20 Fantastic Forest Books for Kids
Learning about the forest is a great homeschool unit and these forest books for kids will certainly help! The forest is such a magical, peaceful place and there’s so much to learn about, and from, the forest.
Whether the weather outside is warm or chilly, my kids and I are always up for a walk in the forest. We’ll tie up the laces on our sneakers, throw a hat on our heads (because…ticks!), and head off for a peaceful walk in the forest. While inside, we’ll take note of all the plants and animals that we may or may not see while doing our best to be quiet as not to disturb the residents of the forest.
These forest books are a great way to learn more about the forest while encouraging reading and creative thinking. The kids will love them!
I picked these forest books for kids because they’d be great for your homeschool units on forests, wildlife, and more. This mix will provide a nice blend of both valuable non-fiction information and imaginative storytelling while encouraging kids to grow into lifelong readers.
Must Read Forest Books for Kids!
I Hear You, Forest, (Sounds of Nature) By Kallie George
There’s plenty to learn from the forest if you’ll take the time to listen! This book is a great way to teach the kids about empathy for living things, connecting with the forest, taking the time to slow down and listen, and more.
Pax By Sara Pennypacker
A story about a boy and the fox he rescued from the woods.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt By Kate Messner
A cute and fun way to learn about the happenings of nature that we cannot see underground! This would be a great way to teach kids about gardening, too!
A Tree for All Seasons By Robin Bernard
We are BIG fans of National Geographic books in our home! This 16-page book offers a look into the changes a tree goes through in each season. Not only a nice way to learn about the forest, but also a great way to learn about the seasons!
This book will encourage the kids (and the entire family) to get outside! Include projects, activities, and encourages observation, memory, writing, and more.
National Geographic Readers: Wildfires By Kathy Furgang
This level 3 reader (fluent reader level) teaches about how wildfires happen, why they’re important, and when they’re dangerous.
The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest Land Biome By L.E. Carmichael
A combination of a story and non-fiction information, this beautifully illustrated book shares the story of the “life” of a forest over a year.
If you’re going to be learning about the forest, might as well learn about National Park Rangers and the roles they play in the forest!
Encourage your kids to make a difference in their world!
Can You Hear the Trees Talking? Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest By Peter Wohlleben
Including hands-on activities, facts, quizzes, and more, this book is a great way to teach the kids about how all the parts of the forest work together.
Peter and the Tree Children By Peter Wohlleben
From the same author as the book above, Peter and the Tree Children encourages kids to preserve forests and learn about the creatures that call forests “home.”
Little Sap: The Magical Story of a Little Forest Family By Jan Hughes
A sweet story about the life and feelings of a tree sap. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous!
Green Planet: Life in our Woods and Forests By Moira Butterfield
This book introduces children to the world of the forest: the creatures that live in the forest, how they all work together for survival, and more!
The Magic and Mystery of Trees By Jen Green
Discover the life of trees, how they work together with each other an the other creatures in the forest, how they communicate, and more!
Hidden World: Forest By Libby Walden
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the forest! This forest book features “lift the flaps” interaction to learn about the hidden world of the forest.
In the Woods By David Elliott
You can’t always see them, but they are there! This book shares the stories & lives about various animals living inside the forest.
The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants for Beginners By Geoffrey Richards
If you’re going to do a homeschool unit on the forest, might as well introduce the kids to all the edible plants that are to be found in the forest!
Slow Down: 50 Mindful Moments in Nature By Rachel Williams
I’m kind of cheating with this one because it’s a general “nature” book and not just the forest, but let’s go with it m’kay? Gorgeous illustrations and informational text will help encourage you and your kiddos to stop and smell the roses!
Over and Under the Snow By Kate Messner
Whether you live in an area that gets a winter or not, this book is a must for learning about all the changes that happen in the forest during the cold months.
What if There Were No Gray Wolves? A Book About the Temperate Forest Ecosystem By Suzanne Buckingham Slade
A great book for introducing (or even reinforcing) learning about the food and animal chains.
These forest books for kids are sure to bring plenty of fun and learning into your forest homeschool units! If you know of a forest book that deserves to be on this list, let me know in the comments!
Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,
Elizabeth Dukart is a proud born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.
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