Looking for some good books to teach children about nature? Here’s our pick of 5 nature books for kids:
#1. Nature Detectives’ Handbook
The Nature Detectives’ Handbook is part of the Nature Detectives project, designed by the Woodland Trust for under 18s.
Fifty different wildlife species are included, including trees, birds and amphibians. Each factfile has tips for identifying and data to help track the changing natural environment.
Kids are encouraged to explore and understand the world around them from their own garden to woods and nature trails.
They can also record their findings online at www.naturedetectives.org.
#2. Little Book of Trees
Small and compact, perfect for your coat pocket, the Little Book of Trees (Usborne Little Books) is a guide to the world of trees and is packed with information on the different tree varieties.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with photography as well as drawings, it is also internet-linked to make further learning even more accessible.
It would make a good present for anyone interested in trees or even just for use on a day out at the park, a nature trail or walking on a woodland trail. RRP £5.99.
“This is a family favourite, we always take it out with us on walks so we can look up different trees as we go”
#3. Collins Complete Guide to Irish Wildlife
Another great nature book, the Collins Complete Guide to Irish Wildlife has an introduction by Derek Mooney, Ireland’s best known wildlife expert. The book covers most of the mammals, birds, fish and butterflies of Ireland, as well as all the common and widespread flowers, trees and shrubs.
With over 1,000 colour photographs, this really is a comprehensive guide and each section has a symbol code for quick reference. The species are grouped according to natural relationships and similarities as well. RRP €22.99
“”The essential photographic guide to Ireland’s wildlife.”
#4. Wildflowers of Ireland
Illustrated with her own photographs, Wildflowers of Ireland: A Personal Record” by Zoë Devlin is a collection of facts, folklore and poetry dedicated to these beautiful and fragile blooms.
Zoë’s personal record of the wildflowers that adorn Ireland’s countryside is presented so those without botanical knowledge can gain a greater understanding of the subject.
As well as describing each flower and plant, Zoë gives herbal and literary references and related Irish folklore. The book describes over 400 commonly found wildflowers as well as some not so-common and even rare species. Published by Collins Press. RRP €29.99.
“This would make a lovely gift book.”
The Pocket Guide to the Common Birds of Ireland is a nice little field guide to the common birds of Ireland with good detail. It is great for identifying each species with information on their calls, songs, diets and habitats, as well as up-to-date maps.
With text by Eric Dempsey, team member of the Mooney show, the book covers 200 bird species illustrated by Michael O’Clery. RRP €12.99
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