We were quarantined in the house, but at least we were surrounded by books. We started to sort through all of the books that touched on the outdoors in any way. It became an interesting categorizing game; S. chose most of the categories and books below, I added the read-aloud category. I was going to include more adult titles, but we came up with so many books, that I’ll save those for tomorrow. I’m not commenting on the individual books – there are some that I love and some that are a little flat, but this was his list.
“Real books that are completely about being outside”
- Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature – Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes
- Zoo-ology – Joelle Jolivet
- Bugs – Penelope York
- Birds- Samantha Gray and Sarah Walker
- The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers (Western) – the version we have is out of print
- The North Carolina Alphabet – Pamela George and Walter M. Brown
“Books about science that might have something about being outside”
“Books about being outside that have drawings instead of photos, and might not be real”
- Bone (series) – Jeff Smith
- Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey
- All in A Day – Cynthia Rylant and Nikki McClure
- All the World – Liz Garton Scanlon
- Flotsam – David Wiesner
- The Lion and the Mouse – Jerry Pinkney
- This is the Tree: A Story of the Baobab – Miriam Moss and Adrienne Kennaway
- The Umbrella – Jan Brett
- The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses – Paul Goble
- The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote – Tony Johnston and Tome dePaola
- There Was an Old Man Who Painted the Sky – Teri Sloat and Stefano Vitale
- When the Moon is Full – Penny Pollock and Mary Azarian
There are undoubtedly thousands of excellent books we haven’t thought of.
What would you add? And what categories does your outdoor book collection include?