Things don’t go as planned, but in the end, the dragon saves everyone. His illustration style takes you back to the 50’s and his rhyming texts make you want to read the book over and over. Tap The Magic Tree by Christie Matheson is a wonderful interactive story. I love that all three characters are girls. They very quickly become enveloped in the beauty of nature — from the itty bitty to the in your face. The illustrations by Julie Flett could all be framed, each and every one, they are masterpieces. I love this author and have praised many of her books before, but I think this might be my favorite work of hers to date. Click on the image or this link to find more great book lists for preschool, Filed Under: Age Preschool, Books About Camping, Preschool Book Lists | Leave a Comment. What I also love about this selection of picture books is that so many of them tackle issues like anxiety, separation, and dealing with change. Kids will love the hilarious illustrations and learn a valuable lesson about tenacity, teamwork and the importance of… Copyright © 2008-2020 • No Time For Flash Cards - ACM Media LLC • Site Design by Emily White Designs. Short sentences greet the sun and various animals we find in nature as they start their day. With bright, eye-catching collage illustrations, this sweet picture book offers a simple introduction to the concept of poetry, all while encouraging kids to keep their eyes and ears open to the sights and sounds of nature. Get reading picks, tips, and activities in your inbox. Zoey’s Jungle by Bethanie Murguia is a book that is all about imagination. That’s the value of this book; children who will grab it and enjoy it because they love Llama Llama. Oliver and Hope’s Adventure Under The Stars by Meg Cadts feels commercial. The neighbors, the other dogs at the park, a bustling downtown, and a downright abundance of squirrels. Swimming with fish is gross at first, but smores are pretty rad, and getting to sleep away from home is hard. A simple story with familiar characters and a preachy message. The illustrations by Felicita Sala are breathtaking, and the simple text makes this book useful for home, read clouds with any age, or for your child to enjoy on their own. Do you know how much there is to see just on the other side of the door? This book is chill and sweet, and the black and white illustrations make the readers feel like they are on the top of the mountain gathering blueberries too. The boy runs out after her, leaving his shoes (and screen) behind, and into a world of sunshine and adventure. As they make their way through the woods and back to the paved and noisy streets, they discover that wild exists in their own backyard. Because of COVID-19, my library is closed, so I bought all the books on this list hoping they would all be worth recommending, and this book is definitely good enough to be on my class shelf and yours, but I can’t help but feel like it’s a little off. A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell is a sweet book about children spending the day searching for edible plants with their grandmother, Yayah,  and other elders. Each lively, multi-layered spread features magical creatures hiding among the flora as one girl tries desperately to find them. Brimming with adventure and the beauty of the natural world, these stories are sure to encourage your little readers to get outside and explore. In the book, three friends head off on a hike, and even when they lose their way, they don’t lose their cool. This book starts out with two kids stepping away from their urban home in search of something wild. Oliver and Hope’s Adventure Under The Stars. So I did some digging… the author and illustrator are not real people, well they are people, a group of people. The story is all about learning how to be respectful to the land paying attention to what they are gathering, and what they don’t want to gather. This was a collaborative effort by a UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, and it feels like it – the story is about imagination and anxiety about the dark and camping. By submitting my email, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. preschool activities, preschool crafts, and preschool books. The Hike by Alison Farrell is a cute book about friendship, self-confidence, and of course, nature. The story is formulaic, but children who like this character will love this book. For older kids, … Wilfred has a lot of rules. Gone are the days of opening up the back door and ushering kids outside with nothing more than the request to be home by lunch. Madeline Kloepper’s protagonist is a city kid who’s downright horrified by her family’s plans for a summer camping trip. Jennifer Garry is a freelance writer and girl mom who loves reading the newest children’s books as much as she loves a good psychological thriller. Read 88 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Gather up your canine family members — or borrow this pup — for a romping day in the sun. Inspire a love of the outdoors with these great picture books about camping and the outdoors. Many words are dispersed throughout the text. These nature books books will inspire, educate and help your children develop a deep sense of love for nature and the outdoors. Going somewhere far away is off the table for most of us right now, but you can inspire future trips, day hikes, or if you are lucky enough to get away for a camping trip, use these books to prepare. Featuring big bikes, small bikes, and unbelievably tall bikes — and a few imaginary kinds, too — your little ones will be rearing to strap on their helmets and hit the training wheels (with the whole family, of course!). There is a guide at the back of the book for proper pronunciation. The text is quite long, but save this title for your students or children when they are capable of sitting a little longer, you don’t want to miss it. It’s a wonderful reminder that there are so many adventures to be found when you put down the screen. They chase rabbits, stomp in mud puddles, float in water, and run with the wind. Maybe it’s not always an either/or situation: inside with tech, outside without. But the longer they spend outside exploring forests, lakes, and mountains — and having a few miraculous encounters with wildlife — she begins to realize that the outdoors might be pretty great after all. One day on a particularly long walk in the woods, Wilfred discovered that someone else thought she owned Marcel — and Marcel didn’t really seem to think he belonged to anyone. It’s a great representation of a family that isn’t seen in books a lot. It not only celebrates the outdoors it celebrates fatherhood too. Your email address will not be published. The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann is wonderful for so many reasons! Something that was stolen from generations of Indigenous people in Canada and the United States through residential schools and the 60s scoop. A mama bear and cub are sharing the mountain with Sal and her mama. So it goes at the neighborhood park as children exclaim over the wonders all around while the silly grownups stare at their screens. It’s silly, there are plot holes that will make you ask a lot of questions, but your child will dig it, that that is the most important thing. Luckily, his pet moose, Marcel, usually obeys them. Sky’s blue!” and changes everything. This diverse new crop of children’s picture books celebrates family, friendship and the great outdoors in stories that range from Minnesota to West Africa. Learn how your comment data is processed. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is a true classic, written in 1948 it’s a simple and calm tale about a little girl and her mom collecting blueberries to can. The story will grab them too, it’s about a girl who is going on her first camping trip without her dad, and things aren’t perfect. Good Morning World by Paul Windsor is a great repetitive book that is all about welcoming everyone to the day in the great outdoors. This book will delight your child because it’s absurd and awesome. Fortunately, the two manage to work out a compromise. But there is one rule that Marcel has difficulty following: going whichever way Wilfred wants to go. This list was curated from our personal favorite nature books for kids and recommendations from a number of family, friends and fellow nature-loving mamas. Readers get to tag along with the pair as they wake up, prepare for their hike, drive, hike, plant trees, rock climb, and soak in the awesomeness of the outdoors before returning home.