Taking your favourite book outdoors

We love the concept of outdoor classrooms! Anything you teach and learn indoors can easily happen outdoors too, with all the added benefits of connecting children to nature and enjoying the fresh air and open surroundings.

What better way to do this than create an outdoor reading ‘nook’ / area for your child, so they can take their favourite book outdoors. This space can be a simple rug, blanket or outdoor beanbag under a shady tree or something more elaborate like a custom built forte or a pre-purchased beach shade, teepee or playhouse from our great range in-store. If space is limited just add pillows, towels or blankets from inside the house to make it cozy and an enjoyable space.

Here are some great kids books all about nature and the outdoors:

  • Would you rather be a Tadpole by Dr Seuss
  • I can name 50 trees today by Dr Seuss
  • If I ran the rainforest by Dr Seuss
  • Oh say can you seed? by Dr Seuss
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Percy the Park Keeper collection by Nick Butterworth
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • The Beatrix Potter Collection
  • Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker
  • Snail Trail by Ruth Brown
  • Alfie’s Big Book of Outdoor Storybook by Shirley Hughes
  • Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow
  • Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek
  • Grandpa’s Garden by Stella Fry
  • The King of Tiny Things by Jeanne Willis
  • Quiet in the Garden by Aliki
  • The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
  • Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French
  • Tin Forest by Helen Ward
  • The Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
  • A Tree is Nice by Janies May Udry
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
  • Heroes of the Vegetable Patch by Ulf Stark and Charlotte Ramel
  • On the Way to the Beach by Henry Cole
  • What the Sea Saw by Stephanie St. Pierre
  • The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
  • What the Ladybug Heard by Julia Donaldson
  • The Frog and Toad Collection by Arnold Lobel
  • The Complete Tales of Blackberry Farm by Jane Pilgrim
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • Eddies Garden and How to Make Things Grow by Sarah Garland
  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
  • Yes I can! Help Save our Planet by Emma Brownjohn
  • Outside your Window: A first book of nature by Nicola Davies
  • The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  • The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • A Stick is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer

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When your little one has finished reading their favourite book/s take outdoor learning a step further with these great outdoor ideas:

  • Use outdoor play equipment as a “stage” for acting out books
  • Make a plan for a walk based on a book’s content such as a bug hunt
  • Decorate a “book backpack” for transporting favourite books outdoors
  • Go on a visual treasure hunt – hide unusual objects around the playground or backyard where they blend in with the protective colouring of the environment
  • Make story stones based on the book/s just read – create nature themed images such as animals, flowers, insects and elements
  • Use nature for letter making – kids just learning their letters will have fun shaping letters using items found in nature such as rocks, sticks or flower petals
  • Use a scrapbook and photos taken outside and let your children create their own nature book

By taking reading outdoors you are providing children with the unique opportunity to incorporate the sights and sounds of the outside world into their reading encounters.