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ABC Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99 (ages 2-5)

An entertaining and highly original set of learning-to-read flashcards. These beautiful flashcards have an original natural history twist and humour that makes letter learning surprisingly enjoyable. Their unique fold-over design makes them perfect for sharing and for putting up around the home to help reinforce letter learning. Inside the cards are activities based on essential preschool concepts such as colours, shapes, numbers, counting, matching and sorting. Suitable for ages 2 to 5 years.

123 Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99 (ages 2-5)

Beautiful nature cards that help to develop first number and counting skills.

Each flashcard features an engaging number-related activity that will help children learn as they play based on essential first number concepts such as counting, adding, patterns, shapes, opposites, sorting and sizes. This title is perfect for parents who want to foster a love of nature in their children. Suitable for ages 2 to 5 years.


About Insects: a Guide for Children. Cathryn Sill, $10.95 (ages 3-7)

Cathryn and John Sill explain the basic characteristics that all insects share, while offering a close look at a few of the many animals in this diverse category.


Baby Animals with Their Families. Words and Photos by Suzi Eszterhas, $16.95 (ages 3-6)

Around the world, baby animals grow up in all kinds of families. Whether it’s albatrosses raising babies in big colonies or sibling pairs of polar bears, baby animals with their families are not only adorable — they can teach us about animal behavior, too.

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Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail. Kathleen Yale, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

Jump-start curiosity with this take-along field guide for children ages 4 and up. From worms, birds, and spiders to trees, flowers, and clouds, young explorers learn what to look and listen for wherever they are — whether in a nature preserve, an urban park, or a suburban backyard. Seek-and-find lists, on-the-trail art projects, and discovery games get kids engaged in hands-on learning about nature, and a real pull-out magnifying glass helps them get a close-up glimpse of leaf veins, seed pods, and tiny insects. Filled with activities, checklists, and stickers, this interactive nature guide belongs in every kid’s backpack.


Backyard Birds: an Introduction. Robert Bateman, $9.95 (ages 8-12)

"Of all wild creatures, birds are the most colorful and easiest to see. You don't need to travel to distant jungles or faraway islands. They live in our own backyards... Birds are our neighbors. We should get to know them."

-- Robert Bateman

Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and naturalist Robert Bateman has painted, sketched and enjoyed birds since he was a young boy. He shares his passion for birds and his unique talents as artist and storyteller in this informative introduction to birds for young readers and beginners at bird watching. Backyard Birds abounds with Bateman's detailed sketches and full-color paintings of robins, chickadees, woodpeckers, blue jays, finches and many other familiar birds, capturing their antics and beauty in a way that no photograph can.

The book includes brief facts about the different species, noted below, including their length, wingspan, weight, food, range, habitat and common calls. Bateman also provides his personal tips on identifying, feeding and finding birds. Spreads on Migration; Attracting Birds to Your Backyard; The Cycle of Family Life; and Bird Senses (Eyes, Ears, Voice, Brain, Feathers) round out this beautiful book.


Be a Night Detective: Solving the Mysteries of Twilight, Dusk, and Nightfall. Peggy Kochanoff, $14.95 (ages 5-9)

Why are moths drawn to light at night? Why do some flowers only bloom under the moon? Are stars really falling from the sky?

Naturalist and artist Peggy Kochanoff answers these questions and more in this illustrated guide to solving nature mysteries after dark. From tiny cicadas in the grass and skunks digging in your backyard, to the Northern Lights dancing in the sky, Kochanoff shines a light on the intriguing nightlife of Atlantic Canada’s nocturnal creatures. Features a glossary, identification page, and further reading.

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Beastly Puzzles: a Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game. Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler, $18.99 (ages 7-9)

This book asks children: If you're given a list of features and characteristics, can you guess which animal they make? This might seem easy enough. But solving the puzzles in this book is deviously, outrageously, almost impossibly tricky! Though the thirteen animals included are easily recognizable, the clues are unexpected. Once readers make a guess (or if they get stumped!), they can open the gatefold to reveal the animal, with each clue explained and lots of additional fascinating facts.

Author Rachel Poliquin's concept for this intriguing, one-of-a-kind book is a spin on early natural histories, which introduced new animals by describing them as a hodgepodge of parts taken from familiar creatures. A beaver, for example, was described as being composed of a flounder, an otter, goose feet, squirrel paws and a rabbit's front teeth. The back matter includes a note explaining this, accompanied by visual references. Artfully and intricately illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler, this innovative book offers an engaging mix of art and information that's sure to pique readers' curiosity. It works perfectly to enhance a broad range of life sciences curriculum topics, including animal adaptations, characteristics, evolution, ecology, habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity and food webs.


Beavers: the Superpower Field Guide. Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas John Frith, $26.99 (ages 7-10)

Meet Elmer, an ordinary beaver. He may not be as mighty as a lion or as dangerous as a shark. He may be squat and brown. But never underestimate a beaver. I can almost hear you saying, “But aren’t beavers just lumpy rodents with buck teeth and funny flat tails?”

Yes, they are! And believe it or not, those buck teeth and funny flat tails are just a few of the things that make beavers extraordinary.


Bees: a Honeyed History. Piotr Socha & Wojciech Grajkowski, $31.99 (ages 8-12)

One part science, one part cultural history, and countless parts fascination, Bees celebrates the important role that these intriguing insects have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages. From Athena to Alexander the Great and from Egypt to Ethiopia, Bees explores different methods of beekeeping and uncovers the debt that humans owe this vital species. With beautifully accessible illustrations depicting everything from bee anatomy to the essentials of honey making, readers will be captivated by the endless wonders of this seemingly small speck of the animal kingdom.

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A Beetle is Shy. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $24.99 (ages 5-8)

From flea beetles to bombardier beetles, an incredible variety of these beloved bugs are showcased here in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched and visually striking book is perfect for sparking children's imaginations in both classroom reading circles and home libraries.


Best In Snow. April Pulley Sayre, $23.99 (ages 3-8)

With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre sheds sparkly new light on the wonders of snow. From the beauty of snow blanketing the forest and falling on animals’ fur and feathers to the fascinating winter water cycle, this nonfiction picture book celebrates snowfall and the amazing science behind it.


Big Animals in the Arctic. Nunavummi Reading Series, $7.95 (ages 3-6)

There are some really big animals in the Arctic! This book features big animals that live in the North, such as the polar bear and muskox.

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Birds. Lemniscates, $21.00 (ages 2-5)

Birds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They like to chat with one another as they fly high and low in the sky. Birds make music, with songs that are like the loving words of a friend, and we are lucky enough to enjoy those sweet melodies. But best of all, birds are capable of flying wherever they please — they just let their hearts guide them. And we can do that, too, if we use our imaginations. In a lyrical ode to our winged friends, the creator of Trees turns her eye to a diverse class of creatures that has much to teach about transcending the barriers that lie between us.


