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Best Children’s Picture Books about Nature & the Environment

Updated: Mar 26


a child reading a book in the grass

If you have little ones of your own or are looking to buy nature-inspired books for some children in your life, this is the blog post about the best children's picture books about nature and the environment is for you. As a former nature educator and certified environmental educator, this list has been compiled over many years of working with kids. And picture books aren’t just for children. I still delight in reading and enjoying a good picture book. There are so many to love on this list. I love learning about new books. If you have a favorite that isn’t listed here, feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll check it out. My goal is to continue to grow this list and keep adding great suggestions. Just a quick reminder that if you click on one of the links, I may make a commission at no additional charge to you. The links below will take you to Amazon. If you prefer to support independent bookstores, check out my curated lists on Bookshop.com.


Listen to the Language of Trees: A Story of How Forests Communicate Underground by Tera Kelley & Marie Hermansson



listen to the language of trees

Listen to the Language of Trees is all about the magic of mycelium. New scientific research has provided evidence that trees can actually talk to each other. This lovely picture book helps simplify the science and is a gorgeous introduction to the science of fungal networks. Kids and adults alike will love the images and simple text. There’s even a section in the back of the book that explains the science in very simple terms.

We are Water Protectors by  Carole Lindstrom Michaela Goade 

Over/Under Pond by Kate Messner & Christopher Silas Neal

Over/Under Wave by  Kate Messner & Christopher Silas Neal

A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer & Robin Brickman

The Hugging Tree by Jill Neimark & Nicole Wong

The Last Tree/El último árbol by María Quintana Silva & Silvia Álvarez 

The Hike by Alison Farrell 

Trees, Leaves, Seeds, & Flowers by DK & Smithsonian Institution

Drop: Adventures Through the Water Cycle by Emily Kate Moon 


All of the above links will take you to Amazon. If you prefer to browse or shop at Barnes & Noble, click on one of the book cover images below. Reminder, if you click on a link and purchase an item within 24 hours, I will earn a small commission at no cost to you.



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