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Best Nature-Based Picture Books of 2022

If you’ve followed my blog for any time you’ll know I absolutely love nature-based picture books! This past year was a great one for introducing new nature-based narratives with beautiful illustrations to inspire children to grow their love for the natural world and get out and explore and enjoy it as well.

Most of the books on my favorites list below are aimed at children ages 3-8 years old, though a few are aimed a little older. I’ve noted the target age range just so it’s clear.

Books are a great way to connect children and the natural world. And, when we combine beautiful literature with daily time outdoors or regular nature-based experiences, children will have a solid foundation of connection to the natural world. For more ideas on connecting children and nature, see my relevant blog posts here.

Let’s start with my Top 10 favorite picture books from the full list. This was really hard to narrow down, and I want to say that all the others on my list featured in this post are wonderful. I just wanted to provide sort of a narrowed-down favorites list for those of you who appreciate brevity.

Top 10 Favorites

The Last Rainbow Bird by Nora Brech

September 6, 2022 from Floris Books* (Ages 4-7)

Mushroom Rain by Laura K. Zimmermann

March 15, 2022 from Sleeping Bear Press (Ages 4-8)

How to Make a Mountain by Amy Huntington

May 17, 2022 from Chronicle Books* (Ages 5-8)

Berry Song by Michaela Goade

July 19, 2022 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (ages 4-8)

Be A Good Ancestor by Leona Prince

May 17, 2022 from Orca Book Publishers* (ages 3-5)

Once Upon A Forest by Pam Fong

February 8, 2022 from Random House Studio* (ages 4-8)

Bioblitz! Counting Critters by Susan Edwards Richmond

November 15, 2022 from Peachtree (ages 4-8)

Serengeti: Plains of Grass by Leslie Bulion

March 1, 2022 from Peachtree* (ages 8-12)

Be Thankful for Trees by Harriet Ziefert

March 29, 2022 from Red Comet Press* (ages 4-8)

Itzel and the Ocelot by Rachel Katstaller

June 7, 2022 from Kids Can Press* (ages 3-7)

Other 2022 Favorites

Fiona the Fruit Bat by Dan Riskin

September 13, 2022 from Greystone Kids* (ages 3-7)

Dark on Light by Dianne White

December 6, 2022 from Beach Lane Books* (ages 3-8)

The Secret Stream by Kimberly Ridley

October 18, 2022 from Tilbury House Publishers* (ages 6-8)

Maybe You Might by Imogen Foxell

October 4, 2022 from Lantana Publishing* (ages 4-6)

Logan’s Greenhouse by JaNay Brown-Wood

November 8, 2022 from Peachtree (ages 3-7)

Luminous: Living Things That Light Up the Night by Julia Kuo

November 22, 2022 from Greystone Kids* (ages 4-8)

Luna’s Green Pet by Kirsten Pendreigh

August 30, 2022 from Sleeping Bear Press* (ages 4-6)

Alexander von Humboldt by Danica Novgorodoff

February 22, 2022 from Crown Books for Young Readers (ages 3-8)

Look and Listen: Who’s in the Garden, Meadow, Brook by Dianne White

June 14, 2022 from Margaret Ferguson Books (ages 4-8)

One Million Trees by Kirsten Balouch

March 1, 2022 from Margaret Ferguson Books (ages 4-8)

Rooftop Garden by Danna Smith

May 16, 2022 from Barefoot Books* (ages 3-7)

The Poem Forest by Carrie Fountain

September 13, 2022 from Candlewick (ages 4-8)

Mum, Me, and the Mulberry Tree by Tanya Rosie

July 19, 2022 from Candlewick* (ages 3-7)

I Hear You, Ocean by Kallie George

September 27, 2022 from Greystone Kids* (ages 3-7)

Of Walden Pond by Lesa Cline-Ransome

November 15, 202 from Holiday House* (ages 6-9)

A Parliament of Owls by Devin Scillian

July 15, 2022 from Sleeping Bear Press* (ages 4-8)

We Are Better Together by Bill McKibben

April 19, 2022 from Henry Holt & Co. (ages 4-8)

Bright Winter Night by Alli Brydon

December 1, 2022 from Two Lions* (ages 3-7)

When the Sakura Bloom by Narisa Togo

February 1, 2022 from Berbay Publishing* (ages 3-7)

Miguel’s Community Garden by JaNay Brown-Wood

March 1, 2022 from Peachtree* (ages 3-7)

Only One by Deborah Hopkinson

April 5, 2022 from Anne Schwartz Books* (ages 4-8)

The Fairy Garden by Georgia Buckthorn

April 5, 2022 from Ivy Kids* (ages 4-7)

Little Pine Cone by Johanna Wagstaffe

May 17, 2022 from Orca Book Publishers* (ages 6-8)

Apple and Magnolia by Laura Gehl

February 6, 2022 from Flyaway Books* (ages 3-7)

Nature is an Artist by Jennifer Lavallee

May 17, 2022 from Greystone Kids (ages 3-8)

Behold our Magical Garden by Allan Wolf

March 8, 2022 from Candlewick* (ages 8-12)

Breaking Through the Clouds by Sandra Nickel

March 8, 2022 from Harry N. Abrams* (ages 6-9)

The Spring Rabbit by Angela McAllister

April 5, 2022 from Frances Lincoln* (ages 4-7)

It Starts with a Bee by Jennie Webber

April 5, 2022 from QEB Publishing* (ages 6-9)


*Starred books were provided by the publisher for review. Opinions are my own.

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