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.

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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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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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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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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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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Gardening for Beginners
Abigail Wheatley, Emily Bone
Perfect for budding green-fingered kids or indeed to get kids enthused in discovering how plants grow - and where food comes from - by growing their own fruit and vegetables. This is the perfect introduction for absolutely beginners, covering all... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Spiral bound | Released 01/05/2015
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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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Let's Look in Woods & Forests
Caz Buckingham, Andrea Pinnington
Encourage your children to get outside together with this beautifully designed and illustrated nature-spotting book from Fine Feather Press. The range of 'Let's Look' titles which are all tip-top quality productions will help children aged 4+ to learn about nature... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2014
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Let's Look in Ponds & Rivers
Caz Buckingham, Andrea Pinnington
Encourage your children to get outside together with this beautifully designed and illustrated nature-spotting book from Fine Feather Press. The range of 'Let's Look' titles will help children aged 4+ to learn about nature and to realise its importance to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2014
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Let's Look for Garden Birds
Caz Buckingham, Andrea Pinnington
Parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief: there's a new way to entice children outside and give them something fun to do. Each of the first four titles in this new nature series is packed with different animal and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2013
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Let's Look for Wild Flowers
Caz Buckingham, Andrea Pinnington
Parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief: there's a new way to entice children outside and give them something fun to do. Each of the first four titles in this new nature series is packed with different animal and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2013
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The Wild Weather Book Loads of Things to Do Outdoors in Rain, Wind and Snow
Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield
A celebration of the outdoors and all the fun things you can do in it in all kinds of unpropitious weather! There's practical advice about how to build a shelter and make a fire so that you don't get too... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2013
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Eddie's Garden and How to Make Things Grow
Sarah Garland
Clearly and delightfully told, this gentle story with lively characters and colourful illustrations is also packed full of information on how to grow a garden like Eddie's for yourself. Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2006
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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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101 Things For Kids To Do Outside
Dawn Isaac
Packed with games, projects, crafts, experiments and gardening inspiration, this hands-on guide will help children get the most from being outdoors, and you don't need a big garden - a local park or small area will suffice. Sure to get... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2014
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RSPB: My First Book of Garden Bugs
Mike Unwin
A wonderful introduction to 20 garden creepy crawlies. Perfect for young children to go hunting in the garden or the park for various bugs having discovered through the book where they are most likely to be hiding. Additional fact boxes... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2009
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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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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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Bug Detective Amazing facts, myths and quirks of nature
Maggie Li
April 2014 Book of the Month Search high and low to discover interesting facts, track down odd information and dispel myths about the insect world. This interactive illustrated approach to nature guides suitable for 5 years upwards is packed full of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 11/04/2014
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RSPB: Nature Guide
Mike Unwin
Fantastic fun-filled year round ideas and activities for all the family to enjoy, like how to track foxes, making your own wormery, designing your own seashell wind-chime, growing your own salad and making a home for a hedghog. The emphasis... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2009
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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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A First Book of Nature
Nicola Davies
Winner of the IBW Children's Picture Book Award 2014 A beautiful book which brings nature to life in words and pictures. Nicola Davies interweaves fact and fiction as she brings each season into focus. She celebrates new growth and the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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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 Ultimate Survival Guide for Kids

One of our Books of the Year 2014 - June 2014 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Adventurous kids, both boys and girls, will love to read about how to face a number of extreme dangers, whether the're animal dangers... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2014
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Nature's Playground Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Your Children to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield
This book is packed to the brim with great games, crafts and adventures, encouraging children and their families, carers and teachers to get into the great outdoors. Whether you live in the city or village, whether you are a parent... Featured in: For Parents | 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2006
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London Adventure Walks for Families Tales of a City
Becky Jones, Clare Lewis
From the authors of the highly successful Adventures Walks for Families In and Around London comes London Adventure Walks, offering 25 carefully devised, imaginative explorations of London - all starting from points easily accessible by public transport - specifically designed... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2010
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Adventure Walks for Families in and Around London
Becky Jones, Clare Lewis
Every parent dreams of idyllic family days out with the kids - but every parent also knows that, when it comes to a conflict between the attractions of computer games and the pleasures of nature's playground, it often feels as... Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback | Released 12/06/2008
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Nature Adventures
Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom
Nature Adventures is a treasure trove of activities, information, observation, pictures and poetry, featuring habits from town and city, woodland and hedgerow to ponds and rivers, moorland and seaside. This unique and inspirational book will encourage families everywhere to go... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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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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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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ABC of Nature A Celebration of Nature Through the Alphabet
Andrea Pinnington, Buckingham Caz
A beautifully illustrated collection of flashcards, perfect for introducing letters to young children...E is for Egg, K is for Kestrel. Each letter is accompanied by a nature-based activity or puzzle. Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Novelty book | Released 31/01/2012
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Let's Look for Garden Wildlife
Caz Buckingham, Andrea Pinnington
Parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief: there's a new way to entice children outside and give them something fun to do. Each of the first four titles in this new nature series is packed with different animal and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2013
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The RSPB Children's Guide to Nature Watching
Mark Boyd
This practical introduction to all kinds of wildlife will give young readers a useful way in to looking more carefully at the world around them. Whether you live in the town or the country, there are opportunities to look at... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/03/2013
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From exploring the great out-doors to exploring great cities let some of these books be your children's guide.

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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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