The Bug Book and Bug Bottle. Hugh Danks, $28.95 (ages 6-12)

Kids are crazy about bugs! Kids and parents are crazy about The Bug Book & Bug Bottle. The ingeniously designed, safe plastic bottle is perfect for catching and viewing creepy crawlies, then letting them go unharmed. (This is a bug kit with a conscience!) The full-color book provides field notes to 46 bugs arranged by habitat, including pond, forest, ground, leaves, field and flower. Written by entomologist Hugh Danks, The Bug Book gives comprehensive information about these fascinating creatures — how they live, what they eat, unusual characteristics, and more. It offers simple, clear guidelines on how to collect and care for bugs, and equally helpful hints on which bugs not to catch. New to the kit are a fold-out bug chart for quick identification, a magnifier to see the critters up close, and a bug explorer's journal to record discoveries.

The Bug Girl (a True Story). Sophia Spencer, with Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Kerascoët, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Sophia Spencer has loved bugs ever since a butterfly landed on her shoulder — and wouldn't leave — at a butterfly conservancy when she was only two-and-a-half years old. In preschool and kindergarten, Sophia was thrilled to share what she knew about grasshoppers (her very favorite insects), as well as ants and fireflies... but by first grade, not everyone shared her enthusiasm. Some students bullied her, and Sophia stopped talking about bugs altogether. When Sophia's mother wrote to an entomological society looking for a bug scientist to be a pen pal for her daughter, she and Sophie were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response — letters, photos and videos came flooding in. Using the hashtag BugsR4Girls, hundreds of women scientists rallied around her. Now Sophie tells her inspiring story in this picture book that celebrates women in science, bugs of all kinds and the importance of staying true to yourself.

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Can You Hear the Trees Talking? Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest. Peter Wohlleben, $24.95 (ages 7-11)

A walk in the park will never be the same after kids discover this awe-inspiring book. Meet Peter Wohlleben — but you can call him Peter the Forester! With his groundbreaking, internationally bestselling book The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben established himself as a global advocate for forests and our relationship with trees.

Now, Peter shares his famous imagination and storytelling style with children, asking surprising questions about trees with exciting quizzes, photographs, and hands-on activities to help even the most reluctant learners discover the answers. Did you know that trees have parents, and tree grandparents with wrinkles? That tree kids go to school for hundreds of years? That there is such a thing as the forest internet? And that trees make us healthy and strong. Sometimes, even trees get sick, but we can help them heal. Can You Hear the Trees Talking? shares the mysteries and magic of the forest in language kids will love and understand.


Canadian Wildlife Activity Book, Volume One. Tom Hunter, $12.95 (ages 8-12)

Canadian Wildlife Activity Book, Volume Two. Tom Hunter, $12.95 (ages 8-12)

Tom Hunter's outstanding artwork and clever brainteasers provide entertainment and instruction for children, parents and teachers. Canada is home to hundreds of species of amphibians, reptiles and insects, as well as over 1,200 different kinds of larger animals: birds, fish and mammals. Hunter provides an introduction to many of these species.

Canadian Wildlife Activity Book: Volume One contains over 200 detailed illustrations, including the largest creature that has appeared on Earth: BC's blue whale, a mammal that weighs up to 120 tonnes. Canada is also home to North America's smallest mammal — the pygmy shrew, which weighs about the same as a soda cracker.

Canadian Wildlife Activity Book: Volume Two contains over 200 detailed illustrations, ranging from Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep to leopard frogs, which help children identify and appreciate their magnificent wildlife heritage.

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City Bugs. Antonia Banyard, $7.99 (ages 2-4)

City Critters. Antonia Banyard, $7.99 (ages 2-4)

From ladybugs and worms to squirrels and pigeons, young children are shown watching or listening to various creatures. Minimal text and brightly colored photos make these books ideal for toddlers who are just discovering the world outside.


Counting on Fall. Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $8.95 (ages 5-7)

What if animals and plants knew math, just like you? Would leaves fall in patterns? Would whales enter a race? In Counting on Fall, the first title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of number sense and numeration. As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more — can be found by observing everyday plants and animals.


Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet. Nikki Tate, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Most of us see trees every day, and too often we take them for granted. Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. Deep Roots celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. Each chapter in Deep Roots focuses on a basic element — water, air, fire and earth — and explores the many ways in which we need trees to keep our planet healthy and livable. From making rain to producing fruit to feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Facts about trees and hands-on activities throughout help readers discover ways to get to know our giant neighbors better.

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Do Trees Get Hungry? Noticing Plant and Animal Traits. Martha Rustad, $9.99 (ages 5-8)

Strap on your shoes and join Mr. Andre's class on a nature hike! They're out to discover if their class pet, Jojo the gecko, has any traits in common with the plants and animals they see. After watching for patterns in nature, Mr. Andre's students realize that plants, animals, and even humans are different, but they have many things in common!


Every Tree Has a Story. Cécile Benoist & Charlotte Gastaut, $25.99 (ages 5 and up)

This visually stunning book is an exploration of unique trees — from the tallest Sequoia in California, to a very special forest in India, to a lone Acacia in the Sahara desert — offering a window into different culture around the world. Spectacular art enhances twenty fascinating stories about unique species, traditions, and the people who both nurture and destroy different trees from every corner of the world. This beautiful book improbably tells the story of women's equality in India; endangered species in the Seychelle Islands; and the green belt movement in Kenya — among other true tales of the tallest, broadest, most interesting, significant trees on every continent. This is the perfect book of bedtime stories for nature lovers.


Exercising Muscles and Minds: Outdoor Play and the Early Years Curriculum, 2nd Edition. Marjorie Ouvry & Amanda Furtado, $33.95

Focusing on the importance of outdoor play from birth to age five, Exercising Muscles and Minds, Second Edition aids practitioners in planning for learning outside throughout the year. Updated to include engagement with new research and practice that has emerged since 2003, the book explores the neurological benefits of exercise and outdoor play; the debates on risk; technology and indoor play; development of Forest Schools, Beach Schools and Nature Kindergartens; and rebranding and development of early years teaching methods.

Full of case studies and ideas for activities, equipment and resources, this practical guide is full of useful guidance for working outdoors with young children — whether in largest of green areas or the smallest of back yards.

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Fabulous Frogs. Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tim Hopgood, $10.99 (ages 5-8)

There are so many kinds of frogs in the world — more than 5,000! — and all of them are fabulous.

