Top 10 Best Children's Books About the Great Outdoors

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.

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1. The World of Peter Rabbit

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.

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2. Big Picture Book: Outdoors

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.

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3. Animal Sticker & Colouring Book

Jessica Greenwell

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.

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4. 101 Things for Kids to Do Outside

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!

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5. The Wolf Wilder

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.

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6. The Famous Five

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.

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7. The Wind in the Willows

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.

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8. Bear Grylls: Spirit of the Jungle

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?

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9. The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett | 9+

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.

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10. Swallows and Amazons

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.

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  • AOVOZ 7 years +
    Katherine Rundell
    7 years +
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    Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans. When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.
  • BPBO 5 years +
    Minna Lacey
    5 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
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    From fields and woodlands to parks, gardens, rivers and ponds, this huge picture book from Usborne will inspire your children to get outdoors and enjoy the wildlife that surrounds us.

    Featuring birds, butterflies and wild flowers, the hand-drawn artwork is quite simply stunning and will give children perfect examples of some of the wonders of nature they can look out for on their travels.

    Whether you're planning a walk by the river, a trip down the park or a ramble in the city, this is the perfect book for little nature spotters - whatever the weather.
  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books - Collection - 9781444936278 - Enid Blyton
    FFCC 7 years +
    Enid Blyton
    7 years +
    (3)
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    • Just £1.14 per book
    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: paperback
  • SOTJ 9 years +
    Bear Grylls
    9 years +
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    The animals of The Jungle Book came roaring back onto the big screen in the Disney film earlier this year and now Bear Grylls is offering his own contemporary take on Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure with Spirit of the Jungle.

    A reimagining of the famous story, this heart-stopping adventure is just as exciting as Bear Grylls' bestselling fiction and follows the teenager Mak as he heads to live in India with his family. Happiest playing computer games and practising magic tricks in his room, he's out of his depth when he arrives in this new country. For a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mak's dad suggests a trip into the jungle.

    This is when disaster strikes... the family are caught up in a monsoon along the Wainganga River and Mak's parents are washed away. Alone in the jungle and having to deal with poachers, poisonous snakes and evil monkeys, Mak must learn to survive. However, he finds help and friendship from other jungle creatures as he makes it his mission to get back to civilization.
  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
    WOPR 3 years +
    3 years +
    (21)
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    • Just £1.52 per book
    Beautifully presented in hardback and featuring the classic white jackets, this complete boxed collection of Beatrix Potter's beloved Peter Rabbit books is a must for every child - and will make the perfect Christmas or christening gift.

    Having enchanted young readers for generations, the timeless books in this charming set also include publisher's notes describing how she worked with her publisher to create the charming stories.

    Format: hardback
    Every hardback book in this collection has dimensions of 140 x 105mm
  • TFKD 5 years +
    Dawn Isaac
    5 years +
    (5)
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    Dawn Isaac's 101 Things for Kids to Do Outside builds on the success of her blog Little Green Fingers and inspires children (and grown-ups) to get away from computer and TV screens and get outdoors.

    From quick 10-minute activities to full days of fun, the ideas cover all four seasons and include building a human sundial, creating an outdoor collage and setting up a wormery.

    Outdoor fun for everyone!
  • ALHIO 5 years +
    Jessica Greenwell
    5 years +
    • £7.89
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    Explore the world of animals and their habitats in this bumper activity book. Use the 250 stickers provided to create exotic scenes including an arid desert, a grassy African plain and a lush rainforest. Then colour in animals including lions, tigers, zebra, giraffes, tree frogs, snakes, alligators and a range of more familiar farmyard varieties.
  • ALTSO 7 years +
    7 years +
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    What are you looking for? Adventure! Excitement! Fun! Friendship! Join in the delights and disasters on the riverbank with Mole and his new friends. With sensible Ratty, wise Badger, fun-loving Toad, and the dastardly stoats and weasles, there's never a dull moment! Oxford Children's Classics present not only the original and unabridged story of The Wind in the Willows in a stunning new edition, but also help you to discover a whole world of new adventures with a vast assortment of recommendations and activities.
  • AEVFK 9 years +
    Arthur Ransome
    9 years +
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    Swallows and Amazons for ever!' The Walker children - also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures. See inside: Crack the Swallow's code and learn all about the real locations that inspired the adventurous author.
  • SRH2 9 years +
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
    9 years +
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    What are you looking for?

    Friendship! Mystery! Adventure! Secrets!

    When spoiled, selfish orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at lonely Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, she discovers a magical world on the other side of a locked garden door. Mary decides to bring the abandoned garden she finds there back to life; and in doing so, changes her own forever.

    Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is a children's classic that has enchanted generations.