Nature Picture Books: Lila, Fox and Barnacle

We recently brought home a stack of books from the library and three in particular really stood out. They all had a nature focus but were very different in tone. 

Lila and the Crow

Written and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, this book was first brought to my attention by Georgia of Local Ecologist who frequently shares books her family is reading on Twitter. I was intrigued by the crow and put it on hold at our library. Lila and the Crow is perhaps one of the most beautifully illustrated children’s books I’ve ever seen. The landscapes and scenes are full of a sense of place and Lila’s emotions are easy to feel through the illustrations. 

The story is ultimately about overcoming being bullied for being different. Lila is called a crow because of her appearance and each day finds…

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365 Nature – Day 112

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Whenever I go to Seattle Goodwill I browse through the books and almost without fail I find something worthwhile. Yesterday I came upon a few children’s books, some familiar and some new and we’ve read nearly all of them together already. Among those, here are three of our favorite nature books.

Wild Fibonacci – A book from Joy H. Hulme with illustrations by…

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365 Nature – Day 101

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Local Washington author Thor Hanson released his first children’s book this week, Bartholomew Quill: A Crow’s Quest to Know Who’s Who. I’ve read two of his books for adults, Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle and his most recent, The Triumph of Seeds. I’ve also been privileged to hear him give talks on both of those books…

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365 Nature – Day 41

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


When my daughter was born I entered the world of children’s books. As a naturalist I gravitated towards books with a nature theme and I was pleasantly surprised at how many there are. Over the last four years we’ve read many, many picture books and quite a few have ended up on our shelves permanently. Recently I was looking at our library loan history…

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Nature Picture Books:: As The Crow Flies

All day long you’re on the go, you don’t have time to watch a crow…

So begins one of my favorite picture books, As the Crow Flies, by Sheila Keenan and illustrated by Kevin Duggan. Crows are one of my favorite birds, they are fascinating and beautiful to watch. We are lucky to have a couple of sizable crow roosts here in the Seattle area. We’ve been to watch them roost a couple of times and our house is right along one of their nightly roost routes. Needless to say, I was thrilled when we chanced upon this book at our local library. After renewing it the maximum number of times, I had to purchase it because we loved reading it so much.

This book perfectly captures not only the wonderful, and amazing variety of crow behavior, but our own attitudes to them as well. Crows are undoubtedly…

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Nature Picture Books:: Lizi Boyd

Over the last two and a half years I’ve read a staggering number of picture books to my daughter, a large percentage of them nature themed. In this new column feature I’m going to highlight some of our favorite authors, series and individual books.

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One of my favorite books to look at has no words at all, it’s called Inside Outside (affiliate link) by artist and author Lizi Boyd. The book alternates from scenes indoors to scenes outdoors, following a boy, his dog, cat and turtle. Each page has cutouts integrated into the scene which reveal the next page very cleverly bringing the outside, inside and back again.

Nature abounds in all the scenes and even on the inside pages you’ll see paintings of birds and drawings of plants on the walls. Outside the…

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