LET'S GO OUTSIDE! BOOKS

Topic Books about the Outdoors for Children EYFS & KS1

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WOODLANDS & MINIBEASTS

Grandpa's Garden

by Stella Fry

Grow your own class vegetables with Grandpa's Garden. This beautifully told story follows Billy from early spring to late summer as he helps his grandpa on his vegetable patch. When harvest time arrives they can pick all the vegetables and fruit they have grown. 

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Stanley's Stick

by John Hegley

Stanley's stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley's options are endless - he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur - and his imagination takes over and the magic begins.

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Oliver's Vegetables 

by Vivian French

Oliver loves chips. In fact, he won't eat anything else - until he plays a game with his Grandpa. Whatever vegetable he finds, he must eat. On Monday, he pulls up carrots, on Tuesday, it is spinach...Explore new foods with Oliver as he realises vegetables aren't that bad after all.

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The Gigantic Turnip

by Aleksei Tolstoy 

This hilarious retelling of the classic Russian tale about a farmer whose turnip is impossible to pull from the ground uses simple vocabulary and quirky illustrations. Its cumulative theme will soon have young readers gleefully joining in.

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Tree by Patricia Hegarty 

Explore the beauty of the changing seasons in this timeless peek-through book with beautiful artwork and accompanying rhyming text. Following the life-cycle of a tree through spring, summer, autumn and winter, children will easily learn to recognise the signs of the seasons with this simple yet striking picture book.

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Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Autumn has come and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one's quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows.

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Superworm

by Julia Donaldon

Never fear, Superworm's here! He can fish Spider out of a well and 
rescue Toad from a busy road. But who will come to Superworm's 
rescue, when he's captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? Luckily, all 
of Superworm's insect friends have a cunning plan... 

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Worms (Mucky Minibeasts) 

by Susie Williams

Everybody loves beautiful bees and butterflies, but what about the creatures that live down in the dirt or eat their own poo? These minibeasts are just as deserving of attention. This beautifully illustrated title explores the wonderful world of the slimy worms.

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The King of Tiny Things

by Lucy Rowland

When two girls visit their grandparents, it seems like a great idea to camp outside. But when the dark comes it doesn't seem such a good idea after all! Until a most unexpected visitor arrives - he is the shepherd of creepy crawlies and shows the girls that, in fact, the night is bright with magic.

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Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

"Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three." But it's dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?

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The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

When the tiny seed is blown away, it travels a long way - over seas, deserts and mountains. The tiny seed survives the journey and finally falls onto fertile earth. It grows and grows, becoming the biggest flower for miles around. Then one day the wind blows and thousands of the flower's seeds begin their own journeys.

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Eddie's Garden by Sarah Garland

What makes Eddie's garden grow? Earth, rain, sun and all sorts of creatures, of course! Eddie's garden is magnificent, from his stringy bean house to his tall sunflowers. How Eddie's garden grows is told in this gentle story with lively characters and colourful illustrations.

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Jasper's Beanstalk 

by Nick Butterworth

Jasper plants a bean. He waits for it to grow into a beanstalk all week. How long will he have to wait before he can start looking for giants? A picture book classic perfect for children finding out about nature and how things grow.

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Ten Seeds 

by Ruth Brown

If you plant ten seeds, what do you get? Follow nature's wonderful cycle in this engaging counting book with a difference! 

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The Treasure Hunt 

by Nick Butterworth

Percy the Park Keeper is planning a treasure hunt. All his animal friends are to follow a trail of clues around the park and the first one to reach the end will find the treasure! The animals are so excited they can’t wait for the hunt to begin…

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Tidy by Emily Gravett

Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right? A very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy.

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The Street Beneath My Feet 

by Charlotte Guillian

This double-sided foldout book takes you on a fascinating journey deep underground. One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the reverse side shows the ground beneath the countryside. 

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Moon by Patricia Hegarty 

As the moon waxes and wanes above, the world below is full of busy night-time creatures; from turtles laying their eggs on white sandy beaches, to migrating birds using the moon to navigate their way to sunnier climes. Turn the peek-through pages to see the moon change shape as it goes through the lunar cycle.

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The Secret Sky Garden 

by Linda Sarah

Funni enjoys flying her kite in the disused car park. But something is missing. So Funni decides to grow a garden in the space. One day, a little boy spots the garden from his plane and decides to find it. And slowly, not only do Funni's flowers bloom, but a very special friendship blossoms too. 

Up and Down in the Dirt

by Kate Messner 

Up in the garden, the world is full of growing vegetables and ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging and other animals that make a garden their home. In this lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden down in the dirt.

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The Gruffalo 

by Julia Donaldson

The much loved contemporary classic! Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake... and a hungry Gruffalo!

The Wild Woods by Simon James

Grandad and Jess are walking in the woods when they see a squirrel. Jess wants to take it home with her as a pet, but Grandad says that you can't tame a squirrel. As Jess follows the creature deeper into the woods, she discovers more natural wonders and comes to understand that her grandad is right – the squirrel's proper home is the wild woods.

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The First Book of Nature

by Nicola Davies

From beach combing to stargazing, from watching squirrels to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book – part poetry, part scrapbook of recipes, facts and fragments – and a glorious reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered. 

The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis

When two sisters go fishing, they find  a bog baby. Small and blue with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to make him their secret. But the bog baby is a wild thing, and when he becomes sick, the girls decide to tell their mum. And she tells them the greatest lesson: if you really love something, you have to let it go.

The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis

When two sisters go fishing, they find  a bog baby. Small and blue with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to make him their secret. But the bog baby is a wild thing, and when he becomes sick, the girls decide to tell their mum. And she tells them the greatest lesson: if you really love something, you have to let it go.

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The Night Gardener by Terry Fan

One day, William discovers that the tree outside has been sculpted into an owl. Each day, more appear. Soon, William's grey town is full of colour and life. And, though the night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William and his town are changed forever.

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The Little Gardener 

by Emily Hughes

There was once a little gardener and his garden meant everything to him. He worked hard, very hard, but he was just too little (or at least he felt he was). A tale that teaches us just how important it is to persist and try, no matter what the odds. 

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The Book of Trees

by Piotr Socha

Why are trees so important? How many types are there? How do they benefit the environment and wildlife? This book, by the award-winning author Piotr Socha, answers these questions and more, tracking the history of trees from the time of the dinosaurs to the current day.

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It Starts With a Seed

by Laura Knowles 

Follow a seed as it transforms into a tree with its branches and roots filling the page. As the tree grows, it is joined by woodland creatures – squirrels and rabbits, butterflies and owls – who make it their home. Beautiful and evocative, a factual story with an enchanting message of life and growth.