3 decades of nature stories
Browse nearly 30 year’s worth of the very best winning and shortlisted kids' nature books.
By award-winning Australian children’s author, Michael Gerard Bauer
“Nature books open up the natural world for young readers, and invite them in.” Author Michael Gerard Bauer reflects on the benefits of reading books about nature to young kids.
When I was growing up, I remember loving The Wind in the Willows—but for me, nature books really came into prominence when my own children appeared on the scene. They served to highlight the beauty and the magic of the natural world, and open our son and daughter’s young eyes to the wonders around them. Wonders they certainly discovered in national parks and local bushland—but also in their own backyard.
This was most true when it came to our trips to the beach.
"Nature books open up the natural world for young readers, and invite them in."
"Books can be a powerful tool in fostering a love of the natural environment and the myriad of creatures that inhabit it. And what you love, you naturally will want to protect."
"Nature books help inspire young readers to love, learn about, interact with, care for and protect the natural environment."