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5 Nature Books for Kids That Make Perfect Back-to-School Gifts

Share your love of nature with educational books about birds, gardening and wildlife that will excite kids of all ages.

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John James Audubon Painted Birds bookVia

Budding Artists

Celebrate one of the most important figures in birding with this “Little Naturalists” book. John James Audubon Painted Birds uses delightful illustrations to show his love of birds and art.

Buy It: $9 at

Psst—here's how to get kids excited about birding.

A Backyard Birding AdventureVia

Little Explorers

Join a little boy in A Backyard Birding Adventure and discover the wonders 
of your own garden. Download the 
free app to your phone or tablet and listen to the birds in the book.

Buy It: $16 at

Follow this guide to learn the best gardening tasks for kids of every age.

Bees, Bugs and Butterflies bookVia

Bug Buffs

Play trivia, cut out and wear an insect mask, peek at a bug cafe menu and learn why pollinators are important 
with Bees, Bugs & Butterflies.

Buy It: $9 at

If your little ones love nature, check out the top 10 foolproof plants for kids to grow.

Fly with me bookVia

Young Scientists

Explore the world of birds in Fly With Me. Jam-packed with interesting facts and educational pages—plus beautiful photography and illustrations, engaging stories and poems—it’s a must for eager learners.

Buy It: $17 at

These are the top-rated binoculars for every kind of birdwatcher—even kids!

I Can Grow a Flower bookVia

Growing Gardeners

Teach kids or grandkids about the joy of gardening with this interactive board book, I Can Grow a Flower. It’s full of simple projects to try at home.

Buy It: $11 at

Next, check out the best gardening gear for kids.

Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She enjoys growing vegetables in containers and raised beds and watching for birds in her backyard.