Backyard creatures like creepy crawlies, American robins, and busy honey bees are the perfect lure to entice young kids not just to get outside (and off their screens) but also to start taking a closer look at nature.
You can make backyard discovery extra enticing with storytime that brings commonly seen creatures into focus. Here’s a sampling of our birds- and bees-themed picture books, which might just spark a child’s lifelong interest in nature and science.
Noisy Bird Sing-Along (John Himmelman) joyfully explores everyday birdsong. Cheerful sounds, mournful sounds, sweet sounds, weird sounds. You’ll learn to tell who these birds are without even opening your eyes in this goofy sing-along.
In the Trees, Honey Bees (Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Cris Arbo) is the ideal introduction for preschoolers and early elementary kids to these fascinating insects that happen to be critically important to humans. Gorgeous inside-the-hive views of a wild colony of honey bees offer close-ups of the queen, the cells, even bee eggs.
Paddle Perch Climb: Bird Feet Are Neat (Laurie Ellen Angus) turns kids into bird detectives, discovering clues about where a bird lives, how it moves, and what it eats by looking at its feet. The bright and bold illustrations and simple text invite them to guess what birds will be revealed on the next page, inspiring future naturalists.
Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly! (Ann Ingalls and illustrated by Rebecca Evans) is an endearing reminder to be brave and try, try again. A little bird, a big sky, and the first time out of the nest–this playful story gives kids a inside view of the baby bird’s emotions and adventures on its way to solo flight. Children will never look at a baby bird the same again!
If You Love Honey (Martha Sullivan, illustrated by Cathy Morrison) helps kids grasp the interdependence of every part of nature–and ends in a delicious picnic. It just so happens that honey is hitched in a very real way to practically all of nature — from the dandelion to the earthworm to the jay that squawks in the old oak tree. Kids will learn the lesson: if you love honey, you had better love it all!
Each book featured here is 40% off for the month of June.