Huge frogs, tiny frogs, hairy frogs, and flying frogs hop through the pages of this colorful nonfiction book. Discover the Goliath frog, biggest in the world, and the Darwin’s frog, which has a pointy nose and holds its tadpoles in its mouth until they are big enough to care for themselves. Learn why some frogs are brightly colored, and which one can bury itself in the desert until rain comes. Curious minds will jump at the chance to explore all kinds of frogs, from the most exotic to the greenish-brown specimens in their own backyards.


Fall Walk. Virginia Brimhall SNow, $12.99 (ages 4-7)

With beautiful illustrations and a lyrical narrative, Virginia Snow takes children on a fun and educational adventure. Take a stroll through the woods and learn to identify 24 different kinds of leaves by their shapes and autumn colors. At the end of the day, learn how to press the gathered leaves and how to make a leaf rubbing.


50 Reasons to Love Animals. Catherine Barr, illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $24.99 (ages 3-6)

Discover 50 reasons to love animals! Lions have magnificent shaggy manes, penguins go tobogganing on their tummies, bears wiggle and dance as they scratch, whales sing songs, and elephants can feel sadness. But all the animals in this book especially need our love — now more than ever. Learn about their habitats, what makes them special, and show them you care with simple activities you can do at home.

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First 1000 Nature Words. Marie-Elise Masson, $16.99 (ages 3-5)

Packed with more than 1,000 illustrated nature-related words terms, and phrases, this colorful first dictionary and encyclopedia is a valuable tool that makes learning new words and concepts fun! Instead of presenting words in alphabetical order, this book organizes its words into three main concepts: nature and landscapes, nature of different continents, and wonders of nature. This helps children retain what they're learning by presenting words in thematic groups and in context. With new topics on every page, along with riddles, games to play, and puzzles to solve, First 1000 Nature Words is the perfect way for growing minds to engage and learn.


A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds. Jean Richards, illustrated by Anca Hariton, $11.99 (ages 4-7)

Readers will learn how fruits are designed to protect a plant's seeds and also to help the plant spread its seeds to new places.


Get Outdoors: a Mindfulness Guide to Noticing Nature. Paul Christelis, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli, $18.99 (ages 5-9)

It's a beautiful day, but Jada and her brother Michael are staying indoors — until Dad invents a game to get them exploring nature: whoever notices the most interesting things is the winner. At first, they just see grass and flowers. But by slowing down, looking closely, and using all of their senses, they soon begin to notice lots more about the natural world. Through practicing mindfulness this way, Jada and Michael find that small things they might not have noticed before seem so much more interesting.

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Hands-On Nature Projects. Sally Hewitt, $16.99 (ages 7-10)

Designed with any classroom in mind, this fun book puts the excitement of discovery in the hands of young students, with projects that explore weather, seasons, animals, insects, and so much more. Simple text provides an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to each project, an explanation to why it works, and ideas for further activities.


Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel and Other Poems of Birds in Flight. Susan Vande Griek & Mark Hoffman, $18.99 (ages 6-9)

This lyrical celebration of birds explores the fascinating ways these creatures move through the air. For each of twelve birds from around the world, a captivating poem describes the animal's distinctive movement and the special word associated with that movement, from geese who skein and puffins who wheel, to crows who mob and starlings who murmurate. The evocative language conveys the beauty of each bird and describes the sights and sounds of how each one makes its own unmistakable way in the world. An informational sidebar complements each poem, describing the reasons behind the bird's way of flying.

Award-winning children's author Susan Vande Griek has created a unique exploration of the magnificence of birds in flight. Illustrator Mark Hoffmann captures the animals with bold, highly engaging artwork that makes this book a visual standout among traditional nature books. All of the factual content has been verified by ornithological experts. End matter includes further information about each bird and a glossary. Along with the book's use for poetry units, it also has applications for life science lessons on animals and the characteristics of living things.


Hello Autumn! Shelley Rotner, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

A simple text and vivid photographs show children the changes in animals, plants, and landscapes that occur during fall.  Leaves change, animals prepare for winter, and people celebrate autumn holidays as the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter. 

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Hello Spring! Shelley Rotner, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

When winter ends, spring begins! The days get longer and the air gets warmer. Trees and flowers bloom and animals have their babies. Spring is the perfect time to have fun! Preschoolers will love this lyrical yet simple introduction to the wondrous surprises brought by spring. Featuring detailed photographs exploding with color, Hello Spring! familiarizes children with the changes in plant and animal life that occur during a temperate spring. A glossary is included.


Hello Winter! Shelley Rotner, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

In crystal clear photographs and a spare text, Shelley Rotner notes changes in the physical earth as winter approaches as well as animal and plant adaptations. Rotner's acclaimed photography beautifully captures the curiosity and engery of a diverse group of youngsters as they explore and learn about the natural world.

This third book in the celebrated, STEM-focused Hello Seasons! series is the perfect guide to take children from the shortest day of the year to the arrival of spring. A glossary is included.


The Hike. Alison Farrell, $25.50 (ages 3-6)

The Hike is a plucky and sweet adventure story about three intrepid young female explorers set out to conquer the outdoors in their local forest. Here is the best and worst of any hike: from picnics to puffing and panting, deer-sighting to detours. The Hike is about how fun it can be to explore nature in your own backyard. This book is a must-have for budding scientists, best friends, and all adventurers in preschool and kindergarten.

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How Does a Frog Grow? Dawn Sirett, $16.99 (ages 3-5)

Young children can find out all about how tadpoles grow in this picture book with exciting flaps that follows the complete life cycle of a frog, and shows every fascinating stage. With friendly, read-aloud text, sturdy board book pages, and surprise flaps to lift, this kid's book is the perfect animal life cycle story for young children.

In addition to the frog life cycle, the book includes interesting facts, such as how to make a safe place for frogs in your garden, how frogs are helpful to plants and the plants they like, how frogs are different from toads, and the amazing variety of frogs found around the world.


Howl Like a Wolf! Learn to Think, Move, and Act Like 15 Amazing Animals. Kathleen Yale, illustrated by Kaley McKean, $26.95 (ages 6-9)

What does it feel like to “see” with your ears like a bat or go through a full body transformation like a frog? Can you wriggle in and out of tight places like an octopus, camouflage yourself like a leopard, or do a waggle dance like a honeybee? This creative and beautifully illustrated interactive guide makes learning about animals fun for children ages 6 and up. Fifteen animals explain their amazing feats and invite kids to enter their world by mimicking their behavior — an imaginative approach to learning that fosters curiosity, empathy, and dramatic play.


If You Find a Rock. Peggy Christian, photographs by Barbara Hirsch Lember, $10.99 (ages 4-7)

What kind of rock will you find today? There's a world of possibilities right under your feet. Will you find a rock to skip in the water — or a rock to hide things under? It might be a wishing rock or a worry stone, a fossil or a rock you can kick all the way home.

