Being outdoors in nature offers children endless possibilities to engage and stimulate their curiosity. If you can’t get your children outdoors for one reason or another, books are a great way to explore the wonders of nature further. Many children are keenly interested in animals and nature, and there are a nearly endless number of books for elementary-aged children and older where they can learn about plant and animal life.
Rich, beautiful drawings from Christopher Raschka invite young children into a vividly natural world in Simple Gifts: A Shaker Hymn.
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and A Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. (catalog summary)
If you like the fantastical adventures of Despereaux, check out these whimsicial and classic titles as well:
Babymouse (20: Goes for the Gold) by Jennifer L. Holm (graphic novel)
Urged by her mother to find a physical activity, Babymouse, who would rather read and eat cupcakes, tries out for the swim team. (catalog summary)
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. (catalog summary)
Pete the Cat loves math. He loves how all the numbers work together! When Pete discovers his friend Tom is struggling to understand math, he decides that helping would be fun!
“I hate math,” says Tom.
“You don’t hate math,” Pete tells Tom. “You just don’t love it yet.”
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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin & James Dean
As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet. (catalog summary)
Here are a few more in the Pete the Cat series:
If you enjoy the Pete the Cat series, then you might like these other whimsical & clever picture book titles:
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. (catalog summary)
George Washington, like his English relatives before him, loved to ride horseback through the Northern Virginia fields, jumping over walls and fences, in pursuit of wily foxes. For foxes will grab a farmer’s chickens as a hearty meal, and George Washington was a farmer.
Cinnabar is a red fox who plays his part in the sport and hasn’t been caught yet, though, in this imaginative telling, he carefully keeps what he considers his appointments with the hunters at one o’clock. Told from the fox’s point of view, his happy return to his mate Vicky and his cubs is cause for sweet celebration.
"Horrible Bear!" shouts a girl after her kite is destroyed by a slumbering beast. It was not intentional. Bear simply rolled over in his sleep, and the kite went CRUNCH!
This red-haired young lady is fuming though. She stomps back to her house, yelling the phrase over and over. Bear figures if he is going to be blamed for an accident, then maybe he should do something really horrible.
Your children worked hard this school year, so don’t let them lose ground! Reading throughout the summer helps students prevent summer learning loss, and the public library offers incentive-based programs, making summer reading easy and fun. This year’s themes, “On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!” and “Get in the Game—Read,” promote being active, whether through playing a sport, going for a swim, taking a walk in the park or having an adventure. There’s no required list, so any book counts; after all, any reading is good reading! Here are a few suggestions to kick off your summer.
Deep within the solitary, stone pyramids of Egypt, a lonely, mummified cat roams the ancient hallways searching for his young, royal owner Queen Hat-shup-set in Mummy Cat. Reminiscing, Mummy Cat shares the simplicity of living life with a queen, going through his days playing by the Nile riverbank, portrait drawing, and game playing. But one day, he and the queen were attacked by a scorpion! And two small bodies were laid to rest. Now, Mummy Cat waits for his Queen to appear after 3,000 years—will tonight be the night she finally returns?
In The Only Child, a girl leaves home without telling her parents, hoping to visit her grandma. She soon finds herself lost, alone, and afraid in the woods. When she comes across a mighty stag, her fortunes turn as a magical adventure begins.