These exciting books are sure to motivate kids to get outside more! They feature thrilling adventures, animal antics and heaps of fresh-air fun. See below for the best children's books about the great outdoors, ordered by target age.
Beatrix Potter | 3+
This delightful series of books features an assortment of adorable animals and the exciting adventures they share. First published in 1902, these tales have enchanted young readers for generations, introducing youngsters to unforgettable characters like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, all illustrated in a gentle and delicate style.
Minna Lacey | 5+
From parks to ponds, fields to woodlands, children will be enthralled by this stunning picture book, which will take them to all sorts of fun-filled outdoor locations. It features birds, butterflies, wildflowers and more, providing children with perfect examples of the wonders of nature to look out for on their travels. This is a great book for young nature-spotters, whether they're taking a trip down to the park or a stroll in the city.
Explore the wild world of animals and their habitats in this amazing activity book. It features 250 stickers which kids can use to embellish exotic scenes, including an arid desert, a grassy African plain and a lush rainforest. Colour in awesome animals, including lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, tree frogs, snakes, alligators and plenty of familiar farmyard animals.
Dawn Isaac | 5+
Tired of seeing your kids stare at a screen all day? This innovative title provides plenty of great inspiration to get them excited about going outside. From 10-minute activities to days full of fun, this book covers all the seasons and includes activities like setting up a wormery, building a human sundial and creating an outdoor collage. Perfect for spending quality time with your children and for keeping them busy as the days grow longer and the weather improves, they'll be disappointed to come indoors again!
Katherine Rundell | 7+
In the snowbound woods of Russia, Feodora and her mother live in a warm and cosy house - just ten minutes away from a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder teaches tamed animals how to fend for themselves, fight, run and be wary of humans - in short, be wild again. But when the dangerous Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo must go on the run. Embark on a daring adventure, featuring love, resilience, revolution, and - of course - wolves.
Enid Blyton | 7+
Join the intrepid Famous Five - Dick, Anne, Julian, George and Timmy the dog - on all of their riveting escapades, in caves, castles, secret passageways and more! The gang must outsmart thieves, hunt for hidden treasure, and unravel all sorts of mysteries in these beloved classic tales, which feature exhilarating outdoor locations.
Kenneth Grahame | 7+
This unforgettable story stars Mole, who pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the world is a very exciting place. He comes to meet brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the pesky Mr. Toad, and they all set off on a thrilling adventure together. Charming and engaging, children will adore this delightful tale.
Bear Grylls | 9+
Bear Grylls's take on Rudyard Kipling's famous adventure, The Jungle Book, follows teenager Mak as he heads to India to live with his family. He's happiest when holed up in his room playing computer games and practising magic tricks, and finds himself out of his depth in the hustle and bustle of his new city. That's when Mak's dad suggests a trip... into the jungle. What will happen when Mak's parents are washed away, and he's left with only animal friends to help him survive?
If you're looking for mystery, adventure, secrets and friendship, you'll find it all in this beautiful classic novel. Spoiled orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at the isolated Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire - but she will discover a magical world she could never have imagined on the other side of a locked garden door. She decides to bring the neglected garden she finds there back to life, and in doing so, will change the course of her own destiny forever.
Arthur Ransome | 9+
In this unforgettable tale, the Walker children - Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on their dinghy, the Swallow, and head for Wild Cat Island. There, they camp under starry skies, swim in clear water and fish for their dinner. But their bliss is disturbed by the Blackett sisters, otherwise known as the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons must battle it out, and so begins a summer of incredible adventures.