Inspiring a love of nature in kids of any age encourages them to become empowered by the world around them and develop a want to protect it.
Here are six of our favourite things on the shelves at Biome that build excitement and curiosity about nature.
Hello Nature by Nina Chakrabarti
Oh to be a child again and cart this precious book around, taking every moment to draw and explore. Hello Nature is your very own nature book, full of interesting activities and fascinating facts that will help inspire curiosity in nature. Printed on beautiful dense and tactile paper with incredible illustrations. Your kids will learn the difference between a frog and a toad, how snowflakes are formed, how to identify a tree from its leaves, and why slugs and snails make slime! Draw, doodle, colour in, and even learn how to make a bird restaurant by repurposing an old bottle!
Migaloo The White Whale
The migration of the all-white humpback whale, Migaloo captures interest up and down the East Coast of Australia each year. We love Australian books that reflect the immediate world around our children. Migaloo by Mark Wilson tells the story the whale as he and his pod make their annual migration to Antarctica. The illustrations are beautiful, and we love how it helps kids discover the beauty, wonder and danger of a whale’s journey.
Winner of the 2016 Royal Zoological Society of NSW’s Whitley Award for best Children’s Illustrated Book.
A Colouring Guide to Creatures Great and Small
Instead of being carried away on an iThis or an iThat, encourage your kids to be carried away in a beautiful nature inspired colouring book like A Colouring Guide to Creatures Great and Small. With a metallic silver and sturdy cover, this book features animals from all corners of the globe – from exotic fish to big cats to incredible insects – with great facts on each species included on the reverse of each print. When you are done colouring in a page, you can tear the page out and frame it or hang it up.
Make a Date with Nature is a wonderful introduction to nature journaling by Brisbane artist, writer and ecologist, Paula Peeters. This little guidebook shows kids and adults of all ages how to get started with nature journaling and to keep going with such a fun and rewarding activity.
Also by Paula Peeters. Do you have a favourite natural place? Maybe a local park or beach, woodland forest or riverbed? Make a habit with your kids to visit the area regularly throughout the year and observe the change that comes with each season. The Bimblebox Nature Reserve in Central Queensland is one such favourite place for Paula Peeters, and her colouring book, Bimblebox Wonderland allows you and your kids to experience the beauty of the area with creativity.
Slow Down & Look Closely
The humble magnifying glass gives kids the chance to slow down and look closely at the world around them. As kids explore their back yard, the ability to magnify things like insects, leaves, and rocks may help to ignite a passion for nature. The BugLoube is a 5 x stand magnifying glass with a crystal clear professional grade acrylic lens which enables you to see the finest details of bugs up close. Simply place the magnifying glass over the bug or leaf, and view from the top.
Grow from Seed with The Little Veggie Patch Co
All you need is a window sill with some sun to show children the wonder of a seed transforming into a flourishing plant. Cherry tomatoes, bean and pea plants will grow quickly and can be eaten straight off the plant, teaching your kids about plants, growth, patience and healthy food in the process.