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If You Were Night. Muon Thi Van, illustrated by Kelly Pousette, $19.99 (ages 3-7)

A poetic and evocative exploration of the natural world at night illustrated in illuminating paper-cut dioramas. This dreamlike picture book asks the question: if you were night, what would you do? If you saw the moon tiptoe past your window, would you nestle under the covers? Or would you step outside to follow it? What if you felt a tail brush your ankle, would you freeze? Or skitter away? And if you saw an owl swoop from a branch, would you hide? Or join the hunt? All the while, the child pictured in the book chooses adventure, and thrillingly experiences a night like no other.


It's Moving Day! Pamela Hickman, illustrated by Geraldo Valério, $8.95 (ages 4-7)

Tucked away beneath a big tree on the edge of a field lies a home, a small burrow, for many. In every season, a different creature makes its home here and then moves on, making room for the next occupant. After a long winter's sleep, the woodchuck relocates to another burrow, but its former home is not left vacant for long. A cottontail rabbit raises her family there. After the kits have all hopped away, a salamander takes refuge in the same safe place.

Through this engaging and informative introduction to woodland animals in their habitats, young readers will delight in learning about natural science as it is integrated into an inviting picture book.


Keep Up, Katmai. Barrett Hedges & Pili Palm-Leis, $19.99 (ages 4-8)

Keep Up, Katmai is a remarkable up-close view into an inquisitive real grizzly cub's day, with stunning photographs shot by renowned wildlife photographer Barrett Hedges. In this unique format, photographs give an up-close view into a very important event in a grizzly cub's life — when she learns to fish for salmon with her brothers and sister. Young readers will cheer for Katmai, the smallest of the cubs, as we follow her day. The incredible collection of photos shows how wild bears eat, learn and play, as their mother protects and feeds them. The result? A beautiful introduction to this incredible, endangered species, and a wonderful story celebrating the love between parents and their children.

Back of book material includes a fascinating interview with author Pili Palm-Leis and photographer Barrett Hedges. While anyone would look at these photos and know they are special, an experienced nature photographer would immediately recognize that they also represent a unique shoot. To see a grizzly mom in the wild with four live cubs is almost unheard of. Barrett's shoot captured behaviour that is very hard to get, especially in the same frame. Thanks to his eye and deep knowledge and respect for the wildlife he photographs, young readers will witness magnificent scenes in nature that most of us would never have a chance to experience.

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The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Children's Education Staff, $14.95 (ages 8-12)

This gorgeously illustrated guide will inspire kids to look closely at the world around them! Created by the experts at the renowned Brooklyn Botanic Garden, it teaches children how to observe environments as a naturalist does and leads them on 24 adventures that reveal the complex ecosystems of plants and animals in the woods, at the beach, and in a city park. Detailed, scientifically based drawings help young scientists identify hundreds of North American plants and animals, while dozens of fun projects include keeping a journal, conducting field experiments, and exploring nature with all five senses.


Kids & Nature In a Jar®: Easy Ways to Love and Learn About the Outdoors. $14.99 (ages 6-14)

Green ideas, fresh facts, inspiring quotations, and nature activities will stir kids to explore nature.


Little Animals in the Arctic. Nunavummi Reading Series, $7.95 (ages 3-6)

Learn about the little animals that live in the Arctic. This book features little animals that live in the North, such as the lemming and the Arctic hare.

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LOON. Susan Vande Griek, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, $12.95 (ages 4-7)

This lyrical story follows the life cycle of two loon chicks. We see them breaking out of their eggshells, then learning to swim, find food and avoid predators such as snapping turtles and big bass fish. After they learn to fly, they migrate to the ocean. And when their striking black-and-white feathers finally emerge, they fly inland, each to find a new lake territory and mate.

Accompanying Susan Vande Griek’s poetic text are Karen Reczuch’s gorgeous illustrations, which show the loons as they grow from tiny downy chicks to majestic adult birds. An afterword provides more information on loons, including their amazing diving ability, the meanings of their calls, and the environmental threats that they face. Also illustrated are five different types of loons and other animals that can be found in their lake habitat.


The Lost Spells. Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris, $31.00

The follow-up to the internationally bestselling sensation The Lost Words, The Lost Spells is a beautiful collection of poems and illustrations that evokes the magic of the everyday natural world. Since its publication in 2017, The Lost Words has enchanted readers with its poetry and illustrations of the natural world. Now, The Lost Spells, a book kindred in spirit and tone, continues to re-wild the lives of children and adults. The Lost Spells evokes the wonder of everyday nature, conjuring up red foxes, birch trees, jackdaws, and more in poems and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers’ minds. Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris’s watercolour illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. To read The Lost Spells is to see anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.

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The Lost Words. Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris, $40.00 (all ages)

In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary — widely used in schools around the world — was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions — he outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual — became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.

Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a “spell book” that will conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book — work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America.


Mama Built a Little Nest. Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. $19.99 (ages 3-5)

There are so many different kinds of birds — and those birds build so many different kinds of nests to keep their babies cozy. With playful, bouncy rhyme, Jennifer Ward explores nests large and small, silky and cottony, muddy and twiggy — and all the birds that call them home!


Mama Dug a Little Den. Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. $23.99 (ages 3-5)

This companion to the celebrated Mama Built a Little Nest explores the many different kinds of dens animals build for their babies. There are so many different kinds of dens that mother animals make for their babies, from desert burrows to snow caves to elaborate underground tunnels. Jennifer Ward introduces young readers to all sorts of animals and the cozy burrows they call home in this bouncy, rhyming picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins.

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My First Book of Canadian Birds. Andrea Miller, illustrated by Angela Doak, $22.95 (ages 2-4)

Help young children identify birds like the Canada goose, American robin, and yellow warbler in their natural habitats with colourful and whimsical collage-style illustrations from breakout East Coast artist Angela Doak (Atlantic Animal ABC).

Simple, gentle text gives readers a peek into the habitats of Canadian birds and introduces child and parent to fun facts about everything from bird sounds to egg sizes! My First Book of Canadian Birds is the perfect way to introduce young readers to birds from across the country.


