The great outdoors - book list

These titles will help children of all ages to explore the world around them.

Baby to 3

Colour Me: Who's in the Pond? Colour Me: Who's in the Pond?
By Surya Sajnani

Babies will love the magic of this fun bath book. Black and white artwork comes to life when immersed in water, revealing pond animals in bright colour

Safe and Sound Safe and Sound
By Jean Roussen and Loris Lora

In this bedtime book, written in simple rhyming verse, children are introduced to a whole host of baby animals and their homes.

Listen to the Birds Listen to the Birds
By Marion Billet

Every spread in this illustrated board book features a button which plays one of six different bird sounds, ideal for very young children.

Age 3 to 5

We Are Not Frogs We Are Not Frogs
By Michael Morpurgo and Sam Usher

This fun nature story tells the tale of a rivalry between frogs and toads in Alice and Jago’s garden. The book has a dyslexia-friendly layout and typeface, and the counting exercises throughout the book encourage adults and children to explore the story together.

A Walk in the Forest A Walk in the Forest
By Maria Dek

This picture book is an invitation for children and parents to discover the woods together. The forest comes alive in all its mysterious glory through Maria Dek's beautiful watercolour images and poetic text.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
By Bob Barner

Pretty ladybirds, fluttering butterflies, creepy daddy longlegs and roly-poly bugs are just some of the creatures featured in this whimsically illustrated insect album. This book will inform and entertain curious little bug lovers everywhere.

The Little Gardener The Little Gardener
By Emily Hughes

This stunningly illustrated picture book tells the story of a very little gardener who works very hard on the upkeep of his garden – but thinks he is just too small to make a difference. The heart-warming story teaches us just how important it is to persist and try, no matter the odds.

Age 5 to 7

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: My Explorer's Journal We're Going on a Bear Hunt: My Explorer's Journal

A wonderfully interactive journal for young explorers to record, create and experience the natural world around them. The journal has lots of space to write, draw and preserve leaves and flowers, as well as complete simple art and nature-inspired projects, allowing readers to create a keepsake journal of their outdoor adventures.

Illuminature Illuminature
By Rachel Williams and Carnovsky

Explore 10 of the world's most diverse environments and reveal their hidden secrets with a magic, three-coloured lens that illuminates each page in a kaleidoscope of colour.

Wild Animals of the South Wild Animals of the South
By Dieter Braun

Be dazzled by giraffes and elephants in Africa, koalas and kangaroos in Australia, huge blue whales in the open oceans and many more incredible creatures in this beautifully illustrated book.

Age 7 to 11

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
By Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal

In this fun and lyrical book readers can explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year. Above ground, the world is full of green leaves, growing vegetables and ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.

A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum… A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum…
By Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud

Follow the adventures of schoolboy Henry as he tries to catch up with his classmates at a museum while on a school trip… but there's more to this museum than meets the eye! Young readers will revel in this entertaining book’s over-the-top antics.

RSPB Wildlife in Your Garden RSPB Wildlife in Your Garden
By Mike Dilger

Discover the amazing wildlife you can find in your own garden with this fascinating non-fiction book. Find out all about garden birds, animals, plants and creepy-crawlies. The perfect guide for young nature-lovers everywhere.

The Earth Book The Earth Book
By Jonathan Litton and Thomas Hegbrook

There’s so much to explore in this enormous book about planet Earth! Readers can marvel at the planet, travel back in time to primordial Earth, explore all branches of the tree of life, discover habitats from oceans to deserts, learn how the weather works and take a tour of the human planet from the Maasai steppe to Manhattan. We also have three copies of The Earth Book available to win in our giveaway.

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