Best Gifts for Outdoor Families: Books Edition 2013


    Books are my favorite gifts for my children! I have just as much passion about reading and exploring books with my kids as I do getting them outdoors. So, I must share with you ten of our favorites in the form of this ‘gift guide.’  Not all of these are strictly “nature” or “outdoors” related books but they certainly evoke the imagination of the child…and I love them. [I have to credit a dear friend of mine who has written (but not in forever!!) an awesome blog on children’s books called Little Lamb Books, go check out her ‘essential starter libraries’ for boys and girls!]

    Alas, I present to you 10 awesome children’s books, in no particular order:

    A Hole is to Dig, by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

    This is such a charming definitions book, very unique!



    Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

    To most of us, this book speaks for itself; but if you haven’t read it, you MUST!!


    Wave, by Suzy Lee

    The pictures tell the story of a girl at the beach. This book is a lot of fun! And allows for the child to “tell” the story too.


     Kitten’s First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes

    A cute story about Kitten’s mishap with the moon, poor kitten!



    Old Bear (board book), by Kevin Henkes

    Learn the seasons with Old Bear! Love his pictures!



    Green, By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

    This is a gem full of impressive pictures-a brilliant concept book!



    The Lion & the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney

    The classic fable told through incredible pictures, and captures the moral of the story wonderfully.



    Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker

    I have this one memorized! Love the rhyming and the word choice is fantastic!



    Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse, by Leo Lionni

    My oldest’s favorite story! Mouse learns about friendship and about himself too!



    Teeth, Tentacles, and Nails (An Animal Counting Book), by Christopher Wormell

    This is a fun way to learn counting and about the animals too!



    Also, check out our recommendation of Barefoot Books here, they have a great selection of children’s books as well!  AND!! Please do share your book suggestions in the comments below, or shoot me an email, I’d love to hear from you!


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      1. Thanks for the suggestions!y
        My kids love the SkippyJon Jones books.

      2. Thanks for the awesome book suggestions! Excited to see which of these we can find at our library 🙂 We LOVE the ‘Wave’ book, it makes for a great book in church because it doesn’t have any words 🙂 A favorite book in our house lately is ‘Quiet Loud’ … a very good book for toddlers learning that certain settings are meant to be quiet while others can be loud!

      3. These are awesome! I can’t wait to read them with my kids. You really are so good about reading and having the best books for your kids. I am feeling inspired by you :).


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