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9 books that will inspire a love of the great outdoors

Whether it’s splashing in muddy puddles or discovering some curious creepy crawlies, getting little ones outside can be wonderful for their development. These brilliant books are bound to get your little explorers enthusiastic about the great outdoors.

Hey Duggee: Duggee’s Nature Activity Book | Ladybird

Have fun exploring nature with the help of Duggee and the Squirrel Club. This colourful activity book is bursting with challenges specially designed to be completed outdoors.  Encourage little ones to earn Squirrel Club badges as they hunt for leaves or the perfect pebble to paint, while learning more about their surroundings.  

Colour Together Nature | Andersen

A wonderful bonding activity for those inevitable rainy days, this gorgeous colouring book will give little artists the chance to create a piece of artwork based on the theme of nature.  From images of leaping frogs to gorgeous fields of flowers – there’s plenty to choose from in these beautiful images inspired by the great outdoors.

 

Peppa Pig Nature Trail Read it Yourself | Ladybird

On a family nature trail, Peppa has a fantastic time following animal footsteps and taking a closer look at the wildlife around her. As part of the Read it Yourself series created by Ladybird experts this book has been specially crafted to introduce new readers to reading skills in a fun and engaging way. And it may just inspire them to get outside and follow a few piggy-shaped footsteps of their own!

A Little Guide to Trees by Charlotte Voake | Eden Children’s Books

This charmingly illustrated picture book from the Eden Project has been carefully designed to help children learn more about the trees around them. Packed with interesting facts and clues on how to spot different types of trees, this book will inspire your little nature lovers to get outside and explore their environment.

A Little Guide to Wild Flowers by Charlotte Voake | Eden Children’s Books

Another beautiful guide brought to you by the Eden Project - this time with a focus on wild flowers. Have fun spotting different plants at the side of the road, in the garden, or between the cracks in the pavement. There is a tick list at the back of the book so you can keep track of what you’ve seen and a little scrap book for them to stick pressed flowers in as a keepsake for the future.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom: Outdoor Explorers Sticker Activity Book | Ladybird

If you’re in need of some rainy-day fun, you can still keep tots engaged with nature through this jam-packed sticker and activity book. Help them complete puzzles and spot new plants and bugs in the Little Kingdom; it’s a great opportunity to fine-tune nature trail skills in readiness for outdoor adventures.

Alfie Outdoors by Shirley Hughes | Puffin

Alfie Outdoors is another stunning addition to the well-loved Shirley Hughes collection. This time Alfie heads out to the garden with his Dad to discover the joys of growing your own food. As always, Alfie learns some important lessons such as the value of being patient and sharing. This is the ideal book to inspire any little gardener and its beautifully detailed illustrations will help to make the outdoors seem even more appealing.

Lottie Dolls Adventure Journal | Puffin

This fun-packed journal is the perfect accompaniment for a trip outside. Filled with ideas for play, activities to try and space to write or draw, this book is a great way to motivate little ones to head off on some outdoor adventures with their Lottie doll or favourite toy.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle | Puffin

This colourful picture book teaches little ones about the lifecycle of a butterfly via the most famous creepy crawly of them all - a ravenous little caterpillar. Eric Carle’s delightfully original artwork makes this book an absolute classic. Why not head outside to see if you can find your own Very Hungry Caterpillar or even a beautiful butterfly?

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