Spring explorer booklist
Can books get your little one's outside? Here's how!
Spring is a great time to start exploring the world around you - whether that's learning more about animals, going for a picnic or simply visiting your local park. Here are some books to spark children's curiosity for the world around them.
Author: Emma Dodd
Publisher: Orchard Books
A large, bright, creepy-crawly bug safari through a little boy’s garden, with a final spread which shows how we often react to them.
Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Pam Smy
Chack the blackbird is brown but claims he will turn black and that the berries in the tree where he lives will turn orange, but Apollo the swallow doesn't believe him.
Author: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Walker Books
A welcome republication for an Anthony Browne classic from 1977. Two children from very different backgrounds (and their dogs) make friends where their parents cannot.
Author: Tony Robinson and Jessica Cobb Illustrator: Del Thorpe
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Bursting with amazing tales, fantastic facts and practical tips on how best to look after your pets, Tony Robinson's compendium of stories, statistics and advice will delight animal lovers of any age.
Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: David Roberts
This amusing guide book contains an array of information about how to spot and behave around bears. The result is a stylish, highly entertaining picture book, perfect for reading aloud.
Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Sam Usher
Publisher: Picture Squirrels
Alice and Jago are playing in granny's garden one day when they find lots of toads in the long grass. Michael Morpurgo's lovely nature tale and Sam Usher's sensitive and funny illustrations bring this story hoppingly alive.
Author: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Two Hoots
Pete the badger likes to keep everything neat and tidy, but his over-zealous cleaning begins to have a damaging impact on the forest. This entertaining picture book, with its rich illustrations, carries an important environmental message.
Author: Kristyna Litten
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
This charming tale about appreciating the wonder of nature is accompanied by gorgeous atmospheric illustrations, which bring the endearing characters to life.
Author: Marc Martin
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing
This beautiful book celebrates the world we live in: there are LOTS of people, places, landscapes and cultures to see. Marc Martin's illustrations capture the spirit of every place and culture, igniting the travelling bug for young explorers.