Our weather for the last few days around here has been beautiful, and it has made me want to dig into all of our nature books with my toddler! I pulled some nonfiction nature books for toddlers and preschoolers off our shelves, and I’m here to tell you all about them.
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Little Lift and Look series
The simplest of the books I’ll mention in this post, the Little Lift and Look series has simple text on each page to introduce older babies and young toddlers to nonfiction topics. The large, sturdy, gate-fold flaps are easy for little hands to explore and not-so-easy for little hands to rip right off! I love reading Spotty Frog with my son and talking to him about the life cycle of the frog. These books offer a tiny bite-sized biology lesson to introduce little ones to very basic concepts as they investigate the flaps to follow the animals in their habitats.
Peek Inside series
The Peek Inside series covers a wide range of topics in books for older toddlers, but I’ll link some of the nature-themed books below. The flaps in these books are smaller for more developed fine motor skills and for children who are learning to be more gentle with flaps. My son is 20 months old, and I read this book to him while he’s eating in his high chair because he tends to be a little violent with flaps! The Peek Inside series flaps are so beautifully designed, and they encourage young children to explore what interests them by “peeking inside” beehives, animal homes, the seashore, and more. I’ve learned a few things about bees myself from Peek Inside a Beehive!
Very First Questions and Answers series
I think of the Very First Questions and Answers series as an introduction to reference books for older toddlers and preschoolers. While there is a ton of information available to a child who might really be craving it, you can also just pull one of these books out when a child has questions about a topic. It’s great to introduce your kids to the “old-school” way of checking in a book first when they are looking for information! This book presents the answers to those questions in a way that’s simple to understand, and they make it easy to use a child-led approach to seeking those answers, whether your child wants to take a big gulp of knowledge or just small tastes of it.
This series includes titles about all kinds of things from potty training to brushing teeth to dinosaurs, but I’ll link some nature titles here.
My Very First Outdoor Book
This book is geared more toward preschoolers ages three and up, but that didn’t stop us from adding it to our bookshelf a little early! Each page spread focuses on a different topic about the outdoors, offering simple facts, plenty of illustrations, and suggestions for how little ones can explore nature. It has pages explaining different types of weather, flowers, stargazing, bugs, trees, and so much more. My Very First Outdoor Book is quite informative, but in a way that is picture-driven and accessible. My 20 month old loves to point to all the pictures so we can tell him what things are. And the pages are thick and sturdy for little hands!
Pairing books with outdoor play is such a fun way to help little ones explore the world around them, and these nature board books for toddlers and preschoolers can offer us the ability to do just that! I look forward to coupling more and more of our hands on adventures with the information in these accessible and engaging books.