Books about finding nature on your doorstep for 0-5

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Children love discovering the animals and plants that live close by – whether it's a tree on a pavement, a duck in the local park or flowers in someone's garden. There is so much to spot when you're out and about!

Here's a selection of books to inspire little nature lovers.

  • Errol’s Garden

    Author: Gillian Hibbs

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Errol’s Garden

    Author: Gillian Hibbs

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Errol loves gardening, but he doesn’t have a garden. Then he comes up with a creative solution, thanks to the discovery of a disus…

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  • Number Garden

    Author: Isabel Otter Illustrator: Sophie Ledesma

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Number Garden

    Author: Isabel Otter Illustrator: Sophie Ledesma

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Nature and numeracy are seamlessly combined in this fun, colourful and informative board book for young readers. Guided by Marigol…

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  • Mad About Minibeasts!

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Mad About Minibeasts!

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    These simple, cheerful and humorous rhymes about all the familiar insects you might encounter in your garden are great fun to read…

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  • Let’s Go For A Walk

    Author: Text developed with Terri Langan based on CBeebies’ Ranger Hamza series Illustrator: Katy Kronreif

    Interest level: 5-12

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Let’s Go For A Walk

    Author: Text developed with Terri Langan based on CBeebies’ Ranger Hamza series Illustrator: Katy Kronreif

    Interest level: 5-12

    Reading age: 6+

    Wherever you live, in a town, by the sea or in the countryside, this vividly illustrated picture book by CBeebies favourite R…

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  • A Little Dose of Nature

    Author: Dr. Alison Greenwood

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • A Little Dose of Nature

    Author: Dr. Alison Greenwood

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    This book is both calming and fun, suggesting over 25 activities to do while enjoying being outside. Brilliant for young children …

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  • Maya’s Walk

    Author: Moira Butterfield Illustrator: Kim Geyer

    Interest level: 2-3

    Reading age: 2-3

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  • Maya’s Walk

    Author: Moira Butterfield Illustrator: Kim Geyer

    Interest level: 2-3

    Reading age: 2-3

    Maya loves walking. There are so many different types of walk to enjoy: walks where she and her parent listen to the sounds around…

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  • The Oak Tree

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Victoria Sandøy

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • The Oak Tree

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Victoria Sandøy

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age:

    This is the story of an oak tree, told in Julia Donaldson’s trademark rich rhyme, with beautiful illustrations showcasing the dive…

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  • Beastly Bugs

    Author: Sarah Snashall

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Beastly Bugs

    Author: Sarah Snashall

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    A fun little book about mini beasts with lots of somewhat gruesome looking photographs...

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  • Busy Grow

    Author: N/A Illustrator: Diana Bedoya

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Busy Grow

    Author: N/A Illustrator: Diana Bedoya

    Interest level: 2-3

    Reading age:

    A little girl and a little boy plant seeds in the earth and water them. Over time, the plants grow and start to produce flowers, a…

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  • Pairs! In the Garden

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Laura Scobie

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 3+

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  • Pairs! In the Garden

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Laura Scobie

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 3+

    This busy, colourful book flows with fun, rhyming text that is great for reading aloud. The detailed illustrations can be used to …

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  • A Good Place

    Author: Lucy Cousins

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 3+

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  • A Good Place

    Author: Lucy Cousins

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 3+

    Four friends including a ladybird, a bee, a beetle and a dragonfly search for a new home and finally find the perfect place in a l…

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