9 best animal, activity and adventure books for children

Three children lying down in a tent smiling with books laid out in front of them.
Get smiles all round with these great book suggestions for your little Nature Detectives. (Photo: WTML)

Books are a great way to get kids excited about exploring the natural world. With Christmas not far off, we’ve put together a list of our favourites to make gift shopping a breeze.

Nature’s Day by Kay Maguire

This beautifully-illustrated first nature book will fascinate babies as well as older children. It focuses on nine locations, from the woods to the garden, and shows how they change through the seasons.

Peep inside a tree by Anna Milbourne

Toddlers and younger children will love this colourful board book. They can peer under the flaps to discover the squirrels, birds and minibeasts that call trees home, as well as learn lots of intriguing tree facts.

One Noisy Night by Tina Macnaughton & M Christina Butler

All kinds of strange noises are coming from the dark woods! Join Little Hedgehog on an adventure to discover what they are. This touch and feel book is great for toddlers as well as children aged up to 6.

The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs by Caz Buckingham

Is that a wood pigeon or a willow warbler? This interactive soundboard book brings the woods to life with the songs of 12 common birds to listen out for on your next walk. It’s perfect for children aged 3+ and is sure to turn them into enthusiastic birders.

Beatrix Potter Colouring Book

You’ll find Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and more of Beatrix Potter’s cute creatures in this gorgeous colouring book. It’s just the thing to help kids chill after all the excitement of Christmas. That’s if the grown-ups don’t get their paws on it first!

A mother and son sitting under a tree, the boy is reading from an old book.
Great stories can influence a love of nature in your little ones. (Photo: WTML)

The Wild Weather Book by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks

From watermelon rugby to building an igloo, this book is packed with ways to make the most of the outdoors in wind, rain and snow. It will inspire Nature Detectives aged 8+ to pull on their wellies and waterproofs and enjoy whatever winter throws at us.

Woodland Adventure Handbook by Adam Dove

This exciting guide contains 10 story-based ‘recipes’ with all the ingredients for a woodland adventure. It’s sure to capture the imagination of kids aged 2 to 6 and have them dying to get out there and discover the natural world.

The Wilderness War by Julia Green

Children aged 7+ will love this gripping tale of how Noah and his friends fight developers to save the wilderness where they build dens, have adventures and sleep under the stars. The back of the book contains lots of fun ideas for how you can make the most of wild spaces too.

Forest School Adventure by Dan Westall and Naomi Walmsley

This is the perfect resource to help you guide your Nature Detectives as they discover bushcraft skills, hunt for bugs and explore outdoor play. Clear instructions and advice help grown-ups make the activities suitable for kids of all ages.

Once you’re all set for some outdoor fun, you just need to find a wood to explore.

All these books are available in the Woodland Trust Shop. While you’re there, why not take a look at all our other fab nature-themed gifts, from bird feeders to diaries to craft kits?

And don’t forget Woodland Trust family membership makes a great gift for adventurous children too as they’ll receive an exciting activity pack for every season.

What's your little one's favourite book?

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