Books for Outdoor Activities: Gardening, Wildlife, Birdwatching and more... Books for Outdoor Activities: Gardening, Wildlife, Birdwatching and more...

With Summer on it's way and the promise of time to spend outdoors in the better weather, here's a fabulous selection of books that will help you and your children enjoy your garden and the great outdoors and perhaps even discover a life-long hobby in the making.

National Trust: Ned the Nature Nut's Nutty Nature Facts and Jokes
Andy Seed
Nature lovers of all ages will find lots to laugh at in this totally nutty book which contains hundreds of jokes based on the British countryside and its wildlife. To give you a flavour of what to expect: why don't... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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My Day: First Words
Marilyn Janovitz
Taking us through a toddler's day, from waking up and breakfast to dinner time and bedtime, this lively book is full of essential words illustrated in jolly and cosy scenes that the very young will instantly recognise. Books like this... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/03/2017
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Push, Pull, Empty, Full
Yasmeen Ismail
Bear, Duck and Rabbit take little artists on big adventures - outside and inside, up and down, left to right and back again! Yasmeen Ismail's simple, amusing line art helps children identify word meanings, look at things from a variety... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2017
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Inside, Outside, Upside Down
Yasmeen Ismail
An entertain-your-brain activity book that's creative, clever and fun - from every angle! Bear, Duck and Rabbit lead the reader through a topsy-turvy world of opposites and differences, inviting young artists everywhere to pick up pencils, crayons or paints and... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2017
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RSPB My First Wildlife Sticker Activity Book

With its pretty but accurate illustrations of familiar birds, bugs and animals this is a lovely way to teach children about the natural world around them. Fun, simple activities encourage them to spot and name different birds, to closely examine... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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The National Trust: Hedgehogs, Hares and Other British Animals
Nikki Dyson
Little children love sticker books and this one is genuinely lovely and full of interesting facts and information about British animals too. There are eleven different scenes to be decorated with stickers, and each one is a natural setting beautifully... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Findus Food and Fun Seasonal Crafts and Nature Activites
Eva-Lena Larsson, Kennart Danielsson
Sven Nordqvist's picture book characters Farmer Pettson and Findus, his irrespressible talking cat, lead lives firmly rooted in the natural world and this charming activity book is full of things to do and make involving plants, flowers and all that... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2014
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Ultimate Guide to Mapping
Justin Miles
Maps are wonderful things and this practical and inspiring book explains to children perhaps too used to relying on satnavs and iPhones how to use maps, and even how to make them. It's full of fascinating facts on the different... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/05/2016
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Make it Grow
Debbie Powell
This unusual interactive picture book is full of interesting lessons on the natural world for very young children. Each spread features a different natural habitat, from the back garden to the mountain top via meadows and deserts. Four lines of... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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Technicolour Treasure Hunt Learn to Count with Nature
Nan Na Hvass
A counting book, an introduction to colours, and a first word book, this is also a feast for the eye. Groups of natural objects are sorted by colour and illustrated in flamboyant style. The red pages bring together tomatoes, maple... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 03/03/2016
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Pattern-Tastic Treasure Hunt Learn Your Colours with Nature
Nan Na Hvass
The natural world is full of patterns and this eye-catching book will set children thinking about that while honing their counting and observational skills, and extending their vocabulary. Illustrations of living things, animals and plants, are grouped on bright double-page... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 03/03/2016
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The National Trust: ABC: A Walk in the Countryside
Rosalind Beardshaw
This chunky board book is both a lovely ABC and the story of an exciting Springtime walk in the country. Two little friends, a girl and a boy, set out on a day out, backpacks full and wellies on their... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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The National Trust: 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4
Tom Percival
It's four years since the National Trust challenged young children to get off their sofas and do something more exciting outside, and this handy guide/scrapbook is just the thing to encourage exactly that this summer. Most of the fifty things... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2
Mike Warren
May 2015 Book of the Month There's a wide range of things to make in this fun book, from building your own toolbox – the first project, naturally – to making a wormery and a simple spinning motor. For each one... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2015
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Nature's Day
Kay Maguire
The magic of the four seasons and their transforming effect on different outdoor spaces is stunningly brought to life in this beautiful book. Spring brings an awakening world – in the woods trees blossom, in the country fields can be... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/03/2015
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1001 Bugs to Spot Sticker Book
Emma Helbrough
A bright and busy bug-filled interactive sticker book with interesting scenes such as grassy meadow or jungle to fill with the bugs that live in that environment. With lots of fun things to spot, count and match there is hours... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2015
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My First London Sticker Book
Marion Billet
Complete with a carry handle and postcards to send, this sticker activity book is the ideal companion on a first London adventure, or for any child to enjoy the excitement of the big city through imaginative play. Packed with activities... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2015
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Gruffalo Explorers: the Gruffalo Spring Nature Trail
Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo leads young readers deep into the woods so that they can explore nature. There are so many things to spot! There are signs of spring in the grass and everything else that is green, in the new families... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Justin Miles
March 15 Non-Fiction Book of the Month There's a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/03/2015
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The National Trust: A Walk in the Countryside
Rosalind Beardshaw
There's so much more for young children to learn from this gorgeous board book than just how to count. Rosalind Beardshaw's two little friends enjoy an autumn walk, and not only do they discover all sorts of wild creatures and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 02/06/2016
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A Hebridean Alphabet
Debi Gliori
Award-winning author and illustrator Debi Gliori obviously loves the Hebrides and shows readers just what is so special about these rugged islands in this beautiful picture book. In the guise of an alphabet book she takes readers exploring in the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 23/06/2016
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My First Book About Nature
Felicity Brooks
Very attractive to look at, clearly laid out and including lots of questions for readers and suggestions for things they can do after reading, this is a very good first information book. It begins with a definition of nature and... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2016
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Little Collectors: Animal Art Make Art from Nature
Jenny Bowers
Spring is approaching, the perfect time to get kids away from screens and outdoors, and this clever activity pack will do just that. Its attractive 24 page book is full of ideas on ways to have and record adventures, whether... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/06/2016
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A Little Guide to Gardening
Jo Elworthy
A delightful and interactive and engaging take on gardening for children. Packed full of tips, activities and wonderfully simple recipes this is a beautiful gift for children - and the ideal tool for parents hoping to encourage their little ones... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Nature's Day: Out and About
Kay Maguire
Following on from the success of Nature's Day, this beautiful activity book by the same author and illustrator shows children how to interact with their surroundings. Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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RSPB Wildlife in Your Garden
Mike Dilger
Discover the amazing wildlife you can find in your own garden with this fascinating guide. Find out all about garden birds, animals, plants and creepy-crawlies. Turn the pages to discover colourful butterflies, friendly robins, shy hedgehogs and much more. You... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Wild Adventures
Brita Granstrom, Mick Manning
This outstanding nature book demonstrates to children the myriad exciting possibilities for fun and adventure in the world outside their door. It is packed full of suggestions and information on how to explore the natural world, from how to build... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Eddie's Tent And How to Go Camping
Sarah Garland
Eddie has a great adventure when his family go camping, learning how to make a fire, campsite cooking and simple survial skills such as knot-tying and map reading. Great preparation for an adventure this summer! A delightful addition to the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/05/2015
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The Usborne Outdoor Book
Jerome Martin, Emily Bone
Inspiring ideas for discovering and exploring outdoors, whether that's a city park, a beach, deep in the woods or even in a garden. Activities for all weathers include building a shelter, stargazing, marking a trail, catching crabs and listening for... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2016
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Findus Goes Fishing
Sven Nordqvist
Children of all ages should be introduced to Farmer Pettson and his talking cat, the irrepressible Findus. They've been favourites with readers in Europe for decades and it's great to see this new edition which comes with the endorsement of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/02/2016
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The Big Bird Spot
Matt Sewell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 Described as ‘the Bansky of the bird world', Matt Sewell has created a fabulous hide-and-seek guide designed to inspire children to start bird watching both on the page and outside. Jungle,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/05/2017
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Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers
Andrea Beaty
A spin-off from Andrea Beaty's and David Roberts's inspiring and ground-breaking Rosie Revere, Engineer this eye-catching activity book will get children themselves thinking and creating like real engineers. While it tells them exactly how to create contraptions such as a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2017
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Collection of Curiosities: Bugs
Vicky Egan
This handsome information/activity book is packed with bug facts, figures and features. There are lots of beautiful close up images of insects, some very familiar - dragonflies and earthworms – others less so – fireflies, the orchid moth. The illustrations... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2016
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The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do
Andy Seed
In typically lively style Andy Seed provides youngsters and their families with loads of ideas for things you can do outdoors, whether that's in the garden, at the beach, in the countryside or town. Some of the activities offer great... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: My Explorer's Journal

