The Little Composter by Jan Gerardi. The fun rhymes in this book have been read at bedtime for all of our kids, and the flaps are worn and have been taped multiple times. It's mostly out of print but you can still get copies on Amazon, or check your local used book stores.
Another favorite of mine is the counting book Uno's Garden, with its sorrowful story of conquest and urbanization, with a new hope in harmony and regeneration. The steady, soothing rhythms of Going to Sleep on the Farm have relaxed me probably more than they have the kids, especially after a long days at work :)
Chapter books like the heart warming Charlotte's Web and then for older kids the heart wrenching Where the Red Fern Grows are classic stories that give an immersive view into farming and rural life.
The Little House on the Prairie series is a true epic story set in the pioneer period in Minnesota and South Dakota as the Ingalls family struggled to make it during the settlement of the prairie. Farmer Boy chronicles farming life on a more established farm as experienced through Laura's future husband Almonzo's eyes.
Jennifer Ward's books i love dirt! and let's go outside! are great inspiration to get kids outside. Once out there working on the activities described they can go beyond to play with their craft and further explore. That's where they can really learn and experience nature outside the box! These experiences are critical for physically and mentally healthy kids. Parents can read more about that in Richard Louv's book Last Child in the Woods.
|i love dirt! Nature's Art Box and let's go outside!|
I hope you found some ideas for books that you hadn't had and can share with your kids. It's actually not too late to grab some as gifts if you get FREE two-day shipping with an Amazon Prime account. If you don't have one you can get a membership here.
Enjoy some good reads this winter, and get outside as much as you can!