Eight Great Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in June

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

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

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Warm, sunny days and evenings full of fireflies have us wanting to spend every second of free time outdoors this month! June is a great time to celebrate the arrival of summer and the explosion of insect life that accompanies it, and these eight great books offer a perfect framework for doing just that. 


It’s Summer! by Linda Glaser

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


Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee

This book is a joyful celebration of all the little details that make summer such a special season, from hunting butterflies by day to spotting fireflies at night.


Insect Detective by Steve Voake

Insects may be everywhere this time of year, but that doesn't mean they're always easy to find! Many insects are masters of disguise, and others choose to live in places you might not think to look.  This book, featured in the Wonderkin Insect Box, is sure to inspire your little one to do some insect detective work of their own! 

For more on the story behind this book, check out our Q&A with author Steve Voake!


I Took a Walk by Henry Cole

Each page of this vividly illustrated book comes with die-cut fold out flaps that reveal a multitude of wildlife hidden in various environments, like a meadow or the edge of a stream. Readers of all ages will love trying to identify all the hidden creatures.


Bugs Are Insects by Anne Rockwell

This excellent informative text offers a detailed overview of the key characteristics of an insect, while comparing and contrasting them with other arthropods like crustaceans and arachnids. 


Yucky Worms by Vivian French

If you’re not already a worm lover, this charming story will change your mind! Like other books in the Read and Wonder series, this story is accompanied by snippets of interesting informational text on each page.


A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston

This book offers an incredibly rich overview of the amazing world of butterflies. The illustrations are truly stunning, and even adults will find much to learn from the detailed notes included as supplements on each page. 

And while you're at it, don't miss our Q&A with author Dianna Hutts Aston!  


Those Amazing Ants by Patricia Brennan Demuth

Everything about ants is fascinating, from their complex community structures to their incredible strength. This informative book details everyday life in an anthill and is full of interesting facts!


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