The 5 Best Books to Get Preschoolers Talking About the Natural World

Written by Pat O’Neill

It’s a great big world out there! What better way to get your preschooler thinking and talking about it than enjoying picture books together? From the deep blue sea to the wilds of the land, little bookworms will love exploring the nature all around us through story.

To help you grow your child’s library with lush and vibrant new books on our blue planet and those who roam it, we put together five of our favorites.

Not Quite Narwhal, by Jessie Sima

Growing up in the ocean, Kelp always thought he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. A unicorn of the sea (literally, in this case)! Unless you factor in that his tusk isn’t very long, he’s not a great swimmer, and he doesn’t enjoy eating fish. One night Kelp ventures to the surface where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him! Told with heartwarming illustrations and spare, sweet text, Jessie Sima’s debut is about fitting in, standing out, and the all-encompassing love of family.

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Mae Among the Stars, by Roda Ahmed

Stars are the stuff of dreams for curious Mae Jemison. Little Mae dreams of dancing in space surrounded by billions of stars. She wants to be an astronaut. Her intelligence, determination, and hard work pave the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space. This book will inspire other young people to reach for the stars. 

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Tall Tall Tree, by Anthony D. Fredericks

You are now entering the land of giants. Where tall, tall trees grow to amazing heights (taller than a 30-story skyscraper!) and provide homes for all sorts of interesting critters: owls, salamanders, chipmunks, bats, banana slugs, and so much more. Count your way through the trees with this interactive book featuring the tallest trees on earth and be amazed by our natural world.

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In the City: Shine-a-Light, by Carron Brown

A city is bustling with activity. In this fun interactive title from Usborne, kids can use their special flashlight to reveal the hidden pictures on each page. From visiting the train station to walking the city streets an entire world is waiting to be discovered. All you need is a little light and some imagination and you’ll be a city slicker in no time!

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Bug Hotel, by Clover Robin

This lift-the-flap book takes kids on an adventure through the amazing world of bugs living in their own backyard. All you need is a little wood, straw, and stone and you can create your own bug hotel to have an up-close look at beautiful creatures like bumblebees, butterflies, snails and beetles. The opportunities for exploration are endless. You might even decide spiders are super cool and not scary at all.

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