Welcome to The Nature Book Nook: Exploring Children’s Books About Nature. I hope that parents, caregivers, teachers, and other educators will find the reviews of children’s nature books posted here helpful. In each review I will provide a synopsis of the book, my thoughts about the value of the book, other relevant information (such as online interviews with the author or videos discussing the book), and links to several sites for purchasing a copy.*

The types of books I am interested in reviewing are:

1. children’s nonfiction books about nature and the natural sciences
2. children’s nonfiction books about the environment and stewardship
3. children’s fiction (board books, picture books, storybooks, early readers, etc.) that are focused on some aspect of nature, the natural sciences, or the environment
4. general outdoor books that are applicable for families (non-regional)
5. general popular nature books for adults (a parent who loves nature is more likely to have kids who love nature)
6. parenting books about connecting kids to nature
7. more general science books if they have some focus on children exploring the natural world (a book specifically about Pluto is not a good fit, but a book about encouraging youth to explore their solar system and how to do so is a good fit)

Authors and publishers: I would be delighted to hear about a new title of yours and the possibility of reviewing in on The Nature Book Nook. Contact me at thenaturebooknook@gmail.com.

While some books I receive and review will find a home in my family’s home library, I will be donating others to my children’s school libraries or local Little Free Libraries, as well as offering some through giveaways via our social media pages (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram).

The Nature Book Nook is the work of Michael D. Barton, a father of two, children and nature connection advocate, and historian. He used to blog regularly at Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas, but has retired that blog to focus on The Nature Book Nook, his Children at Nature Play Facebook page (and NaturePlaySign.com), and his Facebook group for families in the Portland, OR region, PDX Kids in Nature.

* Note: when I link to Amazon I do so as an Amazon Associate, thereby receiving a very small amount of compensation for any purchases made through affiliate links.