Here you can find interviews recommending the best books on nature and the environment for kids. In recent months, under the leadership of Greta Thunberg, schoolchildren have united around the world to strike for the introduction of more drastic measures to protect the environment.
In this section you can find nature books that will fire the interest of budding young environmental activists. Illustrator Neal Layton chooses his best books on trees for young readers. Meanwhile, environmentalist Georgina Stevens chooses her best environmental books for kids. Next, we have the artist Tim Hopgood choosing books about the weather for kids and bestselling author M G Leonard choosing her best nature books for kids, including Watership Down and other classics. Publisher Rachel Hickman chooses her best novels set in wild places.
Who's Hiding in the Jungle?
by Katharine McEwen
Wild Lives: 50 Extraordinary Animals that Made History
by Ben Lerwill & Sarah Walsh (illustrator)
Look and Say What You See at the Seaside
by Sebastien Braun
South African Animals
Lindiwe Mabuza, Alan Baker (illustrator)
The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids: 500 Wild Facts!
by Ginjer Clarke
Children tend to be fascinated with animals, and wild animals particularly capture the imagination. Margaret Darawanda, an Akashinga ranger in the Lower Zambezi Valley, talks us through her pick of books for kids about animals in the wild.
Award-winning author and illustrator Neal Layton is passionate about the natural world—especially trees. Among his five recommendations are trees that provide raw materials for building, food and profit; trees that are perfect for climbing; lofty enchanted trees full of adventure; and small yet perfect Christmas trees. Each has a story to tell.
What are the best books to engage and educate young kids about the environment? Environmentalist and author Georgina Stevens has some ideas. She recommends her favourite environment books for kids, as well as a few websites that will help teach them (and their families) how to make a difference.
Children have almost universal responses to different kinds of weather: kicking fallen leaves in autumn, splashing in puddles in the rain, catching snowflakes on tongues when it snows. We talk to author and illustrator Tim Hopgood about the weather as an inspiration for children’s books.
Rachel Hickman, co-founder of Chicken House Publishing and author of One Silver Summer selects books with wild settings that have appeal to older children. She discusses how a strong use of nature adds drama and meaning to a narrative, and the way that setting can become another character in a story entirely.