Topic Books about Woodlands, Bugs and Minibeasts for Children EYFS & KS1

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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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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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Wow! It's Night Time 

by Tim Hopgood

The curious little owl is back, and this time she’s ready to discover the wonders of night-time, from the big, bright moon to the bats in the sky and the foxes deep in the forest. But where are all the other owls? When the wind blows the leaves from her tree, you'll soon see...

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Because of an Acorn 

by Lola Schaefer

Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. 

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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. 

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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 King of Tiny Things

by Lucy Rowland

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

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Twist and Hop, Minibeast Bop! by Tony Mitton

Join in with beetles and ladybirds, ants and bees and bugs galore as they dance the night away! But who is missing from the fun...will poor slow snail arrive in time? Bug-fans everywhere will enjoy this insect romp.

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Yucky Worms 

by Vivian French

Worms – fun, fascinating and wriggly worms! The humble earthworm plays a significant role in the environment, as all gardeners know: it aerates the soil, composts dead matter into rich humus in which seeds can germinate and plants can grow. Children love them too – especially for their wriggliness!

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The First Book of Nature

by Nicola Davies

From beach combing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms 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. 

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Mad About Minibeasts! 

by Giles Andreae

A colourful rhyming picture book all about minibeasts. Come into the garden for lots of creepy-crawly fun. Little ones will love joining in with all the noisy sound words and looking at the colourful pictures, as they discover all sorts of minibeasts. 

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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 Wild Woods by Simon James

Grandad and Jess are walking together 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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Minibeasts Under a Stone

by Sarah Ridley

Discover the amazing world of minibeasts and become an ace minibeast-spotter with this attractive series. Each book is packed with close-up pictures of minibeasts, tips on how to spot them and measure guides to their actual size.

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Leaf Man 

by Lois Ehlert

Autumn has come, the wind is gusting, 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.


Up in the Garden 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 world of earthworms digging and all the 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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British Trees by Victoria Munson

An easy-to-follow identification guides for children about the most common trees found in Britain today. Full descriptions of the trees, along with their size, family and habitat, will ensure you can recognise which tree is which. Stunning large colour photographs of the trees, their leaves, seeds and fruits, will help with easy identification.

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Little Evie in the Wild Wood

by Jackie Morris

Little Evie ventures into the wild woods and in a deep dark cave she finds – a huge wolf! But the wolf is not quite how she imagined. This picture book is a powerful combination of menace and beauty, with the sensual surroundings of the woods and the wild creatures who live there.

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Snail Trail

by Ruth Brown

Slimy Snail sets out on a trail.
But where exactly does he go?
Up a hill, over a bridge, down a slope . . . Things are not always as they seem in this delightful outdoor adventure

Wild by Emily Hughes

In this beautiful picture book, we meet a little girl who has known nothing but nature from birth. She is unashamedly wild. That is, until she is snared by some very strange animals that look oddly like her, but they don't talk right, eat right, or play correctly. Now she lives in the comfort of civilization. But will civilization get comfortable with her? 

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Tidy by Emily Gravett

Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy, 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 tale of overenthusiastic neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour.

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by Mary Lyn Ray

An ode to muddy hands and feet, brown earth, and new grass. Simple text and exuberant illustrations will make children and their grown-up friends want to sink their feet into gooey, gloppy, mucky, magnificent mud.

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Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

A beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical. A stick is just a stick… unless it's not a stick. From fishing rod to dragon-taming sword a small pig shows that a stick will go as far as the imagination allows.

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A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton

Uh-oh! A baby owl has fallen from his nest, and with a bump he lands on the ground. Where is his mummy? With the earnest assistance of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl sets off in search of her, and meets a sequence of other animals. Which of his new friends will lead him back to his mummy? 

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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!



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... 


What's Hidden in the Woods?

by Aina Bestard

What's hidden in the woods? At first glance, all is still and quiet in the woods. But look closely through three coloured transparent sheets to discover hidden secrets. As if by magic, each sheet shows animals and plants coming to life. 


Owl Babies

by Martin Waddell

Three baby owls wake up one night to find that their mother has gone. Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does and they bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home.