Inspired by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's classic Picturebook and the new TV version this is a lovely book to take outdoors whether you're on a country walk or in the local park or just the back garden. It encourages... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Fingerprint Activities: Garden
Fiona Watt
Bright and enticing, this activity book and the rainbow coloured ink pad will provide lots of fingerprint fun for all your little, budding artists. Children will delight in adding their own fingerprint art throughout the pages following the simple instructions. ... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Spiral bound | Released 01/04/2017
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Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad
Yasmeen Ismail
This is a wonderful way for young children to discover different emotions in a fun, creative way. Full of drawing based activities, Yasmeen Ismail's playful illustrations invite children to express themselves and add to the fun with their own drawings,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2017
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City Trails - London
Lonely Planet Kids
Discover London's best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff guaranteed to blow your mind, that are definitely off the tourist trail from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don't have... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2016
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Cool Nature
Amy-Jane Beer
A lot can happen in 4.6 billion years, and this compact little information book aims to bring readers up to date on the key things that have occurred since the Earth was formed by taking a close and detailed look... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/03/2016
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From exploring the great out-doors to exploring great cities let some of these books be your children's guide.

Join some experts in each of their fields and let them guide you through birds and wildlife in your garden and beyond, get your children growing their own vegetables, learn about survival and so much more.

So leave that computer or television behind and get out there and enjoy yourselves!

Click here to download an activity pack, produced by Julia Green, the author of The Wilderness War, full of exciting outdoor activities to do including building a campfire, making a pond, ID the trees around you, go tracking animals and lots more.


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