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 book from beloved children's author Beatrix Potter features an assortment of adorable animals and the exciting adventures they share. First published over a century ago, Beatrix's 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. So, if you have young children that you'd like to introduce the wildlife of the great outdoors to, reading them The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a great way to encourage their interest.
Mike Dilger | 7+
Get your kids excited about wildlife with the RSPB's fantastic guide to all your garden critters. With sections on every furry face and creepy-crawly you'd expect to spot out in the wilderness, your little outdoors explorers will be animal experts in no time.
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 | 7+
You and your kids can enjoy being in the great outdoors, whatever the weather, with Fiona Danks' excellent activity book. Featuring 72 ideas for activities to try in rain, wind and snow, your kids could be building igloos, making boats and practicing their rain dance with the instructions in this handy book.
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.
Rudyard Kipling | 9+
This children's classic is a must-read for all young fiction fans (and for adults too!). Rudyard Kipling's classic story of Mowgli, a boy living in the Indian jungle, and his animal friends, including Baloo and Bhageera, is just as entertaining as ever.
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.