Build Community: Be a part of the conversation about the power of nature literature to inspire our community of readers, writers, educators, students,naturalists, and family members.

Share Activities: Share how children's nature literature connects your child, family, classroom, and community to each other and to nature through learning activities and citizen action.

Connect to the Future: Remember what you read as a child. How did emotional connections grow for you? Was your career choice and future vision for the earth grounded in any way by your early access to children's nature literature?

Featured Exhibit Books
Seed Babies (1898); Wild Animals I Have Known (1899); Among the Meadow People (1901);Old Mother West Wind (1910); Blueberries for Sal (1948); Paddle to the Sea (1946); A Tree is Nice (1956); The Sense of Wonder (1956); The Giving Tree (1964); Ranger Rick Magazine(1967); Julie of the Wolves (1972); Sharing Nature With Children (1976); Owl Moon (1987);Hatchet (1987); Flotsam (1988); Joyful Noise (1988)

Note: Click on each book title page to be a part of the conversation and share your curriculum ideas on the companion Share Curriculum Blog.

Blog Authors:

Jan Hummer has been the guest exhibit curator at the Conservation Library in Shepherdstown, WV for over a year. She has extensive background in teaching young children, young adults, and children living with special needs with an emphasis on their connection to the natural world.

Anne Post is the National Conservation Training Center’s chief librarian. She is very interested in further exploring how children's nature stories inspired some of our early conservation heroes and how such early exposure to nature literature might influence career choices.

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