My First Nature Activity Book. Susan Akass, Editor, $19.95 (ages 7-11)

Discover the natural world with My First Nature Activity Book. Start with In The Garden — build an insect hotel for creepy crawlies, make fairy posies and create a wheelbarrow vegetable garden. Growing Fun has projects for plants that can be grown in small spaces, from growing a cress caterpillar in an old egg box on the windowsill to transforming your old rain boots into containers for tulips and daffodils. The Outdoors Indoors includes craft ideas for things you've collected — butterfly shell magnets, pine cone animals and an autumn leaf picture frame. Finally, head to Outdoor Crafts and Games with activities for camping, from a secret trail and a wigwam for your teddies, and for the beach, such as playing pebble games and creating seaweed creatures. Every project has a skill level of 1, 2, or 3, and comes with easy-to-read instructions and adorable, step-by-step artworks that will guide you along the way.


My Forest is Green. Darren Lebeuf, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $18.99 (ages 3-7)

This delightful picture book encourages small children to look closer at and appreciate the nature that surrounds them. And by providing such a broad range of ideas for artistic expression, it's sure to awaken the nature artist in every child. Bright, deeply textured illustrations bring the forest to vivid life. This story provides an excellent depiction of nature-based education in an outdoor classroom. The specificity of the concrete and abstract adjectives used in the text works as a perfect complement to primary science lessons on investigating, comparing and identifying the physical characteristics of plants and animals. This book also makes for an enjoyable, lyrical read-aloud.

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My Great Outdoors Book: the Kids' Guide to Being Outside. Josie Jeffrey, $12.99 (ages 7-10)

Whether it's bug hunting in a city courtyard, counting stars, planting a neat little window box or building a cool woodland hideout, this brilliantly innovative activity book will open children's eyes to an awesome outdoor playground. Packed with exciting stuff to do, make and discover, the activities are arranged in themed sections, from the garden, the woods, and the shore, through to rainy days, sunny days and night-time. This book is guaranteed to turn any stay-at-home kid (and their family) into an enthusiastic and accomplished outdoor adventurer!


Nature All Around: Bugs. Pamela Hickman & Carolyn Gavin, $18.99 (ages 7-10)

Did you know there are twice as many insects in the world as all other animals combined? They're all around us... if we know where to look! This beautifully illustrated book about bugs introduces young readers to ants, honeybees, dragonflies and more! It covers the basic body parts of different kinds of bugs, their life cycles, their range of unique habitats and even teaches how to tell them apart from common ?insect impostors? like spiders. And it takes readers on a year through the lives of bugs, explaining which bugs can be found in each of the four seasons, and where. An interactive beginner's bug-watching guide provides a series of questions to lead readers through the steps of identifying bugs, and lists the tools every bug-watcher needs. This book is the perfect inspiration for new and long-time bug-watchers to get up close with these fascinating tiny creatures!


Nature All Around: Trees. Pamela Hickman & Carolyn Gavin, $19.99 (ages 7-10)

This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated introduction to trees and the important role they play is part of the essential Nature All Around series. The book first explores the parts of trees, their life cycles, the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, leaf types and the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. Then it takes readers through a year in the life cycle of trees, describing what happens during each of the four seasons. Readers will discover the many ways trees are vital to the environment and how various animals can share one tree as a home.

A two-page spread contains a map of forest regions across the United States and Canada. And there's even a section for "budding" tree-watchers, with fun questions to help identify trees in their neighborhoods.

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Nesting. Henry Cole, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

In this black-and-white picture book highlighted with robin’s egg blue, the reader will follow two robins as they build a nest with twigs and grass. Then mother robin lays four beautiful blue eggs and will keep the eggs warm in the nest until they hatch into four baby robins. The father robin protects the babies until they can fly on their own. The perils the babies encounter are many, including snakes and storms. The nest is always their safe place.

Nesting provides introductory biology and animal science concepts for very young children, and also makes a spectacular springtime gift.


Old Rock (is NOT Boring). Deb Pilutti, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

Old Rock has been sitting in the same spot in the pine forest for as long as anyone can remember. Spotted Beetle, Tall Pine, and Hummingbird think just sitting there must be boring, but they are in for a wonderful surprise. Fabulous tales of adventurous travel, exotic scenery, entertaining neighbors, and more from Old Rock's life prove it has been anything but boring.

Great storytellers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, and Old Rock's stories are sure to inspire questions that lead to wonderful conversations about the past and the natural world.


Over and Under the Pond. Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $25.99 (ages 5-8)

In  a secret underwater world readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the pond is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, tadpoles growing. These and many other secrets are waiting to be discovered... over and under the pond.

Over and Under the Snow. Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $11.99 (ages 5-8)

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow. Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter’s snowy landscape in this magical book.

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Put On Your Owl Eyes: Open Your Senses and Discover Nature's Secrets — Mapping, Tracking & Journaling Activities. Devin Franklin, $24.95 (ages 8-13)

Children will see the natural world around them with brand new eyes, as they learn to follow its signs, hear its language, and understand its secrets. With this unique and compelling book written by expert environmental educator Devin Franklin, kids aged 8 to 13 will build their own relationship with nature through finding a “Sit Spot” — an outdoor space in the backyard, in a field or in the woods, in a vacant lot or a city park — where they can stop, observe, and become familiar with the flora and fauna that live there.

From the Six Arts of Tracking (Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How) and making a habitat map to walking in smooth silence like a fox and learning the basics of bird language, exploration exercises lead young readers on a fascinating journey of discovery as they watch, listen, map, interpret, and write about the sounds, sights, scents, and patterns they encounter. With prompts and write-in spaces for journaling, map-making activities, and observational tracking throughout, Put On Your Owl Eyes is an interactive and thought-provoking guidebook.


Raindrops Roll. April Pulley Sayre, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean. In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

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Recess at 20 Below. Cindy Lou Aillaud, $16.50 (ages 5-10)

Experience from a kid's perspective what it is like playing during recess when it is really cold: how the world sounds outside, how it tastes outside, how it looks, and even how it smells when the thermometer says it's 20 below. Learn about the layer after layer of clothing you have to put on to avoid frostbite before you could hit the playground, the tiny ice crystals you could just see in the air, the loud crunch, crunch, crunch sound your boots make when you walked.


A Rock is Lively. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $11.99 (ages 8-12)

A gorgeous and informative introduction to the fascinating world of rocks. From dazzling blue lapis lazuli to volcanic snowflake obsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this book introduces an array of facts, making it equally perfect for classroom sharing and family reading.


Salmon Forest. David Suzuki, Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Sheena Lott, $12.95 (ages 5-8)

David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis's charming and informative text, accompanied by Sheena Lott's exquisite watercolours, magically evoke the spirit and mystery of the West Coast rain forest. Together, text and illustrations illuminate the interconnectedness of the forest and the sea and of all life.

