10 Picture Books that Inspire Outdoor Exploration

As we approach the summer solstice, it’s harder to maintain my strict evening routine. The sky is light long after dinner, and my four-year-old and six-year-old find bugs, birds, and bark more appealing than bath and bedtime.

Who can blame them?

Everything they see sparks their wonder: spiders’ webs, swallows’ nests, ants swarming a dead beetle, bees drinking from flower bushes, plants pushing up through sidewalk cracks, peeper frogs croaking, dragonflies perching, and wild turkeys strutting down the street. They want to dig in the dirt, climb a tree, drop maple “helicopter” seeds, blow on dandelions, and hunt for four-leaf clovers.

Daniel Tiger is right, “There’s so much to explore when you’re outside.”

Last winter, after spending too much time cooped up inside, I combed the library for picture books that would get us excited about spring and summer nature exploration. These 10 emerged as favorites.

Read the rest at PBS Kids for Parents.