I’ve had this book for a little while now, and just getting to posting about it. Geared toward early elementary-aged kids, Nature’s Day invites the reader to explore what can be observed in nature during each of the four seasons. This large format book is organized both by the seasons and where the observing will be done. So, one can decide to learn about nature in the backyard during the fall, or at the pond during the spring, or at the farm during the summer, or in the woods during the winter. The mix and match aspect to how the book is set up is great, as are the many soft and whimsical illustrations by Danielle Kroll throughout. I think this is a keeper on our bookshelf.
Kay Maguire, Nature’s Day: Discover the world of wonder on your doorstep (New York: Wide-Eyed Editions/Quarto, 2016), 80 pp. Illustrated by Danielle Kroll. Hardcover, $24.99.
Publisher’s description This first book of nature helps young readers to discover the world of wildlife on their doorstep. Beginning in spring, this book revisits nine different places, including the farm, the back garden and the woods, during each of the four seasons through the year and explores the changing scenery and animal life found there. Informative and fun texts teamed with gorgeous, decorative illustrations make this the perfect book to celebrate each season with.
The creators of Nature’s Day also published an activity book, Nature’s Day: Out and About, organized the same way by season and location. Representative activities include collecting various nature items, observing and noting specific things in nature, or how to make something.
NOTE: The author is in England, so some of the plants and animals are representative of English environments. But I don’t think that takes away from people elsewhere being able to enjoy the books.