what happens in space.

I Love Dirt

I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani

52 open-ended activities to help you engage your child in the outdoors. No matter what your location—from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country—each activity is meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination, and heighten a child’s sense of wonder.

1000 Hours Outside

1000 Hours Outside: Activities to Match Screen Time with Green Time
by Ginny Yurich

Did you know that the average American child spends 1,200 hours a year in front of a screen? Outside play can boost children in every area of development! This book has everything you need to reset the balance and swap screen time for outdoor fun!

The Nature Fix

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
by Florence Williams

The science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. The powers of the natural world improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. As life continues to shift indoors, these ideas―and the answers they yield―are more urgent than ever.

Get Hooked on Nature

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