Books That Will Inspire Children to Love the Outdoors

Being in the outdoors has its benefits. It helps kids stay more active and develop their appreciation for the natural beauty around them. It also allows them to be more imaginative since there are less boundaries. Would it be nice that an indoor activity such as reading books can be used to entice children to spend more time outdoors?

We have some of our favorites that covers various nature themes that will kick start your children's outdoor adventures.


We’re Going on A Bear Hunt

This is a classic book that kids can read and sing along to. Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, and squelch through the mud in search of a bear.


Beyond the Pond

This is a stunning picture book about a boy and his dog who dives into a pond, swims deeper and deeper until he emerges on the other side into a magical world. Follow his experiences as he embarks on an adventure that will change his life forever.


The Curious Garden

This is the story of a boy named Liam and his quest for a greener world, one garden at a time. While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.


My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure

Ever wonder what it feels like to be a boy spending winter on Alaska's Fox Island? This book will take you on an epic adventure of a 9-year-old boy Rocky with his father, painter Rockwell Kent. The story will have your kids transported to the Alaskan wild frontier and learn to appreciate the father and son bond.


Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

If you want your kids inspired, then this book is a good choice. This picture book biography examines the life and career of naturalist and artist Anna Comstock (1854-1930), who defied social conventions and pursued the study of science. From the time she was a young girl, Anna Comstock was fascinated by the natural world. She loved exploring outdoors, examining wildlife and learning nature's secrets.



Bee and Me

Do you know what happens when a little girl befriends a bee? It will take her on a journey of discovery revealing an action that every child can take to aid in conservation. The story is told through enchanting illustrations about the tale of friendship and offers an introduction to the ecology of the natural world. Alison Jay's original artwork brings the story gently to life, pointing out the sadness of a world without bees.



A touching story by Stephen Michael King about a little boy who grows his own seedling in his hair and loves it, cares for it, and shares many adventures with it. A beautifully drawn book that can open the eyes of kids and adults as to the need to take a step back and let the natural world become a part of our daily lives.


Miss Rumphius

A beloved and classic tale about a woman who made a promise to make the world a more beautiful place, then a seed of an idea is planted and blossoms into a beautiful plan.  Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation.