The Library


Here you’ll find a list of books that my children and I are either currently enjoying or those that I consider a must-have on any family bookshelf because they either: encourage imagination, independence via unstructured outdoor play, a love of nature, creativity, resilience – or all of these. We’d love you (and your child’s) input as to other books we should add to our library – so do let us know if you have some all time favourites. Please note that I don’t have any affiliation or interest in any of these titles except mine of course – Small Fry Outdoors. All the others are simply books that we have read and loved. Happy reading!

Children

Animalia: Graeme Base
Belonging: Jeannie Baker
Blinky Bill: Dorothy Wall
Captains Courageous: Rudyard Kipling
Jasmine the Butterfly Girl: Marghanita Hughes
LULU The Kangaroo: Bill Charlton
Only One Woof: James Herriot
Pippi Longstocking: Astrid Lindgren
Pookie: Ivy Wallace
Possum Magic: Mem Fox
Reading Can Be Fun: Munro Leaf
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: May Gibbs
The Dangerous Book for Boys: Gonn Iggulden
The Daring Book for Girls: Miriam Peskowitz
The Great Possum Creek Bush Fire: Yvonne Perrin and Dan Vallely
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: CS Lewis
The Lorax: Dr Seuss
The Market Square Dog: James Herriot
The Silver Brumby: Elyne Mitchell
The Wind in the Willows: Kenneth Graham
The Wishing Chair: Enid Blyton
The Magic Faraway Tree: Enid Blyton
When Charlie McButton Lost Power: Collins/Lester
Where the wild things are: Maurice Sendak

I’m thrilled that some of my #playoutdoors friends have added to this library and hope that this list just continues to grow! Tanya Andrusiak offers the following recommendations:

The Sneetches: Dr Seuss
The Very Best of Friends: Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas
Our Granny: Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas
Leaf Litter: Rachel Tonkin
Whoever You Are: Mem Fox and Leslie Staub
The Forgotten Garden: Caroline Repchuk and Ian Andrew
Backyard Insects: Paul Horne and Denis Crawford
Uno’s Garden: Graeme Base
Too Many Toys: David Shannon
George’s Secret Key to the Universe: Lucy and Stephen Hawking
The Butter Battle: Dr Seuss

And the fabulous Vicki Ehlers of Green At Birth offers these suggestions:

The Other Way to Listen: Byrd Baylor
Leaf Man: Lois Ehlert
Listen to the Rain: Bill Martin, Jr.
A Child’s Work – The importance of fantasy play: Vivian Gussin Paley

Parents/Carers

I have really enjoyed reading and then sharing the tips and inspiration contained in these titles.

Adproofing your Kids: Tania Andrusiak
Gardening with Kids: Catherin Woram & Martyn Cox
How does your garden grow? Great gardening for green-fingered kids: Clare Matthews
Keeping a Nature Journal: Leslie/Roth
Kitchen Garden Cooking with kids: Stephanie Alexander
Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder: Richard Louv
Meeting Fairies – My remarkable encounters with Nature Spirits – a true story: R. Ogilvie Crombie
No Fear – Growing up in a risk averse society: Tim Gill
Small Fry Outdoors – inspiration for being outside with kids: Caroline Webster, Susie Cameron, Katrina Crook
The Idle Parent – Why less means more when raising kids: Tom Hodgkinson
50 Dangerous things (you should let your children do): Gever Tulley
Free Range Kids – Giving our children the freedom we had without going nuts with worry: Lenore Skenazy

There’s also list of parenting resources over at Adproofing:

4 responses to “The Library

  1. Hi Grace, what a beautiful picture. So thrilled to hear The Little Humbugs are a favourite of yours. Seeing you with the Butterfly Girl books really made my day special.
    Which Australian butterfly is your favourite? We have lot’s of Swallowtail butterflies that visit our garden in the summer. Now that it’s winter here in BC,Canada, we are really missing the butterflies.
    Warmest wishes and butterfly kisses, Marghanita x

  2. Vicki

    Oh, how I would love to come borrow some books from your library. Here a few favorite children’s books from my list of “love of nature” favorites:

    The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor

    Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

    Listen to the Rain by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Happy Reading!

  3. Feeling so honoured to be on that list! Thanks so much, Caro. 🙂 There are quite a few already on your list that I’d recommend too, so I’ll just add new ones.

    The Sneetches: Dr Seuss
    The Very Best of Friends: Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas
    Our Granny: Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas
    Leaf Litter: Rachel Tonkin
    Whoever You Are: Mem Fox & Leslie Staub
    The Forgotten Garden: Caroline Repchuk & Ian Andrew
    Backyard Insects: Paul Horne & Denis Crawford
    Uno’s Garden: Graeme Base
    Too Many Toys: David Shannon
    George’s Secret Key to the Universe: Lucy & Stephen Hawking
    Anything by Roald Dahl
    & The Magic Schoolbus series.

    There’s a list of parenting resources over at Adproofing: http://adproofing.com/recommended-reading/

    x

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