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Introduce Young Kids to Nature With Two Beautiful Board Books

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In this age of digital everything, it can feel almost impossible to make nature seem accessible to our little ones.  How can trees and birds seem exciting compared to smartphones, digital television, and the internet? These two beautiful board books may help. I Know Nature and Into the Forest both offer young readers a magical glimpse of the outdoors. As companion pieces or as individual reads, these two volumes provide a great introduction to nature for young readers.

Book Into the ForestInto the Forest 

Written by Laura Baker

Illustrated by Nadia Taylor

What to Expect: Nature, Animals, Lost-and-Found Narrative

Into the Forest is a simple but endearing story about a young squirrel looking for her mama. Each sturdy cut-away page reveals more and more of the forest and its creatures as the story progresses: readers will see foxes, a bear mama and bear cub, blue jays, rabbits, frogs, and deer, as squirrel moves deeper and deeper into the forest. The simple block-style illustrations are deceptively accurate, emphasizing the blue jay’s white eye patch or the differently shaped leaves on the variety of forest trees. Simple and easy to follow, Into the Forest is a tiny taste of the great outdoors.

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Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Abrams Appleseed | 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1-4197-3354-3

Book I Know NatureI Know Nature

Written by Anastasia Korovkina

Illustrated by Lidiya Larina

What to Expect: Nature, Animals, Non-fiction, Interactivity

For a more in-depth exploration of nature, young readers can turn to I know Nature, a lift-the-flap exploration of different seasons and environments. Young readers can lift the sturdy cardboard flaps to reveal extra information about everything from the chameleon’s camouflage techniques to the feeding habits of humpback whales. Although there is wealth of information, the authors have succeeded in keeping the content simple and easy for a young reader to understand and follow.

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Ages 2-6 | Publisher: Clever Publishing | 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1-948418-35-5

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Dr. Jen Harrison currently teaches writing and literature at East Stroudsburg University. She also provides freelance writing, editing, and tuition services as the founder of Read.Write.Perfect. She completed her Ph.D. in Children’s and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools. She is an editor for the peer-reviewed journal of children’s literature, Jeunesse, and publishes academic work on children’s non-fiction, YA speculative fiction, and the posthuman.

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