Kids Nature Booklist, Diversity and the outdoors. A group of children with many different skin colors are hiking.

25 Children’s Books that Celebrate Diversity in the Outdoors

25 Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity in the Outdoors. A nature booklist for kids that features diverse characters exploring the outdoors.

Nature Books for Kids
Sunset Hike written by Dineo Dowd.

Why Children need to see books with characters from many backgrounds and cultures

“When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read or when the images they see are, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society in which they are a part of”

Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of Nature Books for Kids that Celebrate Diversity.

Nature Booklist for kids: A list of 25 books for kids that build a love for nature & diversity, and feature main characters of different backgrounds.

It must be remembered, that while showing different cultures and backgrounds in books is a good thing, above all we need to talk to children (and have conversations in our everyday lives) about racism and racist practices and teach them and show them anti-racist practices

Kid’s Nature Booklist

  1. Adventure Day- by Dineo Dowd (such a great story, and the author is a gem of a human too!)
Diverse booklist for kids
Nature booklist feature: The book Adventure Day features a Black woman hiking with a child on her back, on a trail beside a waterfall.

2. Snow Day-by Ezra Keats

3. Rain! by Linda Ashman , Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

4. Hike- by Pete Oslwald

5. Gator Gator Gator-by Daniel Bernstrom and Frann Preston-Gannon

6. Hiking Day-by by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell

7. The Hike by Alison Farrell

Nature Booklist for Kids: The Hike by Alison Farrell is a kids book that features Black children hiking & celebrates diversity in the outdoors.
Nature Booklist for Kids: The Hike by Alison Farrell

8. Water is Water -by Miranda Paul (Author), Jason Chin (Illustrator)

9. Who Likes Rain- by Wong Herbert Yee

10. Hank’s Big Day- by Evan Kuhlman and Chuck Groenink

11. All Aboard Pacific Northwest: A Recreation Primer-by Haily MeyersKevin Meyers

12. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn Kenard Pak

13. Daniel Finds A Poem- by Micha Archer

14. The Not So Great Outdoors- by Madeline Kloepper

15. Fish for Supper -by Terri Mack

16. Bowhead Whale -by Joanasie Karpik & Sho Uehara

17. Elisapee and her Baby Seagull- by Nancy Mike

18. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel

19. Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner

20. Trout are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayle

21. The Water Princess

22. Sunset Hike by Dineo Dowd.

23. Go Bikes Go-by Addie Boswell

24. You Belong Here- by MH Clark

25. Run Wild- by David Covell

Do you have any books to add to the list? Would love to hear your recommendations.

BIPOC Owned Bookstores to find your next book

Good spots to find children’s books online: (Indigenous owned bookstore) Black owned bookstore based in Toronto and online Black owned bookstore in Virginia and online

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