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Books to Inspire Children to Get Outside and Play!


As parents and caregivers, we all want our children to get outside and play. Sometimes it can be hard to motivate children away from screens, indoor toys and books. That's why we've put together this list to share some inspiring books that will get your children excited to get outside and explore. We'll introduce you to some great books that focus on outdoor exploration, adventure, and nature. So, come along with us as we explore the world of books that will get your children excited to get outside and play!


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Cold Weather Books!

These books inspire outdoor play on the coldest of days. Featuring incredible snowy backdrops, and inquisitive storylines. These books will inspire kids of all ages to get curious about cold weather.


By: Marie-Louise Gay

The Stella and Sam series poses both whimsical and silly questions about the natural world. Sam and Stella explore a snowy day for the first time and wonder so many different things about the snow. This book is great to read after a big dump of snow and opens the door for many awesome snowy explorations.


By: Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal

A great exploration into the natural world that lies under the snow. Pair this book with your favourite animal tracking guide and head out for a post-story-time snowy walk to explore all the creatures that live over and under the snow.


By: Jane Yolen

An exploration into the practice of owling. Another great inspiration for using the backdrop of a snowy forest to search high and low for signs of forest friends. This book features beautiful descriptive language and amazing illustrations.


Books about Urban Nature Spaces

A sneak peek into how even in the most urbanized spaces we can find wild spaces. These books feature finding or creating wild and natural moments in city scapes and are great inspirations for city-dwelling children looking to find their piece of wild.


By: Megan Wagner Loyd, Abigail Halpin

A story about seeking wild in urban spaces. Focusing on the details and small moments two children find all the wild they need right in their community. Children can find inspiration anywhere they look if they look close enough.


By: MH Clark, Madeline Kloepper

This is another great story about observing the magic in small natural details around you. A grandfather and child take a walk in the neighbourhood to see all that nature has to offer.


By: Sarah Stewart

A story about creating wild in a big city! A great inspiration for children looking to create wild spaces for themselves in urban areas.


Books to Embrace your Wildside!

Carrying all around themes of wildness. These stories encourage children to embrace their wild side and get in touch with nature and the world around them.


By: Emily Hughes

A story about seeking wild in urban spaces. Focusing on the details and small moments two children find all the wild they need right in their community. Children can find inspiration anywhere they look if they look close enough.


By: Oliver Jeffers

This story touches on general themes relating to owning nature, and the freedom of wild things. With the witty humour we love from Oliver Jeffers this book has kids laughing and thinking about if nature is something we can truly own.


We hope this blog post has inspired you to support kids in getting off the couch and outdoors to play. Books can be a great way to get them interested in the outdoors and all the amazing things that can be found there. From the creatures that inhabit the area to the plants and trees, there is something for everyone to explore. From learning to identify plants and animals to explore the natural world, there are many benefits to getting outside and playing. So get your kids excited about the outdoors and explore all the possibilities that come with it. With a little creativity and a good book, you can make outdoor adventures even more fun.




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