These books to teach children about wildlife are both educational and fun. For little explorers, GeoSafari Junior Binoculars (age 3+) are lightweight with a wraparound soft eye section, to block peripheral vision. Don’t let children study insects through a magnifying class, reflected sun rays can harm or kill).
Put Your Owl Eyes On is a lovely book by an American environmental educator. Designed to get children out into nature to observe and listen to wildlife of all kinds, youngsters will also learn to find a ‘sit spot’ to record nature and develop their own relationship with the natural world.
The book is designed for children age 8 to 13. Learn to find a space from an outdoor space in the backyard to a field or woods area, or even a city park. Then stop, observe and become familiar with the flora and fauna that live there.
- Learn the Six Arts of Tracking
- Make a habitat map
- Walk in smooth silence, like a fox
- Learn the basics of bird language
Children will take a journey of discovery as they watch, listen, map and write about the sounds, sights, scents and patterns they encounter. Includes prompts and write-in spaces for journaling, map-making activities and observational tracking. An interactive and thought-provoking guidebook.
Try an exercise: A deer’s hearing is so good, that the animal will move the ears (like a satellite dish) to determine how far away any noise is. So now listen: then cup your hands around your ears, You’ll find that immediately, you can hear much better. What sounds can you hear now, that you can’t could not before?
Exploring the Outdoors After Dark
Wild Nights Out is a unique book, that looks at what is happening outdoors, when you’re asleep. This fun book shows children (of all ages) how to call for owls, walk like a fox and expand your sensory perceptions, for thrilling nighttime nature adventures. Chris is a storyteller and outdoor educator, who brings the nocturnal natural world to life with lore about badgers, bats and minibeasts, and tales of constellations and planets, to share around the campfire. You’ll also find tips on how to conduct night walks safely, animal facts and stargazing stories, and beautiful black-and-white illustrations throughout. Nature has so much to offer at night, so let this book be your guide to the dark. Author Chris Salisbury is an outdoor education officer for Devon Wildlife Trust. With a background in theatre and a career in environmental education, combined it makes for interesting ways to explain the natural world.
- Atlas of Amazing Birds meets the bald eagle (a nest can weigh over 2 tons), the elf owl (who plays dead, when in trouble) and the Adelie penguin (which can hold his breath for 6 minutes, and leap up to 3 metres out of the water). Meet birds that migrate thousands of miles, have strange & showy mating rituals survive in extreme environments, are brilliant builders – or are super-fast, super-brave or super-big! From tiny hummingbirds & towering ostriches to stunning peacocks.
- Penguins & Other Seabirds meets the Galápagos Penguin (his speckled markings make each as unique as a snowflake), the Emperor Penguin (weighs the same as Labrador retriever) and Adélie Penguin (takes name from the sweetheart of a Napoleonic naval captain turned explorer).
These build-your-own binoculars are made from cardboard! With no glue or mess, they are ideal to build and use with young explorers. CE-tested for safety, Perfect for observing wildlife and bird-watching, they feature incredible 6x magnification with a central focus slider and eyepiece for finer adjustements, to ensure clean sharp images. Bold green with zingy pops of lime, they look super cool too. Lightweight and ergomonically designed for the whole family, the handy tripod stand rests them, when not in use. There are also nifty slots in the stand legs, to stash your lens caps, when you’re busy observing. Easy to slot together, just press out the pre-cut parts and build, ready to explore. For children age 8 plus.
What Can I See In The Wild? is a beautiful treasure-trove exploration of the sun-baked deserts, untamed rainforests, undersea worlds and the frozen polar regions. We share our delicately balanced planet with some awesome creatures and plant-life.
This beautifully illustrated book for younger readers takes an up-to-date look at these incredibly diverse and fascinating environments. It explores their different climates and habitats, along with animals that live in them. Discover:
- How long can a desert tortoise go without drinking?
- Which bird is a sneaky thief in the Arctic?
- What is the largest animal to have ever existed?
Beautifully written, the fascinating facts take you on a wonderful tour of our planet. With a hidden animal on each page, it’s a book to engage and entertain. A book for keeps!
The Nature Lover’s Bucket List is a guide to 60 of Britain’s unmissable world-class wonders of nature, and where to find them. From starling murmurations in Somerset to otters over the border in Scotland, you’ll also learn where to find glowworms (Dorset) and golden eagles (again up in the Scottish Cairngorms). And also discover natural wonders right under your nose in the garden or in the centre of town, from hearing the dawn chorus or glimpsing a charm of goldfinches.
Wildlife Anatomy is a fun illustrated guide to the curious features, anatomy and lives of wild animals around the world. Packed with hundreds of charming illustrations that detail the unique features of animals of the rainforest, desert, grasslands and oceans, the book features many creatures including:
This visual guide covers all the key features, from the anatomy of a lion’s claw, to a wild horse’s hoof. All the illustrations are accompanied by labels, intriguing facts and identifying details such as when a panther is not a panther – and what makes aardvarks so odd?!
About the Author
Julia Rothman is an illustrator and pattern designer. She lives in New York, USA.