Activate imaginations and all your kids’ senses when you head outside with books. The sense of wonder that nature provides is exactly the curiosity you want your child to bring to a book. Even if you are limited to exploring your backyard or the local park, there are lots of simple ways to spend enjoyable times reading and learning together in the great outdoors.

Go on a booknic

This summer, make room in the picnic basket for books! Choose a theme around family food and reading preferences and pack accordingly. Try:

  • Honey grahams with Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood
  • Bread and jam with Bread and Jam for Frances
  • Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert with a taste of fruits and vegetables from around the world

Flashlight reading

For younger kids with earlier bedtimes, the excitement of getting to go outside at night will make a bedtime story and snack most memorable. Get your flashlight, blankets or a sleeping bag story and enjoy a story about stars under the stars. Try:

Her Seven Brothers by Paul Goble

Stars by Mary Lyn Raystars

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffershowmanystars

Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey

The Love of Two Stars by Janie Jaehyun Park

Once Upon a Starry Night by Jacqueline Mitton

How Many Stars in the Sky? by Lenny Hort

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