Be Outside

Want to inspire little one to be outside? Try one of these great books.

And Then Comes Summer
Words by Tom Brenner
Pictures by Jaime Kim
From flip-flops and hide and seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, there is something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the summer season.
If You Were Night
Words by Muon Van
Pictures by Kelly Pousette
A rhyming dreamlike story about creatures of the night.
Bringing the Outside In
Words by Mary McKenna Siddals
Pictures by Patrice Barton
A rhyming story that encourages children to get outside and play.
My Bison
Gaya Wisniewski
A little girl becomes friends with a bison. Each winter they meet, sit by the fire, and share stories, or just enjoy the silence.
Once Upon a Winter Day
Liza Woodruff
When his mom doesn't have time to tell Milo a story, he goes outside and creates his own.
Outside In
Words by Deborah Underwood
Pictures by Cindy Derby
Illustrations and easy-to-read text reveal ways nature affects our everyday lives, such as providing food and clothing, and showing when to go to bed and when to get up.
Picture the Sky
Barbara Reid
Use your imagination to picture different ways the sky might appear.
We All Play
Julie Flett
Based on the Cree teaching in wahkohtowin of interconnectedness and play.
The Weather Girls
Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring the Weather Girls are ready for whatever the seasons might bring!
Where's Rodney?
Words by Carmen Bogan
Pictures by Floyd Cooper
Rodney was inside, but always wanted to be outside. His class takes a field trip to the park.
Camp Tiger
Words by Susan Choi
Pictures by John Rocco
Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond, but this year a tiger comes into the woods.
Cece Loves Science and Adventure
Words by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes
Pictures by Vashti Harrison
When Cece and her Adventure Girls troop face a sudden thunderstorm, they use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve problems and make their way safely back to camp.
Fatima's Great Outdoors
Words by Ambreen Tariq
Pictures by Stevie Lewis
Excitedly joining her family for an outdoor camping trip in a Midwestern state park, Fatima Khazi helps set up a tent, build a fire, and fend off a daddy longlegs before settling down to sleep surrounded by the near-magical sounds of the forest.
Gone Camping: a Novel in Verse
Words by Tamera Will Wissinger
Pictures by Matthew Cordell
With her grandpa and brother as tentmates, Lucy wonders what creatures lurk in the dark around them.
When You're Scared
Words by Andrée Poulin
Pictures by Veronique Joffre
A hungry baby bear gets trapped in a dumpster and is helped by a local camper and his mom.
The Golden Glow
Benjamin Flouw; translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou
When Fox discovers that there is no description for the golden plant, he sets out to find out for himself.
Pete Oswald
A father and child head out on a hike, keeping a cherished family tradition alive.
Hiking Day
Words by Anne Rockwell
Pictures by Lizzy Rockwell
A little girl and her family go hiking up a nearby mountain for the very first time. As they climb up and up the path, they see everything from a friendly toad to a prickly porcupine, tall leafy trees to tiny red berries.
In the Canyon
Words by Liz Garton Scanlon
Pictures by Ashley Wolff
A child is hiking with a group into the Grand Canyon, enjoying the wonders of nature--whether a lizard, a picture on the stone, or a glimpse of the moon from the bottom.
A Beach Tail
Words by Karen Lynn Williams
Pictures by Floyd Cooper
When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail--and a trail to follow back.
If You Want to Visit a Sea Garden
Words by Kay Weisman
Pictures by Roy Henry Vickers
A non-fiction book about clam gardens.
One Summer Up North
John Owens
A wordless picture-book journey through the Boundary Waters.
Jim LaMarche
A group of friends discovers a neglected pond in the woods and decides to fix it up together.
Elisha Cooper
A woman in a canoe takes the reader on a journey down the Hudson River, from its source, a lake in the Adirondack Mountains, to the point where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at New York City.
We Are Brothers
Words by Yves Nadon
Pictures by Jean Claverie
With his big brother's support, a young boy finds the courage to jump off the big rock at the lake.
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