100+ Must-Read Nature Books for Kids of All Ages

by Josée

The Earth is filled with so many curiosities and surprises. More than we can ever imagine! Children love to explore nature, and one way to fuel their sense of wonder and support their healthy appetite for knowledge is to supply them with many well written and beautifully illustrated books.

There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t even started wondering about yet.

― Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

This list highlights 100+ nature-inspired books that have become favourites in our household, many of which have found a permanent place in our home library.

A Note About the Age Ranges

I have divide the books into three age ranges: 0 to 5+, 5 to 8+ and 8 to 12+. The age ranges are only suggestions and I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on them. There are definitely books in the 0 to 5+ range that older kids will love and many books in the 5 to 8+ range that pre-teens will enjoy.

Disclaimer: This page contains Amazon Affiliates links and I may earn a small commission from your purchases made through them. 

Want more tips on raising outdoor kids? Join the Backwoods Mama Newsletter!

Ages 0 to 5+


Books by Eric Carle


Books by the American Museum of Natural History

Books by National Geographic Kids

Books by Britta Teckentrup

Ages 5 to 8+



Nature Books by Dianna Aston:

Books by Gail Gibbons:

Books by Steve Jenkins:

Books by Kate Messner:

Books by Yuval Zommer:

Ages 8 to 12+


Nature Club Books by Rachel Mazur:


Take Along Guides:

Field Guides for Kids

Is your child’s favourite nature-inspired book missing from this list? Leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list.

Want more tips on raising outdoor kids? Join the Backwoods Mama Newsletter!

Related Articles


Andrea February 19, 2019 - 12:04 pm

Don’t forget The Wish Trees for children 0-5.

Rebekah March 28, 2019 - 12:16 pm

This is a truly exceptional list. Thank you.

Bookkooks April 29, 2019 - 1:24 pm

These are very good books! I read only few books last year but I want to read more books this year 🙂

Linda Ream July 30, 2019 - 6:29 pm

Would like to have my e-mail address added to any blog,article, etc. listings you might have. I thank you for any help you
might provide! Sincerely, Linda Ream

russell irving September 5, 2021 - 7:40 pm

Hi, I’m a children’s and young adult author with a passion for inspiring kids to connect with nature. I’ve produced 2 books which you can read about on my website, http://www.russell-irving.net .

I’ve also written an article called ‘Nature’s cure for the Covid blues’, for your consideration for promoting through your blog if you feel its appropriate. I can email the article and book pdf if you are interested.

Buch veröffentlichen May 14, 2023 - 4:49 am

Thanks so much for sharing all of the awesome info! I am looking forward to checking out more posts! Buch veröffentlichen


Leave a Comment