5 Books to Get Your 5-Year-Old Outdoors

Written by Pat O’Neill

As your kindergartener begins to explore outside their immediate surroundings through the magic of books, they begin to ask important questions about plants and animals in the natural world.

Pint-sized picture book-devourers will be entranced by these wild tales, both fiction and nonfiction, about the Great Outdoors.

Oh No, Astro!, by Matt Roeser

Asteroids! Planets! Satellites! In this charming debut picture book, a grumpy asteroid named Astro (what else?) is knocked out of orbit by a mischievous satellite and forced to go on an epic space adventure! Filled with playful illustrations and tons of cool facts about space, this picture book is a must-have for all the future astronauts who are ready to journey through the galaxy.

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Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins

Did you ever look a giant squid in the eye? Have you been face to face with a tiger? All the animals in this stunning picture book are their actual size. Caldecott Honor recipient Steve Jenkins illustrates animals both large and larger in this stunning picture book of close encounters. An awe-inspiring look at some of the world’s endangered species.

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Cloud Chaser, by Anne-Fleur Drillon

Emery has his head in the clouds with dreams of flying. His notebooks are filled with doodles of flying machines. With the long summer months ahead he can devote himself entirely to his winged invention. When a mysterious stranger shows up with all the ingredients to make the perfect flying machine, Emery’s dreams may finally come true. Learn the power of perseverance and the comedy of failure in this beautifully illustrated French tale by Anne-Fleur Drillon.

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The Storm Whale in Winter, by Benji Davies

This is the story of a boy named Noi and his aquatic best friend, a rescued whale. When Noi’s fisherman father goes missing in icy winter waters, the storm whale shows up in the nick of time to help. Celebrated illustrator Benji Davies reminds us the power of good deeds can come full circle.

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Color & Pop-Up Dinosaurs, by Elizabeth Golding & Elisa Paganelli

Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for: coloring and pop-ups together! This activity book is perfect for hands-on learners who love arts and crafts. It’s also a colorful introduction to the art of bookmaking that can be enjoyed around the campfire and at the pool. It’s time to think outside the box, and off the page. Get cracking, young book lovers. This one really pops.

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The 5 Best Science and Math Books for Babies

Written by Pat O’Neill

Indestructible, un-tearable, chewable—books for babies have to go through a lot as they are being enjoyed (or devoured, as the case may be). Just because so-called baby board books are printed on thick paper doesn’t mean the characters or stories in them should feel like they’re made of cardboard. On the contrary, books for infants and toddlers need to be bright and playful, engaging and soulful. No pressure, Mom and Dad!

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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, by Joyce Sidman & Beth Krommes

Stop and see the spirals: once you begin to look, you’ll see them everywhere. A Caldecott medalist and Newbery Honor-winning poet team up for this captivating book on one of nature’s most common shapes: the swirl! From the curve of your ear to a snail’s twisty shell, what swirls can you find?

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What Makes a Rainbow?, by Betty Ann Schwartz

In this color-filled interactive adventure, your little one will follow rainbow-hued magic ribbons along with Little Rabbit as he tries to find what makes a rainbow. Fun woodland creatures like Mr. Fox, Mr. Grasshopper, and Bluebird guide the way on a journey that teaches us to enjoy the beautiful things in life.

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First Math Slide and See Subtracting, by Sam Taplin & Hannah Watson

Llamas don’t just love the desert. They like the beach, too! Read along with young Llama Llama as he splashes in the waves and plays in the sand in this touch-and-feel board book.

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Big and Small, Room for All, by Jo Ellen Bogart


The sky is pretty big, so big it’s hard to imagine anything bigger. How about something smaller like a mountain or a tree? The otherworldly illustrations in this beautiful book will inspire children to think about their size in relation to the world around them. From the Earth to a mountain, a kitten to a mouse, explore how humanity fits in with the rest of creation. In this one-of-a-kind world of ours, there’s room for all.

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Peek Inside Nighttime, by Anna Milbourne & Simona Dimitri

In this nocturnal installment from Usborne, young readers get to lift flaps, peek through holes, and investigate for themselves what happens after night falls. Who’s asleep, and who’s just waking up? What do you know about glow worms, bats, and owls? Discover together the secrets of the night.

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Make Books a Splash This Season to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

By Pat O’Neill

Summer is a time of swimsuits and fun. And if you ask us, it’s a great time for books, too. Who says pool time can’t be reading time?

Studies show that kids who don’t tackle a book or two during the break tend to forget some of what they’ve learned in school. Parents call this phenomenon the “summer slide” or the “summer setback.” Scientists refer to it as “summer learning loss.”

Here are a few quick tips to make the “summer slide” a thing of the past.

Make reading part of the routine.

It’s important that parents schedule time for reading, just as they would for other summer activities. Even fifteen minutes a day can help a struggling reader catch up. For kids who already love books, summer is a time to reward enthusiasm with independence and choice.

Take books with you on family field trips.

Books were built for the outdoors. There’s no better time than summer to lather on the SPF, silence your cell phone and go outside for storytime. Read stories about bugs in your backyard in the company of ants and dragonflies. If you’re taking a trip to the zoo, consider bringing along a book about your child’s favorite animal. Going to the pool? It’s mermaid time!

Choose physical books over ebooks to limit screen time.

Physical books are uniquely suited for helping kids learn. This has to do, in part, with the magic of using simple motor skills like turning pages and following along with your finger. Physical books also encourage longer attention spans in children and help them remember more of what they’ve read.

Summer is a hectic time. Let Literati take away the hassle of trying to find great age-appropriate books this summer so you and your kiddos can get going on a season of fun. Adventure goes best with a great book or two.