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Back-to-Nature Books for Independent Readers

Celebrate spring with these outdoor-themed books.



Big Bug Surpise by Julia Gran
Prunella lines up a special bug surprise for show-and-tell, but the class is more surprised by a swarm of bees that invades the classroom!

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman
Guess which creatures make the meadow their home with this appealing collection of lyrical riddles.

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
In this children's classic, a lovable pig experiences the power of friendship with help from a thoughtful spider. Learn more.

The Prince of the Pond by Donna Jo Napoli
This is the hilarious fairy tale of a prince who is turned into a frog — and tries to make the most out of his very unusual situation.

Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
The animals of Rabbit Hill worry: will the new folks moving in be able to keep up their garden? A Newbery Honor book.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
In this enchanting tale about transformation and love, a girl cultivates a hidden garden with the help of some new friends. Learn more.

Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman
This award-winning collection takes a look at pond life during every season of the year.

Three Rotten Eggs by Elaine Clayton
An Easter egg hunt goes terribly wrong when three genetically altered eggs and a bully are thrown into the mix.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
When Mole finds his spring cleaning a bore, he embarks on some worthwhile adventures with an endearing cast of characters. Learn more.


A Kid's Spring Ecojournal: With Nature Activities for Exploring the Season by Toni Albert
Use this entertaining activity book to explore nature and participate in enriching springtime projects.

Big Bug Book by Barbara Taylor
Vibrant full-color photographs create a detailed look at the world of creepy, crawly bugs.

Bird Songs by Les Beletsky
Listen to the distinct birdcalls of 250 bird species with help from special audio technology.

Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess
This collection of entertaining narratives provides young readers with a great introduction to learning about birds.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors by John Behler
Leap through this colorful and compelling tribute to over 5,000 frog species. 

Fun With Nature by Mel Boring
Filled with fun hands-on learning, this guide provides easy-to-follow activities that involve caterpillars, butterflies, toads, and salamanders.

Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy
Budding gardeners will enjoy digging into this informative and whimsical guide to growing plants.

Sketching Outdoors in Spring by Jim Arnosky
Put pencil to paper and capture the beauty of springtime with help from this inspirational drawing guide.

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