Children’s Books about Naturalists

Children's Books about Naturalist (or how to inspire your budding naturalist)

My nine-year-old son is a budding naturalist. We bought him a huge glass cabinet to house his collections of insects, shells, marine animals, rocks, nests, bones, dried flowers and more. Since he loves to collect and explore nature, I decided to use this as a learning opportunity. We began studying the classification of living things. We have visited many natural history and nature museums. And we started reading about the lives of other famous naturalists.

Children's Books about Naturalist (or how to inspire your budding naturalist) - nature collections

Reading the biographies of famous naturalists has been really rewarding. My son was excited to hear about other kids that had the same interests as him. He was able to learn about how they took those interests and turned them into important careers and discoveries. The stories have motivated him to contribute more to his nature journal and to ask more questions and make more hypotheses when we are out in nature.

Children's Books about Naturalist (or how to inspire your budding naturalist) - studying animals

Below is a list of my favorite children’s books about famous naturalists, including Charles Darwin, Beatrix Potter, Thomas Jefferson and more. Although these are technically picture books or simple chapter books, I think they are appropriate for all ages. I have learned a great deal from reading these books with my kids, and I have been inspired to pursue my own amateur naturalist studies. [Note: These are affiliate links to the books.]

One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin by Kathryn Lasky

Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects by Matthew Clark Smith

Who Was Charles Darwin? by Deborah Hopkinson

Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation by Peggy Thomas

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies

The Slippers’ Keeper by Ian Wallace

Beatrix Potter by Alexandra Wallner

The Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist by Margarita Engle

Who is Jane Goodall? by Roberta Edwards

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