Out and About in Nature

From practical 'how-to' to gloriously imaginative picture books here are some of our favourite books about the joy of gardens, gardening and the creatures that live in them.

The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton

Joe is a small boy in a grey city with a big imagination. He plants a seed, waits and.... A picture book debut by the talented Sam Boughton, The Extraordinary Gardener is about patience, optimism and changing the world around us. We loved it. Publishes 3 May, £9.99 hardback. Pre-order from Foyles 


Bird House by Libby Walden

Bug Hotel by Libby Walden 

bug hotel


These two charming board books are a delight, showing through lift-the-flap detail how bird's nests and bug habitats come in all shapes and sizes and how we can help protect them. £8.99  Little Tiger Press


A World of Birds by Vicky Woodgate 


a world of birds

Each chapter takes the reader to each of the different continents celebrating the wild and wonderful feathered creatures that live there. Would make a great present for anyone with an interest in birds from around the world. Hardback £14.99  Big Picture Press

The Wild Garden 

Beautifully delicate transfers are slotted in the side of this pretty book for you to create your own wild garden in each of the different gardens on every page. Hours of fun for when the sun isn't shining. Hardback £12.99 Usborne

RHS I Can Grow a Sunflower 

Practical 'first gardening' book capturing the magic of growing a beautiful plant from a tiny seed. 

Hardback £12.99 DK Publishing


My RSPB Nature Clipboard by Eryl Nash 

Fun clipboard style binder with activity 'spotting' sheets to encourage exploration of the great outdoors.  Hardback £9.99 Walker Books

Plantopedia by Adrienne Barman 


We are huge fans Adrienne Barman's brilliantly funny illustrations and this follow-up from Creaturepedia is really great. A wonderful present for kids with an illustrative eye as they love to copy her illustrations drawing version of flowers and trees themselves. A new favourite. Publishes 3rd May Hardback £14.99 Pre-order at Waterstones from  Wide Eyed Press

Bird, Tales from Nature by Olivia Cosneau 


Rabbit, Tales from Nature by Magali Attiogbe 



This new series of board books are very sweet and simple with a 'lift the flap' on each page to keep the attention of tinies. £6.99 Quarto Group 

Wildlife in your Garden

This is a jam-packed guide on all the amazing wildlife you can find in your own garden. Lots of info all about garden birds, animals, plants and the essential creepy-crawlies. 

£12.99 Bloomsbury


Born to Be Wild - Hattie Garlick

Born to be Wild

This fab book contains easy-to-follow instructions for activities that require nothing more sophisticated than a small person's imagination and access to a little outdoor space. Wonderful activities to keep the kids busy this Summer.

£16.99 Bloomsbury 


My First Gardening Book

my first gardening book

A great 'how-to' sow & grow book with some lovely projects to get stuck into, including making your own terrarium and creating a wild flower bucket £9.99 Cico kids