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Here are a selection of picture books for using with nursery and reception children that exploring the UK’s natural world and its animals.

  • Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup
  • Nature’s Day by Kay Maguire and Danielle Kroll
  • A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld
  • A Little Guide to Trees (Eden Project) by Charlotte Voake
  • The Tale of Jeremy Vole (Riverbank Stories) by Stephen Lawhead

Here are a selection of other books you might like to explore

  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Published by Puffin classics, ISBN: 978-0-141-32113-4
    A good edition with some useful additional information and follow up activities at the back
  • Wild Wood by Jan Needle. Published by Adlib scholastic, ISBN: 0-590-55356-9
    An alternative view of the story told from point of view of the weasels stoats and ferrets.
  • Paths to the River Bank. Published by Blandford, ISBN: 0-7137 2072-7
    A collection of writings by Kenneth Graham that expand, illuminate and inform some of the themes in “The Wind in the Willows”



Click on the green headings to access the links to these useful resources.

Nurturestore – This website provides lot of ideas for nature activities for Early Year and Reception classes.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – The RSPB website has some great ideas suitable for Nursery or reception children for making homes and shelters for wildlife, bug hunting and identifying animals.

Canals & Rivers trust – This charity protects over 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. Their website has details of free canal trails to explore with children in Urban Birmingham.

The Wildlife Trust – The Wildlife Trusts care for nature reserves, from remote woods and rivers to inner city nature parks, and most people live within a few miles of one of these special places.  Their website has a wealth of activities for families to engage with urban nature.



The River’s Journey from the source to the estuary. Includes the different ways humans use the river. Created as part of a Year 7 geography homework. Covers the journey of a river from source to mouth, ideal for use in schools and for children.


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