11 Books for Your Homeschool Nature Center

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11 Books for Your Homeschool Nature Center

Set aside a shelf for kids to showcase their treasures from nature walks. Add these books for easy reference, and their appreciation for God's creation will abound! Browsing these books can inspire field trips to nature preserves, zoos, and the park to see firsthand the nature you read about.

1. The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature

by Stan and Jan Berenstain

from Sonlight Science Pre-K Package

This book is an anthology of  three Berenstain Bears' titles:

  • Almanac (seasons, weather, and astronomy)
  • Nature Guide (plants, animals, and earth science)
  • Science Fair (machines, matter, and energy)

You will find the book humorous yet factual, easy to read, and easy to understand. It's filled with full-color cartoon illustrations and diagrams to inspire a love of the natural world.

2. National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry

edited by J. Patrick Lewis

from Sonlight History of Science

This is a gorgeous collection of poetry. Stunning nature-themed poetry is paired with superb National Geographic photography. Don't miss this one— a feast for the eyes, ears, and mind!

3. Mysteries and Marvels of Nature

by Liz Dalby

from Sonlight Science D

See how diverse animals eat, move, attack, defend, communicate and, generally, live their lives. This reference guide includes fascinating glimpses of the amazing, unexplained, and mysterious in the animal, plant, fish, reptile and insect realms. Your children will be mesmerized by the stunning full-color photography throughout.

4. National Parks: A Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks

by Erin McHugh

National Parks is the only child-friendly, family-oriented book that covers all of the 59 U.S. national parks, plus famous monuments and landmarks. With a lively text and hundreds of color illustrations and photographs throughout, it offers fascinating, memorable information on every aspect of the parks, such as the history, geography, natural wonders, native wildlife and birds, and unique features that make each park special. Also included are dozens of activities, such as quizzes, word and picture hunts, and car games.

5. Introduction to Biology

by John Holzmann

A thorough, fascinating and illustrated introduction to most of the plants and animals of the world: how they are classified and how they live. Discusses from a biblical perspective some of the problems with modern taxonomy (classification).

6. Listening to Crickets

by Candice F. Ransom

from Sonlight Science D

This biography tells the true story of Rachel Carson, a female award-winning author and marine biologist during the 1950s. Her love for nature and animals prompted the ecology movement.

7. How Flowers Grow

by Emma Helbrough

from Sonlight Science A

How do flowers grow in dry deserts? Which flower smells like rotting meat? Find the answers in this easy-to-read nature text for beginning readers.

8. Tadpoles and Frogs

by Anna Milbourne

from Sonlight Science A

How do tadpoles turn into frogs? What is the biggest frog in the world? Learn more about the wonderful world of frogs in this easy-to-read nature reference.

9. Water

by Trevor Day

from Sonlight Science D

Ever wondered why the sea is blue, how water drives our weather, or how water changes the earth's landscape? This eye-opening guide leads you to look at this slippery substance in a whole new way.

Outstanding photography, helpful graphs, and spectacular fold-out pages explain topics from the water cycle to the water industry.

10. Caterpillars and Butterflies

by Stephanie Turnbull

from Sonlight Science A

How do caterpillars turn into butterflies? What do they eat? Uncover more about these fascinating insects in this easy-to-read nature book for beginning readers.

11. Weather

by DK Publishing

from Sonlight Science C

Loaded with facts, dramatic photos and helpful graphics on all things weather. Learn about the formation of hurricanes and tornadoes, how we harness the weather as a power source, and more.

Find more great books in the Sonlight catalog.

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