Nature themed Books – Staff picks

Books for Kids

The Adventures of Phokey the Sea Otter: Based on a True Story, by Marianne Riedman

Animals Everywhere by Lillian Pluta – Explore the incredible places that animals call home.

Because of an Acorn, by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer

The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward – Many different types of wildlife live in and around a tree that is their home, from chipmunks and woodpeckers to ants and spiders.The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – A classic story of a boy and his best friend, a tree. ​

Coyote Stories for Children by Susan Strauss – Retells a variety of Native American legends featuring Coyote in the time before the coming of humans.

Girls Who Looked Under Rocks by Jeannine Atkins – The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists

Good Night California by Adam Gamble – Part of the “Good Night” Series, highlighting California’s spectacular areas

The Hike by Alison Farrell – An adventure story about three intrepid young female explorers set out to conquer the outdoors in their local forest.

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers – A little girl and her father take a quiet walk and identify the sounds around them.

Little Owl’s Night, by Divya Srinivasan

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss

Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk – When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!

Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen

River Beds by Gail Langer Karwoski – Sleeping in the World’s Rivers (Mom’s Choice Awards)

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon – The story of young fruit bat who becomes separated from her mother and finds her way to a nest of birds. She is adopted by them and learns bird-like behavior.

The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle

Verdi by Janell Cannon – When Verdi”s mother tells him to grow up big and green, Verdi can’t imagine why.

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle – Farm animals try to divert a very busy spider from doing her work.

Water Beds by Gail Langer Karwoski – Sleeping in the Ocean

The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Books for Adults

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGown

Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv

My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir

Reason for Hope, by Jane Goodall

A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold

Sea Change, by Sylvia A. Earle

The Last Season, by Eric Blehm

Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, by Richard Louv

What the Robin Knows, by Jon Young

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