6 Picture Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in April

6 Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in April

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The official start of spring may be in March, but around here it's often in April when things start to really feel "springy." On warm days the birdsong is surprisingly loud, and the trees are filled with busy birds, many of whom are beginning their nesting season. April is also a damp month for us, with frequent rainfalls helping to bring life back to the landscape. The six books I've selected this month focus on the themes of nesting and rainfall and offer a great jumping-off point for springtime exploration and investigation.

1. Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

The charming illustrations and rhyming text make this an especially engaging book for read alouds. It's also full of interesting information about the wide variety of nests that different types of birds build, and may inspire you to try out some nest building of your own. 

 

2. A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston

A great follow up to Mama Built a Little Nest, this book offers an incredibly rich overview of the amazing nests built by all sorts of creatures including reptiles, amphibians, and insects. The illustrations are truly stunning, and even adults will find much to learn from the detailed notes included as supplements on each page. 

 

3. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray

I've noticed that children are often intrigued by the wide variety of bird calls that can be heard outdoors in the spring, and this book highlights many of these calls, making for a fun and musical read. It's simple enough for very young readers, with several pages of factual information in the back for those that want to dig deeper. 

 

4. What Bluebirds Do by Pamela F. Kirby

This simple but informative book documents the nesting season of a pair of Eastern Bluebirds. The stunning up-close photographs make it one of my favorite picks for bird study with little ones. 

 

5. Waiting Out The Storm by JoAnn Early Macken

This sweet story is written as a call and response dialogue between a little girl, who is full of anxious questions about an approaching rainstorm, and her mother, who provides patient, reassuring responses. 

 

6. Water Dance by Thomas Locker

Thomas Locker's beautiful paintings accompany this exploration of how water moves through the landscape, making it a perfect accompaniment to a study of the water cycle. 

 

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