Baby Book Club – October

I’ve just listened to Greta Thunberg’s amazing speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. She was full of fire and passion for the environment and what we are doing to it. It made me wonder about how we can give our own children that same need to fight for our world. So this month I’ve chosen books about nature and the environment to help us all appreciate it more.

Good Summer, Hello Autumn
by Kenard Pak

Goodby Summer Hello Autumn

This is one of a series of four books, saying goodbye to one season and hello to the next. They’re a lovely way to talk about the seasons and what to look for when we’re outdoors.
Although the book has an American bias in its choice of animals, it still talks about universal changes and celebrates the seasons in a way we can all relate to.

Tree
by Britta Teckentrup

Tree

This beautifully illustrated book follows a tree through all the seasons. This one’s a peek through book, with holes onto the next pages. The illustrations are so colourful and there’s a lot to talk about, I think a toddler would really enjoy exploring it. You can explore other books about nature by Britta – look out for ‘Bee’ and ‘Moon’

The Little Gardener
by Emily Hughes

The Little Gardener

The little gardener works so hard on his garden but he is small and his garden is big, it’s too much for him to do alone. What can he do, without his garden he won’t be able to live. Luckily, the one flower he does grow inspires others to help and the garden eventually flourishes.
Telling our young children that our world is dying is potentially very scary for them (and us), so this is a great book to talk about how we all need to help look after our world.

Because of an Acorn
by Lola M. and Adam Schaefer

Because of an Acorn

A wonderful book about how one little acorn can affect a whole forest. In a world where children can feel small and insignificant, it’s great to read a story that shows how something tiny contributes to the cycle of life. Your little one will be carried through the story by the simple language and illustrations.

A Stone Sat Still
by Brendan Wenzel 

A Stone Sat Still

This is a gorgeous book – one of my favourites.
“A stone sat still
with the water, grass and dirt
and it was as it was
where it was in the world.”
But the stone means different things to different animals and as the book goes on, we see how important it is to so many creatures. This book is simple enough to read to a toddler but has enough in it to keep discussions going with school aged children. It’s a keeper!

Where’s the Elephant
by Barroux

Where's the Elephant

This is a wordless picture book which nonetheless carries a strong environmental message. Search for the Elephant (and parrot and snake) in the lush rainforest on each page, as it gets smaller as the city gets bigger.
It can be used as a starting point how lots of discussions about the destruction of the rainforest, or simply as a beautifully illustrated book.

One of the Parents

Last Chance to See
by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine

Last Chance To See

As a university student this book had a big impact on me, it made me realise how fast parts of our world were disappearing. In the late 1980’s he and zoologist Mark Carwardine set out to find species on the point of extinction. The resulting book is funny, poignant and thought-provoking. Adams writes in such an accessible way, with great wit but an underlying passion for the environment. Everyone should read this book at least once.