Nourishing Nature Kindergarten Book List

We include beautiful picture book suggestions as you work your way through the Nourishing Nature Kindergarten.

Many of these can be found at your local library or as Youtube read aloud versions. If you aren’t able to source them for free, we’ve included Amazon links below, and you are always welcome to substitute a book that has a similar theme when you can’t find the suggested book.

Alternatively, you can print our Nourishing Nature Master Book List here!


Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

National Geographic Kids: Weather by Kristin Baird Rattini

Worm Weather by Jean Taft

Feel the Wind by Arthur Dorros

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The Skies Above My Eyes by Charlotte Guillain

The Planets in Our Solar System by Dr. Franklyn M. Branley

National Geographic Kids: Planets by Elizabeth Carney

On Earth by G. Brian Karas

The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons

Moonshot by Brian Floca

Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman

What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid

Sun: One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty


Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Let’s Explore Mountains by Lonely Planet Kids, Christina Webb

The Rocky Mountains by Marion Dane Bauer

Two Bear Cubs by Robert D. San Souci

Nuptse and Lhotse Go to the Rockies by Jocey Asnong

Mountains of the World by Dieter Braun

Owls by Gail Gibbons

A Day on the Mountain by Kevin Kurtz

Where is Machu Picchu by Megan Stine

A is for Alpacas by Sue Carolane

Up and Down the Andes by Laurie Krebs

Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown

Explore My World: Snow Leopards by Jill Esbaum 

Chandra’s Magic Light by Theresa Heine

Namaste by Diana Cohn

I See the Sun in Nepal by Dedie King



Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Flowers are Calling by Rita Gray

Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner  

Hello Bugs, What Do You Do? by Loes Botman 

Flutter, Butterfly by Shelby Alinsky 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Bird Builds A Nest by Martin Jenkins

Birds by Carme Lemniscates

Little Home Bird by Jo Empson

The Fox Went Out On A Chilly Night By Peter Spier

Big Tracks, Little Tracks by Millicent E. Selsam

Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy Macdonald



Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman

How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan

From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

A Seed is Sleepy by Aston/Long

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (optional)

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole

Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn


Life in San Miguelito by David Dudenhoefer

Tree of Wonder by Kate Messner (or see Youtube read aloud)

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gohlz

Over and Under the Rainforest by Kate Messner

“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle

The Umbrella by Jan Brett

A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek

A Walk in the Deciduous Forest by Rebecca L. Johnson

Tall Tall Tree by Anthony Fredricks

What Forest Knows by George Ella Lyon and August Hall

The Magic and Mystery of Trees by Jen Green

The Forest in the Trees by Connie McLennan


Going to the Zoo by Tom Paxton

What Do You Do If You Work At The Zoo by Steve Jenkins

The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom

What’s New? The Zoo! A Zippy History of Zoos by Kathleen Krull

Sleepover at the Museum by Karen LeFrak

First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine D. Hughes

A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston

A Child’s Introduction to Natural History by Heather Alexander

Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Look & Learn: Pets by National Geographic Kids

Blue Ethel by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Check It Out!: The Book about Libraries by Gail Gibbons

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Book by David W Miles 

The Library Book by Tom Chapin


Many families pause during the month of December to do holiday themed learning. Check out our Christmas Guide and these lovely books.

We also have a summer supplement which includes The Ocean, Freshwater, and Desert units. It’s a great resource for continuing to strengthen motor skills and enjoy learning through the summer months.


Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

National Geographic Readers: At the Beach

Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes

What Lives in a Shell? (Let’s Read and Find Out Science 1) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

On Sand Island by Jacqueline Briggs Martin 

Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Grandma Summer by Harley Jessup

National Geographic Readers: Sea Otters


Desert Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Desert Night, Desert Day by Anthony D. Fredericks and Kenneth J. Spengler   

Cactus Desert by Donald W. Silver

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson and Megan Lloyd

Desert Giant by Barbara Bash

Over In The Arctic by Marianne Berkes and Jill Dubin

North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migrations by Nick Dowson

Counting On Snow by Maxwell Newhouse

Arctic Tundra by Donald W. Silver

Arctic White by Danna Smith and Lee White


Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner

National Geographic Readers: Frogs! by Elizabeth Carney

The Frogs And Toads All Sang by Arnold Lobel

Pond by Jim LaMarche

The Lost Lake by Allen Say

The Freshwater Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Follow the Water From Brook to Ocean by Arthur Dorros

Beavers by Gail Gibbons

A River by Marc Martin

Rivers of Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

River Beds: Sleeping in the World’s Rivers by Gail Langer Karwoski

A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry

Wild World by Angela McAllister (Mangrove poem)

The Sea, The Storm, And The Mangrove Tangle by Lynne Cherry

The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees To Feed Families by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore 

Swamp Chomp by Lola M. Schaefer

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