The best books about the great outdoors

    Illustration from Lucy Cousins’ ‘A Busy Day for Birds’
    Emma O’Donovan rounds up her favourite books all about nature and wildlife



    Age 2-4: Hidden World: Forest by Libby Walden and Stephanie Fizer Coleman
    An enchanting introduction to flora and fauna. Lift the flaps to explore the woodland, learning facts as you go. £9.99, 360 Degrees

    Age 2-4: Safe & Sound by Jean Roussen and Loris Lora
    A soothing rhyming story about the nurturing relationship animals have with their young. A perfect introduction to the natural world – a book to treasure. £11.99, Flying Eye Books

    Age 2-4: A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins
    This fantastically bold book will have little ones jumping, flapping, swooping and singing along as they learn all about these beautiful feathered friends. £11.38, Walker Books



    Age 5-7: In Focus: Cities by Libby Walden
    Discover fascinating facts about 10 world-famous cities. An intriguing introduction to geography, sure to trigger a thirst for adventure. £15.99, 360 Degrees



    Age 5-7: The Big Book of Beasts by Yuval Zommer
    An enormous fun-packed book filled with all creatures great and small. Ever wondered how a hippo marks his territory? This is the book for you…  £9.06, Thames & Hudson



    Age 5-7: Good Morning, Good Night by Richard Jones and Libby Walden 
    A deeply immersive observation of day breaking on a mountainside. This book perfectly illustrates the never-ending possibilities of nature. £10.99, Caterpillar Books 


    Age 8-10: Atlas of Miniature Adventures by Lucy Leatherland and Emma Hawkins
    A magnificent pocket-sized book crammed with fascinating maps, puzzles and curiosities from seven continents. Perfect for inquisitive minds. £6.99, Wide Eyed Editions



    Age 8-10: Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen
    A heart-wrenching story about a boy and his unbreakable bond with a wild fox. Hauntingly atmospheric, this has all the makings of a future classic. £12.08, Harper Collins


    Age 8-10: Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley
    What better way to embrace the environment than getting outside? A charming tale about siblings and the limitless power of the imagination. £21.66, Walker Books



    Activity: The Sky Guys by Madeleine Rogers
    Get creative with this super-stylish combination of story and craft. This book comes with five easy-to-make birds and scenes for little ones. £12.99, Button Books 



    Activity: Show + Tell Animal Activities by Nous Vous
    This pack includes posters, stickers and a colouring book. Hours of fun will be had while building observation skills and mastering first words. £6.99, Wide Eyed Editions


    Activity: Forest Life and Woodland Creatures
    This crafty book introduces little ones to forest life. Learn how to make bird feeders and bear masks, all the while learning about woodland creatures. £7.99, DK Publishing