Seasonal Books | Nature Study

Find below books to suit each season

The books are organised into age groups but please use your own judgement when allocating books to rooms. Amazon has a ‘look inside’ option on many books. 

Another note, use your own judgement in how these books are accessed. They could be out in the book shelf all season or you may decide to only get them out when you are offering that particular topic. Do what is best for your children and remember to teach respect to books


0-2 year olds

  • You’re my little pumpkin pie by Nicola Edwards
  • Thats Not My Owl, Hedgehog, Badger, Fox, Squirrel by Usborne books
  • Orange Pear, Apple Bear by Eily Gravett
  • My Little Forest by Katrin Wiehle

2-3 year olds

  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

  • Wow! Said The Owl by Tim Hopgood

  • Hello World! How Do Apples Grow? by Jill McDonald

  • Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metger

  • Not A Stick by Antoinette Portis

  • Walters Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood

  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

  • Spinderella by Julia Donaldson

  • Five Little Pumpkins by Ben Mantle

  • The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellersey

  • It was a Cold Dark Night by Tim Hopgood

  • The Hug by Eoin McLaughin

  • I’m not going out there by Paul Bright

  • How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers

  • Star in the jar by Sam Hay


3-4 year olds

  • Little Gooses Autumn by Elli Woollard
  • RSPB My First Book of Garden Birds
  • National Trust: Out and About Bird Spotter
  • The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer
  • Apples, Apples Everywhere! Learning About Apple Harvests by Robin Koontz
  • Sweep by Louise Greig
  • Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty
  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
  • Stick man by Julia Donaldson
  • Stanleys Stick by Neal Layton
  • Spiders by Usborne
  • The Solar System by Usborne
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  • Pattans Pumpkin by Chitra Soundar
  • A Book for Bramble by Lynne Garner
  • Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November by Deborah Webb
  • Percy and the Badger by Nick Butterworth
  • Look inside the woods by Usborne books
  • Little Acorn by Igloo books
  • Can’t you sleep little bear? by Martin Waddel
  • The owl who was afraid of the dark by Jill Tomlinson
  • I’m not very afraid of the dark by Usborne

Adults reference to extend childrens interest

  • Wild Food: A Complete Guide for Foragers by Roger Phillips

  • Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

  • The Stick Book: Loads of things you can do with a stick by Fiona Danks


0-2 year olds

  • Hello Animals: How do you sleep? by Loes Botman
  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Tim Hopgood

2-3 year olds

  • Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty
  • Before I Wake Up by Britta Teckentrup
  • Secrets of Winter by Carron Brown and Georgina Tee
  • Mossy by Jan Bret
  • Can I Play in the Mud? by Mathew Price
  • Dirt + Water = Mud by Katherine Hannigan
  • The Worm and the Bird by Coralie Bickford-Smith

3-4 year olds

  • The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy
  • Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
  • Hibernation (First Step Nonfiction — Discovering Nature’s Cycles) 
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner 
  •  The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino
  • Snow in the Garden: A First Book of Christmas by Shirley Hughes
  • One Snowy Night (A Tale from Percy’s Park) by Nick Butterworth
  • My RSPB Nature Craft Box: Make and Play
  • Let’s Explore… Mountains by Lonely Planet
  • Mountains by Chris Oxlade
  • Nature Anatomy Paperback by Julia Rothman
  • Flower Fairies of the Winter by Cicely Mary Barker
  • The Northern Lights: Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis by Daryl Pederson and Calvin Hall
  • Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights by Mindy Dwyer
  • Maybe- by Kobi Yamada
  • White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt
  • Beautiful Hands by Kathryn Otoshi
  • Rocks and Minerals: Find Adventure!
  • Have fun outdoors! Be a rock detective!
  • If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk
  • A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts
  • Yucky Worms by Vivian Fren
  • It’s a Good Thing There Are Earthworms by Jodie Shepherd
  • Foraging with Kids: 52 Wild and Free Edibles to Enjoy with Your Children


0-2 year olds

  • That’s not my books (Lamb, Chick, Bunny)
  • Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • Watch Me Grow by Priddy Books
  • Baby Touch and Fell (animals) by DK books
  • Bird Sounds by Usborne books

2-3 year olds

  • A River by Marc Martin
  • Tiny, Perfect Things by M Clark
  • Bird Builds a Nest: A Science Storybook about Forces by Martin Jenkins
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Large-Print Butterfly Picture Book by Lasting Happiness
  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  • Q Pootle by Nick Butterworth
  • Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy
  • The Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain
  • Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury
  • What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert (American)
  • Mix it Up by Herve Tullet

3-4 year olds

  • Rhythm of Rain by Grahame Baker-Smith
  • Once Upon a Raindrop: The Story of Water by James Carter
  • Flowers to Spot (Usborne Minis)
  • A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
  • All Kinds of Nests!: Birds (Science Storybooks) by Eun-Gyu Choi
  • A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston
  • First Big Book of Bugs by Catherine Hughes
  • Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer
  • A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston
  • Seeds Move! by Robin Page
  • A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
  • Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis
  • Elmer by David McKee
  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
  • The Big Book of the Blue by Yuval Zommer
  • Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty
  • How Do Flowers Grow by Usborne
  • Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak
  • Little Bears Spring by Elli Woollard

Adults reference to extend childrens interest

  • A Little Guide To Wild Flowers (Eden Project)
  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
  • We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines
  • Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
  • Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow by Kathryn Kemp Guylay
  • What A Waste by Jess French


0-2 year olds

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: by Michael Rosen
  • Worm Weather by Tomie dePaola
  • Beach (my first touch and find book) by Campbell books

2-3 year olds

  • Bee: Nature’s tiny miracle by Patricia Hegarty
  • Feel the Wind by Arthur Dorros
  • Clouds by Anne Rockwell
  • Rosie’s Hat by Julia Donaldson
  • Washing Line by Jez Alborough
  • Our Community Garden by Barbara Pollak
  • Flower Garden by Eve Bunting 
  • The Storm Whale by Benji Davies
  • What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside by Julia Donaldson 

3-4 year olds

  •  The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner
  • Why Do We Need Bees? by Katie Daynes
  • Explore my world: honey bees by Jill Esbaum
  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
  • Katie and the Sunflowers by James Mayhew
  • Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty
  • When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree by Jamie L B Deenihan
  • Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  • The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi
  • A Garden of Ordinary Miracles: An Alphabet Book by Robert Zakanitch 
  • Little cloud by Eric Carle
  • The Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Baker-Smith
  • Naturetrails: Rocks and Fossils by Struan Reid
  • A Rock Is Lively: by Dianna Hutts Aston (Usborne)
  • Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman
  • Only One You -by Linda Kranz
  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
  • Lucy and Tom at the Seaside by Shirley Hughes

Adult reference to extend children’s interest

  • Foraging with Kids: 52 Wild and Free Edibles to Enjoy with Your Children by Adele Nozedar
  • Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of Britain and Ireland by Robin Harford
  • Little kids first big book of weather by Karen de Seve
  • The Big Book of Blooms by Yuval Zommer
  • Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman
  • Rocks and Minerals by National Geographic Kids
  • How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide by Katie Daisy
  • What’s that Flower?: The Simplest ID Guide Ever by DK