Eight Great Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in July

Eight Great Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in July | Wonderkin

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Now that the heat of summer is fully upon us, there’s no doubt that outdoor play and exploration is more enjoyable when it involves a body of water! Whether you’re splashing in a creek, diving into a lake, or wading in the ocean waves, July is a great time to learn about these unique ecosystems and the creatures who call them home. These eight great books offer the perfect framework for doing just that…


Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner

Simple text and beautiful cut-paper illustrations combine to capture the subtle seasonal changes that mark this time of year.


Turtle Splash!: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell

Young readers will enjoy the charming cut-paper collage illustrations and rhyming text in this simple countdown that highlights the myriad creatures who make the pond their home.


Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul

Combining science and poetry, this informative book offers a unique introduction to the different phases of the water cycle.


Trout are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre

Two young children join their fathers for some outdoor exploration, learning about the interconnected web of life around a stream.


What’s It Like To Be A Fish? by Wendy Pfeffer

This informational text offers young learners an explanation of all the ways in which a fish’s body is ideally designed for life in the water.


In The Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

With evocative language and colorful, eye-catching illustrations, this book is sure to be a favorite for little learners who will enjoy getting a glimpse into the life of the little creatures living in and around a pond.


Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

From the beloved author of Blueberries for Sal, this classic story takes readers on an enchanting adventure around the islands of Penobscot Bay in Maine.


Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes

This story, told through simple, rhyming text, follows a young girl as she collects and counts a variety of shells at the beach. Detailed illustrations and informative text help readers learn to identify common seashells.


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