Nature Themed Picture Books

Nature Included Homeschooling

If you are like most parents, you are always looking for ways to incorporate books and grow a book lover. Our latest post in our 30 days of fall blog party comes from Joanne at Our Unschooling Journey. Joanne shares a helpful list of nature books to give to your kiddos to spark their interest and keep nature part of your homeschooling curriculum year round.

We incorporate nature into our homeschooling in so many ways!

We go hiking most every week.  We visit aquariums, zoos, and nature centers. We’ve raised butterflies, hatched ladybugs from larvae, watched tadpoles turn into frogs, and even resuscitated a dehydrated hummingbird we found in our garage.

We’ve taken classes at our nature center to learn about clamming, fishing, nature journaling and more.  We once went out on an ocean research vessel and learned all about the ocean animals in our region.  We’ve taken classes through our local zoos over the years learning about habitat, animal adaptations, and more.

But one of our favorite ways to learn all about nature is to read.  Even though my kids are all in middle and high school we sill read lots and lots of wonderful picture books.  I look for books with beautiful illustrations and moving stories.

Picture books like:

  1. Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman


  1. The Bee Tree by Stephen Buchmann

  1. Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston

  1. Sugaring by Jessis Haas

  1. Pond by Jim LaMarche

  1. The Gift of the Tree by Alvin Tresselt

  1. Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream by Robert Burleigh

  1. The King of Bees by Lester Laminack

10.Thirsty Thirsty Elephants (or just about any other book written by Sandra Markle!)

11.The Sea of Sleep by Warren Hanson

These books help spark our interest and allow us to learn about parts of the world that we’d most likely never get to travel to or explore on our own.

Do you have any favorite books about nature?

Joanne, known as Mother of 3 around the web,  has been homeschooling her three boys since June of 2012.  That’s when she began her blog Our Unschooling Journey. You can find new posts daily and follow along on her Facebook pagePinterest boards,  or even through Google +.


I’m a Fort Worth based mom with a passion for roasted beets, chocolate chip cookies and creating play based learning opportunities. I’m trying to set the example of a healthy lifestyle but find I enjoy coffee in my jammies more than running. I’m a work in progress and you are welcome to come hang out with me anytime.

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