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See to Learn: Forest. Kate Moss Gamblin, illustrated by Karen Patkau, $16.95 (ages 4-7)

See to Learn: Forest is the first book in a series of non-fiction picture books for very young children, using lyrical phrasing to encourage a sensitive perception of the natural world and a caring connection with it. Through gentle questions, the text asks young readers to consider what they see and experience in the forest through the seasons — animal tracks, tiny creatures in the soil, birds soaring in the sky above, towering trees, shade and dappled sunlight — drawing local connections alongside those of a global sensibility.

Stunningly beautiful illustrations show a child and grownup exploring the forest, appreciating its beauty, learning its secrets and enjoying moments of wonder, all first steps toward developing a lifelong awareness of our interconnectedness to the Earth and our impact on the environment. Includes an author’s note and suggestions for further reading.


Seeds Move! Robin Page, $23.99 (ages 3-8)

Discover the fascinating and surprising ways that seeds move and find a place to grow in this gorgeous picture book. Every seed, big or small, needs sunlight, water, and an uncrowded place to put down roots. But how do seeds get to the perfect place to grow? This exploration of seed dispersal covers a wide range of seeds and the creatures that help them move, from a coconut seed floating on waves to an African grass seed rolled by a dung beetle, to a milkweed seed floating on the wind.


Shaping Up Summer. Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $8.95 (ages 5-7)

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found in everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would spiders draw pictures in their webs? Would narwhals sort blocks of ice by shape? Would insects know what’s above and what’s below?

In Shaping Up Summer, the final title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of geometry, symmetry, and spatial sense. This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is an enticing way to introduce math to kids — they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books.

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Sizing Up Winter. Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $8.95 (ages 5-7)

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more — can be found in everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would snowflakes all fall from the same height in the sky? Would otters spread themselves evenly across lakes? Would groundhogs be aware of the date?

In Sizing Up Winter, the third title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of time and measurement.


Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter. Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Claudine Gévry, $29.99 (ages 4-9)

There is more than one way for animals to prepare for winter. Some, such as mice, foxes, and moose, simply tolerate the cold. Of course black bears hibernate, but chipmunks, wood frogs, and garter snakes do too. And then there are the creatures that migrate, including hummingbirds, blue whales, and even earthworms! This rhyming nonfiction picture book by Laura Purdie Salas tells you all about how animals survive chilly weather.


Snails Are Just My Speed! A Toon Book by Kevin McCloskey, $19.50 (ages 4-7)

Did you know snails build roads like engineers and go undercover in camouflage like spies? Did you know they can be smaller than a seed or bigger than a grown-up’s hand? Kevin McCloskey mixes snail science, art, and hilarity for the newest book, praised by The New York Times as “a winning combination of facts and gross-out fun.”

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Sorting through Spring. Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $8.95 (ages 5-7)

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found by observing everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would flowers bloom in patterns? Would raindrops fall in rhythm? Would birds balance evenly on branches?

In Sorting through Spring, the second title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of patterning, sorting, data management, and probability. This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is a non-intimidating and enticing way to introduce math to kids.


Spring Walk. Virginia Brimhall Snow, $12.99 (ages 4-7)

After a long winter’s sleep, the soil is springing to life. Spring flowers break through the ground to welcome warmer days. Come with Grammy and her grandchildren as they explore and learn all about 24 different flowers. Once home, she teaches them how to plant their own flowers from seeds and make beautiful bouquets.


Summer Walk. Virginia Brimhall Snow, $12.99 (ages 4-7)

Ramble through the woods, as you join Grammy and her favorite grandkids on a summer walk. Beautiful illustrations and clever rhymes will guide readers as they learn to identify twenty-six different bugs, from grasshoppers to moths, snails to katydids. At day’s end, discover how to create a caterpillar habitat; observe over time as your caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly you can then release on your next summer walk.

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10 Reasons to Love a Bear. Catherine Barr, illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $17.99 (ages 3-6)

Bears are incredible creatures! Did you know that they can sleep for months on end? Or that they hum when they are happy?  Discover ten reasons why bears are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in this gorgeous picture book. A must for any young animal enthusiast and a fantastic introduction to environmental issues.

10 Reasons to Love a Penguin. Catherine Barr, illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $16.99 (ages 3-6)

Penguins are the cutest birds! Did you know that they go on incredible journeys? Or that they toboggan on their stomachs? Discover ten reasons why penguins are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in this gorgeous picture book. A must for any young animal enthusiast and a fantastic introduction to environmental issues.

10 Reasons to Love a Turtle. Catherine Barr, illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $16.99 (ages 3-6)

Turtles are amazing creatures! They go on incredible journeys, have beautiful shells, can hold their breath for hours and even cry salty tears. You can show you love them by not dropping litter on the beach and NEVER buying anything made of tortoiseshell. Discover ten reasons why turtles are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in this delightful picture book.

 


Toad Weather. Sandra Markle, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez, $22.95 (ages 5-8)

There's nothing to do on a rainy day — or so Ally thinks. But Mama says she's seen something amazing, so despite Ally's misgivings, she sets out on an adventure with her mother and grandmother. On her journey, she sees all sorts of things: dripping awnings, wet cardboard, splashing cars... but also earthworms, storm drain geysers, and oil slick patterns. And then they turn the corner, just in time to see a big crowd. What's happening?

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Tree Song. Tiffany Stone, illustrated Holly Hatam, $21.95 (ages 4-7)

Listen to the music of the trees. 

This joyful book follows the life cycle of a tree as it grows from seedling to mature tree, and finally gives way to a new sapling. At every stage of the tree’s life, children are seen playing under its branches. Each season brings with it new sounds, whether it’s the chirping of birds in the spring or the flitter flutter of leaves in the fall. As well as a home for animals, the tree provides a canopy for a summer picnic, and a perfect place to hang a swing. Most important of all, when old age fells the tree, it provides an acorn from which a new tree will grow. 


Trees. Lemniscates, $21.00 (ages 2-5)

Trees change through the seasons — springing to life, bearing fruit, and losing their leaves before a period of sleep. They clean the air we breathe, provide seeds and homes for creatures, and extend their shade to everyone equally. Throughout all these changes, trees are constant, patiently learning to grow and flourish wherever they might be. Trees is a reverent and poetic homage that invites the reader to take a closer look at these magnificent beings.


Trees: a Rooted History. Piotr Socha & Wojciech Grajkowski, $31.99 (ages 8-12)

Part botany, part history, part cultural anthropology — Trees goes beyond the basics to tell readers everything they might want to know about this particular branch of the plant kingdom. Trees explores the important roles trees play in our ecosystem, takes an up-close-and-personal look at the parts of trees (from roots to leaves), and unpacks the cultural impact of trees from classification systems (like family trees) to art forms (like bonsai trees). Looking forward, Trees also addresses the deforestation crisis. Heavily illustrated in the same style as Bees: A Honeyed History, Trees: A Rooted History serves as a beautifully packaged celebration of trees of all kinds.

