It’s time for the second installment of outdoor and nature books for children! Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â This isn’t all intermediate nature-ish readers, but many of them. Â I would be interested in your thoughts on why… Â 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…)