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Spring explorer booklist


Can books get your little ones outside? Here's how!

Spring is a great time to start exploring the world around you - whether that's learning more about animals or having a picnic in your garden. Here are some books to spark children's curiosity for the world around them.

  • I Love Bugs

    Author: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 7+

    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.

  • Follow the Swallow

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Pam Smy
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    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.

  • A Walk in the Park

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    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.

  • Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Pets

    Author: Tony Robinson and Jessica Cobb Illustrator: Del Thorpe
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 9+

    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.

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 6+

    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.

  • We Are Not Frogs!

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Sam Usher
    Publisher: Picture Squirrels
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    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.

  • Tidy

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Two Hoots
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 6+

    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.

  • Norton and Alpha

    Author: Kristyna Litten
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 6+

    This charming tale about appreciating the wonder of nature is accompanied by gorgeous atmospheric illustrations, which bring the endearing characters to life.

  • Lots

    Author: Marc Martin
    Publisher: Bonnier Publishing
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    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.