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Under Your Nose: a Book about Nature's Gifts. Judith & Shandley McMurray, foreword by Robert Bateman, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

Chloe and Zachary reluctantly join their grandparents for a trip to the cottage. Equipped with their digital devices, they feel ready for a relaxing week playing games. However, as they soon discover, Nature has a different plan. This vividly illustrated book portrays the beauty and mystery of the natural world through their eyes, in this adventure of fun and discovery.


Up In the Garden and Down In the Dirt. Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $11.99

In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves... and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green — leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world — earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow — populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.


Watch It Grow: Backyard Life Cycles. Barbara Reid, $16.99 (ages 4-8)

Readers young and old will enjoy this introduction to the marvels of the natural world: watching a tadpole hatch from an egg, a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, an acorn become a mighty oak and a glorious sunflower grow from a tiny seed!

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Water Wow! An Infographic Exploration. Antonia Banyard & Paula Ayer, Art by Belle Wuthrich, $14.95 (ages 8-12)

Where did water come from — before it got to Earth? Why is the water you drink the same stuff that was around when dinosaurs were alive? If water can’t be created or destroyed, how can we run out? Find out the answers to these and many more intriguing questions in this vibrant book, designed to appeal to visual learners. Dive in and discover:

  • Why water is so important to different religious faiths
  • Amazing extreme lakes and rivers around the world
  • The surprising connection between water access and girls’ education worldwide
  • How climate change affects water, and vice versa — and what you can do about it
  • ... and more

Filled to the brim with colorful illustrations and diagrams, easy-to-understand infographics, and illuminating photos, Water Wow! is a dazzling and fun introduction to the importance of water in our lives.


A Way with Wild Things. Larissa Theule, illustrated by Sara Palacios, $24.50

Poppy loves nature, and can be found carrying on conversations with ladybugs or singing with cicadas, but good luck spotting her indoors and around people! She's a master of camouflage, always finding a way to blend into her surroundings. Some might call her a wallflower. At a party, Poppy stays out of sight. But when a very special bug lands on the cake, Poppy can't resist popping out to see it. Soon, the rest of the guests notice the beautiful dragonfly, and Poppy, too. Maybe she's not a wallflower after all, but a wildflower.

This poetic and evocative story celebrates the shy and introverted kids among us, as well as the other small creatures to be found if we look closely enough.


What’s the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight. Merrie-Ellen Wilcox, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Whether they live alone or together, in a hive or in a hole in the ground, bees do some of the most important work on the planet: pollinating plants. What’s the Buzz? celebrates the magic of bees — from dancing honey bees to buzz-pollinating bumble bees — and encourages readers to do their part to keep bees in flight. All over the world, bees are struggling, but there are things that everyone can do to help save them, from supporting local farmers to growing bee-friendly gardens.

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When My Dad Went to the Jungle. Gusti, illustrated by Anne Decis, $22.95 (ages 5-9)

In this original, uplifting book from one of Argentina’s most acclaimed children’s writers, a young boy records his dad’s stories of the Amazonian jungle in his journal. As he does, he can’t help but compare his own life. When you visit the rainforest, you should ask the Sápara peoples for permission and be respectful, just like when you visit your neighbor in the city. Smoked fish is delicious in the rainforest — but hard to make in your bedroom. The rainforest is like a great big house for plants, animals, and spirits, but it’s disappearing, little by little. Filling his journal with imaginative drawings and words, the boy decides what he would do if he visited the rainforest: Invite the spirits for donuts and hot cocoa!

Inspired by the author’s volunteer efforts to assist the Sápara peoples in protecting an endangered bird, When My Dad Went to the Jungle portrays a young boy exploring big ideas about the natural world. As he journals, the young boy realizes that, even though life for the Sápara peoples is very different from his own, a little bit of the rainforest lives inside of all of us. If we let it grow, then we will always respect the lands we walk, gather, and play on.


Winter Walk. Virginia Brimhall Snow, $12.99 (ages 4-7)

Slide, step, and stomp through the snow with “Grammy” as she takes her grandkids on a winter adventure. As they explore the woods, they spot a cardinal, learn why some trees are green all year, and build a tall snowman. At the end of the day, they learn how to build a pinecone bird feeder.


The Wonders of Nature. Ben Hoare, $25.99 (ages 7-10)

This collection of amazing animals, plants, rocks and minerals, and microorganisms will wow children and adults alike. With 100 remarkable items from the natural world, from orchids to opals and lichens to lizards, everyone will find something to be captivated by. Each plant, animal, and rock is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love poring over the detailed close-up images.

Discover how the dragon blood tree got its name, why a sundew means big trouble for insects, and what on Earth a radiolarian is. The storybook descriptions let you discover the myths and legends surrounding both organisms and gemstones, as well as key facts about their natural history. From orchids to opals and lichens to lizards, this beautiful treasury lets you find the things that interest you and uncover new favorites along the way. Explore some of the myths and stories surrounding both organisms and gemstones, as well as key facts about their natural history. With reference pages packed with information you'll go away knowing something you didn't before, even if you return time and again.

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Complete Booklist

123 Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99 (ages 2-5)

ABC Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99 (ages 2-5)

About Insects: a Guide for Children. Cathryn Sill, $10.95 (ages 3-7)

Baby Animals with Their Families. Words and Photos by Suzi Eszterhas, $16.95 (ages 3-6)

Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail. Kathleen Yale, $19.95; Spiral bound edition $22.95 (ages 4-8)

Backyard Birds: an Introduction. Robert Bateman, $9.95 (ages 8-12)

Be a Night Detective: Solving the Mysteries of Twilight, Dusk, and Nightfall. Peggy Kochanoff, $14.95 (ages 5-9)

Beastly Puzzles: a Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game. Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler, $18.99 (ages 7-9)

Beavers: the Superpower Field Guide. Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas John Frith, $26.99 (ages 7-10)

Bees: a Honeyed History. Piotr Socha & Wojciech Grajkowski, $31.99 (ages 8-12)

A Beetle is Shy. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $24.99 (ages 5-8)

Best In Snow. April Pulley Sayre, $23.99 (ages 3-8)

Big Animals in the Arctic. Nunavummi Reading Series, $7.95 (ages 3-6)

Birds. Lemniscates, $21.00 (ages 2-5)

The Bug Book and Bug Bottle. Hugh Danks, $28.95 (ages 6-12)

The Bug Girl (a True Story). Sophia Spencer, with Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Kerascoët, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Can You Hear the Trees Talking? Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest. Peter Wohlleben, $24.95 (ages 7-11)

Canadian Wildlife Activity Book, Volume One. Tom Hunter, $12.95 (ages 8-12)

