Nature and animal books for kids

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!

Tim Flannery, Sam Caldwell

The first book for children from renowned author and scientist Professor Tim Flannery, exploring the world's weirdest and most fascinating animals in all their bizarre glory!

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Garden Jungle

Garden Jungle

Helene Druvert

A whimsical journey through the backyard and a child's imagination, illustrated with colorful, laser-cut pages.

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The Lost Words

The Lost Words

Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris

From Acorn to Weasel: a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spell book celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural world.

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 Read reviewCharles Darwin's On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

Sabina Radeva

The first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species; this accessible work brings evolution to the younger generation through stylish illustrations and a simple, easy-to-understand text.

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The Big Book of the Blue

The Big Book of the Blue

Yuval Zommer

Alongside everything the young oceanographer needs to know, Zommer's charming illustrations bring to life some of the slipperiest, scaliest, strangest, and most monstrous underwater animals. Third in Zommer's series that includes ...

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 Read reviewUnder the Canopy: Trees around the World

Under the Canopy: Trees around the World

Iris Volant, Cynthia Alonso

A gorgeous picture book that explores the cultural myths and history behind trees all over the world, revealing the beauty behind these giants living among us.

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Smart About Sharks

Smart About Sharks

Owen Davey

Smart About Sharks  uses fun illustrations to explain the ins and outs of the ocean's most fascinating and misunderstood creatures.  

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10 Reasons to Love... a Bear

10 Reasons to Love… a Bear

Catherine Barr, Natural History Museum, Hanako Clulow

Discover why bears are incredible and 10 reasons why you should love them. Also features five ways to show you care.

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 Read reviewFlorette

Florette

Anna Walker

When Mae's family moves to a new home in the city, she wishes she could bring her garden with her. She'll miss the apple trees, the daffodils, and chasing butterflies in the wavy grass. But there's no room for a garden in the...

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Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium

Animals of a Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium

Maja Safstroem

A whimsically illustrated collection of fascinating, surprising, and funny facts about extinct animals.Maja Säfström

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The Variety of Life

The Variety of Life

Nicola Davies, Lorna Scobie

A beautiful, vibrant and engaging celebration of diversity within the Animal Kingdom.

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A is for Australian Animals

A is for Australian Animals

Frane Lessac (Author/Illustrator)

With vibrant paintings and fascinating facts, this picture book introduces readers to 38 weird and wonderful creatures of Down Under in a vivid celebration of the fauna that makes Australia unique. Full color.

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Horses: Wild & Tame

Horses: Wild & Tame

Iris Volant, Jarom Vogel

A beautifully illustrated journey through the history of human and horse interaction, from our earliest cave paintings to today's beloved companions!

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Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals

Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals

Gabrielle Balkan, Sam Brewster

It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!

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The Animal Book

The Animal Book

Lonely Planet Kids, Ruth Martin, Dawn Cooper

Kids can discover the animal kingdom like never before in this beautiful encyclopedia, featuring over 100 incredible creatures, from the grey wolf and green anaconda, to the bald eagle and emperor penguin. Packed with facts and...

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Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist

Jess Keating, Marta Alvarez Miguens

At nine years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set...

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Things That Grow

Things That Grow

Libby Walden, Becca Stadtlander

The world around us is always growing and changing - no two days are ever the same! Use this beautifully illustrated book to slow the passage of time and discover how a seed transforms into a mighty tree, understand how mountains...

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The Book of Bees

The Book of Bees

Piotr Socha, Wojciech Grajkowski

How do bees communicate? What does a beekeeper do? Did you know that Napoleon loved bees? Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees? This book answers all these questions and many more, tracking the history of bees from the time of...

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 Read reviewNatural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature

Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature

AJ Wood, Mike Jolley, Owen Davey

See how nature is connected with this collection of 50 information charts.

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The Big Earth Book

The Big Earth Book

Lonely Planet Kids, Mark Brake, Brendan Kearney

Planet Earth. Four elements. One incredible story. We take kids on a rollercoaster ride through history, geography and science to show how four elements - earth, fire, air and water - created the world and everything that exists...

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The Ways of the Wolf

The Ways of the Wolf

Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Jonathan Woodward

The wolf stalks the wilderness and our own imaginations. Uncover its mysteries in this beautifully written non-fiction picture book.

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Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth

Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth

Nicola Davies, Emily Sutton

A stylish non-fiction picture book that conveys the magnificent diversity of life on this planet, from the award-winning team behind Tiny.

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The Amazing Animal Atlas

The Amazing Animal Atlas

Dr. Nick Crumpton, Nick Crumpton, Gaia Bordicchia

Open up this super-sized atlas and prepare to be immersed in the beauty of our natural world! From the great winding Ganges river in India to the thick conifer forests of northern Europe, travel across the globe to discover the...

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Beetle Boy

Beetle Boy

M.G. Leonard

Darkus is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and now he is living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever. A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue.

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Big Cats, Little Cats: A Visual Guide to the World's Cats

Big Cats, Little Cats: A Visual Guide to the World’s Cats

Jim Medway

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Wild: A Photicular Book

Wild: A Photicular Book

Dan Kainen, Kathy Wollard

The opening essay focuses on conservation efforts around the world and answers the question: What exactly does it mean to protect or save an endangered animal? It includes stories of interesting and unique conservation efforts,...

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The Big Book of Beasts

The Big Book of Beasts

Yuval Zommer, Barbara Taylor

A beautifully illustrated, informative book for children introducing them to a fascinating cast of beasts.

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Wild Animals of the North

Wild Animals of the North

Dieter Braun

A gorgeously illustrated study of the Northern Hemisphere's wild animals, this biologically accurate encyclopedia of beasts will enthrall them all!

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The Last Wild (Book 1)

The Last Wild (Book 1)

Piers Torday

FROM THE WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE. A thrilling animal adventure for fans of Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Katherine Rundell

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Beetle Queen

Beetle Queen

M.G. Leonard

Cruel beetle fashionista, Lucretia Cutter, is at large with her yellow ladybird spies - and she has a devious plan. Darkus, Virginia and Bertolt are determined to stop her, but Darkus's dad is dead set against their involvement....

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Dinosaurium

Dinosaurium

Chris Wormell, Lily Murray

A stunningly curated guide to dinosaurs, the Dinosaurium gallery features a comprehensive collection, from the legendary T. rex and Triceratops to lesser-known species such as Coelophysis and Tsintaosaurus. With artwork from Chris...

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On the River

On the River

Roland Harvey

Follow the mighty Murray River from the mountains to the sea on an epic journey with Roland Harvey and his pelican friend, in this glorious picture book full of humorous, intricate illustrations and fascinating information.

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The Big Book of Bugs

The Big Book of Bugs

Yuval Zommer, Barbara Taylor

Explains that bugs live nearly everywhere on Earth and give tips on how to become a young bug spotter. This book is divided into key groups of bugs, including beetles, moths, butterflies, bees, snails, crickets, grasshoppers,...

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Rockhopping

Trace Balla

Join Clancy and Uncle Egg on a rambling, rockhopping adventure in Gariwerd (the Grampians), to find the source of the Glenelg River. A story about following your flow, and the unexpected places you may go.

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The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden

Laura Weston

A monarch butterfly's life cycle comes to life in this beautiful lift-the-flap book.

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Creaturepedia

Creaturepedia

Adrienne Barman

Discover the animal kingdom's greatest talents in this encyclopedia of curious creatures.

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Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

Rohan Cleave, Coral Tulloch

The stunningly illustrated true story of the Phasmid and its remarkable journey back from extinction.

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