Our Favorite Children's Books

As educators of our next generation environmentalists, we are always on the lookout for children's books to share with the children that visit us here at the Arboretum. Our literature rich programs include, Oaks and Acorns, Arboretum Afternoons, Home School Happenings, Kids Can Cook, and Let's Get Growing. Our student population ranges from PreK to 4th grade but many of the programs can cross grades. The topics we choose are, many times, guided by some of the established children's literature we have used for years and some of the many new books that we have recently discovered. As book lovers, library users, readers, and writers we would like to share a sampling of some the books we have on hand here at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Also, at this time, we would like to thank the Junior League of Summit, who generously purchased many of the titles you see here.

For preschoolers and beginning readers, Whose Nest? is a beautiful illustrated introduction to nests of all descriptions and their inhabitants. It might be a tree frog, or a gecko, a dormouse or a rabbit, a duckling or an eagle!

Young scientists will love this nature mystery, Plant Secrets, that reveals the secrets hiding in seeds, plants, flowers, and fruits throughout the life cycle of various flora. Curiosity will bloom in this introduction to botany and primary nature science.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks.

The Magic and Mystery of Trees takes children on a captivating journey of nature-packed, leafy exploration, showing them just how special these mighty organisms are. Discover how they communicate and warn each other of predators, how they nurture their networks, record the past, and anticipate the future to ensure their survival. There's so much more to trees than meets the eye.

In Feathers, young naturalists explore sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many, remarkable uses of feathers. Feathers is part science journal, part read-along nonfiction, making it a wonderful resource for nature studies and a delight for the youngest bird lovers.

Stunning illustrations from striking perspectives capture the anxious Owl Babies as they worry. Not surprisingly, joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greet the mother's return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale.

Beauty and the Beak is a nonfiction picture book about Beauty, the wild bald eagle that made world news when she was illegally shot, rescued, and received a pioneering, 3D-printed prosthetic beak.

The Busy Tree has illustrations rendered in oil paint, and a rhyming text that describes a tree's activities from its roots to its branches.
Night Animals are scared of "night animals". What could that be? This eye-catching book of mostly black and white illustrations and is a kid pleaser.

The Bug Girl is a true story about Sophia Spencer who has loved bugs ever since a butterfly landed on her shoulder--and wouldn't leave! --at a butterfly conservancy when she was only two-and-a-half years old. This author is a fourth grader.

Enjoy some of our selections for your children many of which are available at your local town or school library.