Canadian Wildlife Activity Book, Volume Two. Tom Hunter, $12.95 (ages 8-12)

City Bugs. Antonia Banyard, $7.99 (ages 2-4)

City Critters. Antonia Banyard, $7.99 (ages 2-4)

Counting on Fall. Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $8.95 (ages 5-7)

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet. Nikki Tate, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Do Trees Get Hungry? Noticing Plant and Animal Traits. Martha Rustad, $9.99 (ages 5-8)

Every Tree Has a Story. Cécile Benoist & Charlotte Gastaut, $25.99 (ages 5 and up)

Exercising Muscles and Minds: Outdoor Play and the Early Years Curriculum, 2nd Edition. Marjorie Ouvry & Amanda Furtado, $33.95

Fabulous Frogs. Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tim Hopgood, $10.99 (ages 5-8)

Fall Walk. Virginia Brimhall Snow, $12.99 (ages 4-7)

50 Reasons to Love Animals. Catherine Barr, illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $24.99 (ages 3-6)

First 1000 Nature Words. Marie-Elise Masson, $16.99 (ages 3-5)

A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds. Jean Richards, illustrated by Anca Hariton, $11.99 (ages 4-7)

Get Outdoors: a Mindfulness Guide to Noticing Nature. Paul Christelis, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli, $18.99 (ages 5-9)

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Hands-On Nature Projects. Sally Hewitt, $16.99 (ages 7-10)

Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel and Other Poems of Birds in Flight. Susan Vande Griek & Mark Hoffman, $18.99 (ages 6-9)

Hello Autumn! Shelley Rotner, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

Hello Spring! Shelley Rotner, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

Hello Winter! Shelley Rotner, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

The Hike. Alison Farrell, $25.50 (ages 3-6)

How Does a Frog Grow? Dawn Sirett, $16.99 (ages 3-5)

Howl Like a Wolf! Learn to Think, Move, and Act Like 15 Amazing Animals. Kathleen Yale, illustrated by Kaley McKean, $26.95 (ages 6-9)

If You Find a Rock. Peggy Christian, photographs by Barbara Hirsch Lember, $10.99 (ages 4-7)

If You Were Night. Muon Thi Van, illustrated by Kelly Pousette, $19.99 (ages 3-7)

It's Moving Day! Pamela Hickman, illustrated by Geraldo Valério, $8.95 (ages 4-7)

Keep Up, Katmai. Barrett Hedges & Pili Palm-Leis, $19.99 (ages 4-8)

The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Children's Education Staff, $14.95 (ages 8-12)

Kids & Nature In a Jar®: Easy Ways to Love and Learn About the Outdoors. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (ages 6-14)

Little Animals in the Arctic. Nunavummi Reading Series, $7.95 (ages 3-6)

LOON. Susan Vande Griek, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, $12.95 (ages 4-7)

The Lost Spells. Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris, $31.00

The Lost Words. Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris, $40.00 (all ages)

Mama Built a Little Nest. Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. $19.99 (ages 3-5)

Mama Dug a Little Den. Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. $23.99 (ages 3-5)

My First Book of Canadian Birds. Andrea Miller, illustrated by Angela Doak, $22.95 (ages 2-4)

My First Nature Activity Book. Susan Akass, Editor, $19.95 (ages 7-11)

My Forest is Green. Darren Lebeuf, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $18.99 (ages 3-7)

My Great Outdoors Book: the Kids' Guide to Being Outside. Josie Jeffrey, $12.99 (ages 7-10)

Nature All Around: Bugs. Pamela Hickman & Carolyn Gavin, $18.99 (ages 7-10)

Nature All Around: Trees. Pamela Hickman & Carolyn Gavin, $19.99 (ages 7-10)

Nesting. Henry Cole, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Old Rock (is NOT Boring). Deb Pilutti, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

Over and Under the Pond. Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $25.99 (ages 5-8)

Over and Under the Snow. Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $11.99 (ages 5-8)

Put On Your Owl Eyes: Open Your Senses and Discover Nature's Secrets — Mapping, Tracking & Journaling Activities. Devin Franklin, $24.95 (ages 8-13)

Raindrops Roll. April Pulley Sayre, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Recess at 20 Below. Cindy Lou Aillaud, $16.50 (ages 5-10)

A Rock is Lively. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $11.99 (ages 8-12)

Salmon Forest. David Suzuki, Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Sheena Lott, $12.95 (ages 5-8)

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See to Learn: Forest. Kate Moss Gamblin, illustrated by Karen Patkau, $16.95 (ages 4-7)

Seeds Move! Robin Page, $23.99 (ages 3-8)

Shaping Up Summer. Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $8.95 (ages 5-7)

Sizing Up Winter. Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $8.95 (ages 5-7)

Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter. Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Claudine Gévry, $29.99 (ages 4-9)

Snails Are Just My Speed! A Toon Book by Kevin McCloskey, $19.50 (ages 4-7)

Sorting through Spring. Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron, $8.95 (ages 5-7)

Spring Walk. Virginia Brimhall Snow, $12.99 (ages 4-7)

Summer Walk. Virginia Brimhall Snow, $12.99 (ages 4-7)

10 Reasons to Love a Bear. Catherine Barr, illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $17.99 (ages 3-6)

10 Reasons to Love a Penguin. Catherine Barr, illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $16.99 (ages 3-6)

10 Reasons to Love a Turtle. Catherine Barr, illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $16.99 (ages 3-6)

Toad Weather. Sandra Markle, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez, $22.95 (ages 5-8)

Tree Song. Tiffany Stone, illustrated Holly Hatam, $21.95 (ages 4-7)

Trees. Lemniscates, $21.00 (ages 2-5)

Trees: a Rooted History. Piotr Socha & Wojciech Grajkowski, $31.99 (ages 8-12)

Under Your Nose: a Book about Nature's Gifts. Judith & Shandley McMurray, foreword by Robert Bateman, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

Up In the Garden and Down In the Dirt. Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $11.99 (ages 5-8)

Watch It Grow: Backyard Life Cycles. Barbara Reid, $16.99 (ages 4-8)

Water Wow! An Infographic Exploration. Antonia Banyard & Paula Ayer, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich, $14.95 (ages 8-12)

A Way with Wild Things. Larissa Theule, illustrated by Sara Palacios, $24.50

What’s the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight. Merrie-Ellen Wilcox, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

When My Dad Went to the Jungle. Gusti, illustrated by Anne Decis, $22.95 (ages 5-9)

Winter Walk. Virginia Brimhall Snow, $12.99 (ages 4-7)

The Wonders of Nature. Ben Hoare, $25.99 (ages 7-10)

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