A starter list of nature-based preschool books (with Amazon links)

This is by no means a complete list but can serve as a starting point for the first book purchase(s) of your new nature-based or forest preschool. While most have a nature-related slant, there are a few that are more generally related to early childhood. This list is available in PDF format by clicking here. (If you are required by licensing to keep a list of materials this PDF can save you time in that process!)

999 Frogs Wake Up Kimura, Ken

999 Tadpoles Kimura, Ken

A Color of His Own Lionni, Leo

A Day at the Market Anderson, Sara

A Log's Life Pfeffer, Wendy

An Egg is Quiet Aston, Diana

Animals in Winter Bancroft, Henrietta

Anno's Counting Book Anno, Mitsumasa

Apple Farmer Annie Wellington, Monica

Apple Pie Tree, The Hall, Zoe

Are You A Butterfly? Allen, Judy

Are You My Mother? Eastman, P.D.

Around the Pond: Who's Been Here? George, Lindsey

Bad Case of Stripes Shannon, David

Bear Feels Scared Wilson, Karma

Bear Feels Sick Wilson, Karma

Beaver Gets Lost Chottin, Ariane

Best Nest Eastman, P.D.

Bird Calls Gallo, Frank

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones Barton, Byron

Book with No Pictures, The Novak, B.J.

Bringing the Outside In Battle, Julie

Bugs For Lunch Facklam, Margery

Caps for Sale Slobodkina, Esphyr

Chester Racoon and the Big Bad Bully Penn, Audrey

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Martin, Bill

Chrysanthemum Henkes, Kevin

Clap Your hands Cauley, Lorinda Bryan

Cock-a-Doodle-Moo Most, Bernard

Corduroy Freeman, Don

Cow that Went Oink Most, Bernard

Coyote Raid in Cactus Canyon Arnosky, Jim

Diary of a Worm Cronin, Doreen

Do You Want to be My Friend? Carle, Eric

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Willems, Mo

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late Willems, Mo

Dot, The Reynolds, Peter

Dr. Seuss's ABC Dr. Seuss

Each Living Thing Ryder, Joanne

Eight Animals on the Town Elya, Susan

Fall Leaves Fall Hall, Zoe

Feathers for Lunch Ehlert, Lois

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves Rawlinson, Julia

Foot Book, The Dr. Seuss

Forest Bright, Forest Night Ward, Jennifer

From Tadpole to Frog Pfeffer, Wendy

George Shrinks Joyce, William

Go Away, Big Green Monster Emberley, Ed

Grouchy Ladybug, The Carle, Eric

Guess How Much I Love You McBrantney, Sam

Have You Seen My Duckling? Tafuri, Nancy

House That Jack Built, The Winter, Jeanette

I Like Myself Beaumont, Karen

If You Find A Rock Christian, Peggy

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Numeroff, Laura

If You Give A Pig a Pancake Numeroff, Laura

Imagine Lester, Alison

In the Garden: Who's Been Here? George, Lindsay

In The Small Small Pond Fleming, Denise

In The Snow: Who's Been Here? George, Lindsey

In the Tall Tall Grass Fleming, Denise

In the Woods: Who’s Been Here? George, Lindsey

Itsy Bitsy Spider Trapani, Iza

Jump Frog Jump! Kalan, Robert

Kissing Hand, The Penn, Audrey

Leaf Man Ehlert, Lois

Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, The DePola, Tomie

Lion and the Mouse, The Pinkney, Jerry

Make Way for Ducklings McCloskey, Robert

May There Always Be Sunshine Gill, Jim

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten Slate, Joseph

Mitten, The Brett, Jan

Mud Ray, Mary Lyn

My Daddy is a Pretzel Baptiste, Baron

My First Book of Sign Language Holub, Joan

Night Rabbits Wellington, Monica

Night Sounds Gallo, Frank

No, David! Shannon, David

Not A Box Portis, Antoinette

Not A Stick Portis, Antoinette

Our Tree Named Steve Zweibel, Alan

Over in the Meadow Wadsworth, Olive A.

Pancakes, Pancakes! Carle, Eric

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Litwin, Eric

Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes Litwin, Eric

Pocket for Corduroy, A Freeman, Don

Press Here Tullet, Henre

Puddle, The McPhail, David

Raindrop Plop Cheyette Lewison, Wendy

Relatives Came, The Rylant, Cynthia

Salamander Room, The Mazer, Anne

Sally Gets a Job Huneck, Stephen

Sally's Great Balloon Adventure Huneck, Stephen

Scaredy Squirrel Watt, Melanie

Scoot! Falwell, Cathryn

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie Esbaum, Jill

Silly Sally Wood, Audrey

Ska-Tat! Knutsen, Kimberly

Sleepy Owl, The Pfister, Marcus

Snail's Spell Ryder, Joanne

Snowballs Ehlert, Lois

Snowy Day, The Keats, Jack Ezra

Stellaluna Cannon, Janell

Story of the Little Mole Who went in Search of Whodunit Holzworth, Werner

Swimmy Lionni, Leo

Ten Little Ladybugs Gerth, Melanie

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Taback, Simms

This Tree Counts Formento, Alison

Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, The Trivizas, Eugene

To Market, To Market Miranda, Anne

Toy Boat Seve, Randall de

Tracks, Scats and Signs Dendy, Leslie

Unbeatable Beaks Swimburne, Stephen

Under One Rock: Bugs, Slugs and Other Ughs Fredericks, Anthony D.

Water Asch, Frank

We're Going On a Bear Hunt Rosen, Michael

Wemberly Worried Henkes, Kevin

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Page, Robin

When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry Bang, Molly

When Will it be Spring? Walters, Catherine

Whose Butt? Tekiela, Stan

Woolbur Helakoski, Leslie

Zinnia's Flower Garden Wellington, Monica