It’s time for the second installment of outdoor and nature books for children! Unlike the first list, this list is books that kids can read to themselves, or that you can read together on long car rides; much like the first list, these are books you (and your kids) will enjoy reading. Many of these books are ones that I read as a kid… ones that I could not put down, and thought about for weeks afterwards. These are the books that made me love reading.
It’s interesting how the subject of outdoor/nature books changes as the audience’s age-range changes. In the list of books we posted a few weeks ago of books you can read to your child, there seemed to be a focus on natural observations–noticing the changing of the seasons, enjoying a winter walk, the animals that live near a water hole. As kids age, the books about nature start to focus on surviving in nature–the emphasis changes so that it isn’t so much about appreciating nature, but using it. This isn’t all intermediate nature-ish readers, but many of them. I would be interested in your thoughts on why… I threw in several books about animals, another theme common in newer as well as classic children’s stories.
And now, to the list! (more…)