The National Trust produces an incredible range of books for kids. There’s everything from poetry to sticker activity books. The theme is usually learning to appreciate and protect the natural world. I’ve picked out some of my favourite National Trust children’s books to share with you.
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2020 Nature Month-By-Month: A Children’s Almanac
The National Trust publish a children’s almanac every year. They always have stunning illustrations and are packed with exciting and insightful information about the coming year. As well as wildlife spotting guides and special dates for your diary you can expect sections on leap years and festivals throughout the year.
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree
I started reading this with my 18-month-old on New Year’s Day 2019 and completed it one year later. It’s been an incredible year of watching my little seed grow bigger. The illustrations are evocative of the time of year, as was each poem. Like every collection of poetry, there are some real gems alongside others that I didn’t enjoy. Still, I highly recommend reading this as a family.
How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear
This lovely book is full of practical tips for things to do to help protect the natural world. As well as general information you will find fact files on animals and thirteen habitats, gardens, hedgerows, heathlands, woodlands, highlands, wetlands, the coastline, freshwater, oceans, savannahs, jungles and mountains. The illustrations are stunning, and the text is fascinating.
It’s worth buying this book just for the beautiful illustrations (this is a theme with National Trust books). The book has simple instructions to make 13 different animals and plants from paper. It also includes sheets of origami paper to make your creations. With this book, you could all soon be making rabbits, foxes and owls.
Out and About Bird Spotter
My 5-year-old is starting to get really interested in the birds he sees on the bird feeders in the back garden. He’s still a little young for this book which is an ideal introduction to bird watching for children aged 8+, but in a couple of years, I’m sure he will love it.
Sunflower Shoots and Muddy Boots
This sweet little book is an introduction to gardening for young children. It’s full of tips for growing and landscaping that kids can follow. There are also interesting facts to learn along the way.
Nature Sticker Books
This is a series of four sticker books. Each book has facts about nature and several pages of stickers to add to the pictures. The minibeast book has everything from spiders to stick to their webs to dragonflies whizzing across a pond. The sea creatures book has rock pools, underwater caves, a harbour, and the deep sea for you to add sea animals to. The bird-themed sticker book has many bird stickers to add to different habitats, including woodland and estuary. The final book in the series is all about mammals, including rabbits, dolphins and more. The books are designed as an introduction to nature for preschoolers.
Go Wild Books
This is a series of pocket-sized handbooks for adventurous children. There is a book for the woods, the beach and the river. They include fun and games, safety tips and nature adventures. In the woodland book, you can learn how to make a campfire, in the river book you can learn how to make a raft and in the seaside book learn how to protect our coastline.
Look and Say What You See
This set of four books for toddlers introduces them to different environments. Can you find the wild animals in the countryside book, farm animals and tools in the farm book, birds and fish in the seaside book or foxes in the town book? The pictures in all four books are beautiful.
Who’s Hiding Here?
The Who’s Hiding Here? books are another attractive set of books for toddlers. These are lift and look flap books where children can discover animals hidden in the woods, at the seaside, in the river and on the farm. Again, they have gorgeous illustrations.