Notes from the Wild : Feeling Green

Notes from the Wild

In a previous post I mentioned my new pet project, a nonfiction kids book club, and shared a few of the insect-related books I’d found to share. I enjoyed writing that post so much that I’m back again with another installment, this time focused on plants! There are so many wonderful nonfiction titles out there that can help children explore and learn to appreciate our natural world and the people who study and work to preserve it. Here are just a few titles I’ve uncovered!

The Tree Lady : The True Story of How One Tree-loving Woman Changed a City Forever – Hopkins, H. Joseph

Kate Sessions was a true pioneer. Not only was she the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science, she also helped transform her adopted hometown of San Diego from a lifeless desert to a lush and green community, thanks to her green thumb and limitless ingenuity.

Plant Secrets – Goodman, Emily

Colourful illustrations and simple text introduce young children to the life cycles of different plants in this beautiful, approachable book.

Don’t Touch That! The Book of Gross, Poisonous, and Downright Icky Plants and Critters – Day, Jeff

Gross, poisonous and icky? With silly illustrations and a title like that, you’ve got a definitely kid-pleaser on your hands!

Sequoia – Johnston, Tony

A beautifully illustrated, lyrically written ode to one of the oldest and most majestic living beings on the planet, the mighty sequoia tree.

Redwoods – Chin, Jason

When a young boy stumbles upon a book about the mighty redwood forests, he is transported into an incredible world populated by ancient trees of staggering beauty.

Deep Roots : How Trees Sustain Our Planet – Tate, Nikki

This beautifully photographed (and locally published!) celebration of trees looks at the many ways in which trees impact our lives, and examines the deep roots that connect all living things together.

A Little Guide to Trees – Voake, Charlotte

There’s no reason that a nonfiction title can’t be beautifully and charmingly illustrated as well as factual! This sweet guide to trees is perfect for younger budding arborists.

Trees, Leaves and Bark – Burns, Diane L.

This beautifully illustrated field guide to North American trees encourages young readers to get out and explore their natural environment.

A Seed is Sleepy – Aston, Dianna Hutts

A poetic and elegant introduction to the life cycles of plants.

If nothing else, I hope these posts inspire you to look at children’s nonfiction in a bit of a different light. There’s really so much variety in this genre, and with so many different literary and visual styles, tones and approaches there’s really something to appeal to almost every young reader!

Presented with Pride : LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

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