These are some of the nature books my children and I have read together. They helped me make this list. Links are to reviews here at Discovering Nature as well as at my other blog, Across the Page.
Barbara Bash, Ancient Ones
Wendell Berry, Whitefoot: A Story from the Center of the World
Thornton Burgess, Burgess Bird Book (and other books — sentimental, but with some good nature knowledge in a gentle package)
Robert Burleigh’s A Man Named Thoreau. In illustrated introduction to Thoreau’s experiment and ideas. Though it’s an attractive book and contains quite a few excerpts from Walden, it’s a little abstract for the target audience.
Robert Burleigh’s Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream
Lynne Cherry, various books — Flute’s Journey, The Dragon and the Unicorn
Jason Chin, Redwoods
Jacqueline Davies, The Boy Who Drew Birds
Laura Evert and others, Birds of Prey
Helen Garrett, Rufous Redtail
Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
Gail Gibbons, various books
Suzie Gilbert, Hawk Hill
Pamela Hickman, Birds of Prey Rescue
Irene Kelly, It’s a Butterfly’s Life and It’s a Hummingbird’s Life
Robert S. Lemmon, All About Birds
Gill Lewis, Wild Wings
Michael McCurdy, Walden Then and Now: An Alphabetical Tour of Henry Thoreau’s Pond. Woodcuts of various creatures and things Thoreau writes about in Walden, paired with text that explains their significance.
Nature’s Children series
Bill Peet, Farewell to Shady Glade
Wendy Pfeffer, It’s a Log’s Life
Beatrix Potter books
Robert Rood, Wetland
Lola M. Schaeffer, Arrowhawk
Steven Schnur, ed., Henry David’s House. Pairs some of Thoreau’s own words with beautiful paintings by Peter Fiore to chronicle a chapter from the life of the writer of Walden. It sticks to the specifics of the building of the cabin, and some of Thoreau’s philosophy gets conveyed in the process. It worked well as a read-aloud, and it captures the charm in the idea of stripping down to essentials and creating your own living space in nature.
Dr. Suess, The Lorax