Book club

There are many ways to teach children to take care, respect and understand more about the natural world, and one simple yet powerful approach is through books.

On this page we're putting together our favourite inspirational books that offer meaningful messages about nature, environment and how we can address  climate change.

Happy reading!

P.S.  On the Suntrap You tube channel watch our Storytime videos! 


  • Zero Waste Kids

    Author Katherine Kellog

    Published by Hachette Chidren's Group 

    Age range: 9 - 11 years

    Our planet is in danger! It's time to make a difference to ensure its future by taking up the zero-waste challenge.


    Read review here
  • What a Waste

    Author Jess French

    Published by D K Childrens Publisher

    Age range: Seven - nine years 

    In this informative book on recycling for children, you will find everything you need to know about our environment. The good, the bad, and the incredibly innovative.

    Read more on What a Waste
  • We are Water Protectors

    Author Carole Lindstrom Illustrator Michaela Goade

    Published by Roaring Book Press

    Age range: Three - six years old

    Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.

    Read more on We are Water Protectors
  • Tillie the Terrible Swede

    Author Sue Stauffacher Illustrator Sarah McMenemy

    Published by Random House

    Age range: Five – eight years old

    Sue Stauffacher's lively text and Sarah McMenemy's charming illustrations tells the story of one woman who wouldn't let society's expectations stop her from achieving her dream.

    Read more on Tillie the Terrible Swede
  • Planet Power

    Author Stacy Clark Illustrator Annalisa Beghelli

    Published by Barefoot Books

    Age range: Four - eight years old 

     Accessible verse and lush illustrations introduce children to important information about how we can harness the planet's natural resources including wind, water and sun.

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  • The Garbage King

    Author Elizabeth Laird

    Published by Macmillan Children's Books

    Age range: Nine - eleven years old 

    A gritty, deeply moving story that shows how the human spirit can triumph in the harshest of worlds.

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  • Don't Waste Your Food

    Written by Deborah Chancellor Illustrated by Diane Ewen

    Published by Wayland Publishers

    Age range: Five to seven years old

    In this environment education story Amara finds out what happens to waste food, what can go in a compost bin and how to reduce the amount of food we throw away.

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  • Wangari Maathai: The woman who planted a million trees

    Author Franck Prevot and illustrated by Aurelia Fronty

    Published by Charlesbridge 

    Age range: Seven to ten years old 

    Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a non-violent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its deforestation. 

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  • The Promise

    By Nicola Davies and illustrated by Laura Carlin

    Published by Walker Books 

    Age range: Five years upwards

    'Inspired by the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being'.  

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  • Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt

    Written by Jennifer Bell and illustrated by Alice Lickens

    Published by Walker Books 

    Age range six to eight years old 

    'Fun-packed young fiction with wildlife conservation themes'.

    Read more about Agents of the Wild
  • Old Enough to Save the Planet

    Authors Anna Taylor, Loll Kirby Illustrator Aledina Lirius

    Published by Magic Cat Publishers

    Age range Six to eleven years old

    Twelve incredible young people around the world mobilise their communities to fight climate change.

    Read more about Old Enough to save the planet
  • 10 ways I Can Save My World

    Written and illustrated by Melanie Walsh

    Published by Candlewick 

    For age range: Three - seven years old

    Discover how to reduce, reuse, and recycle and conserve energy through vibrant illustrations and simple ideas.

    Read more about 10 ways
  • Owl Babies

    Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson

    Published by Walker Books Board Book

    Age range: Three to five year olds

    Touchingly beautiful ... Drawn with exquisite delicacy ... The perfect picture book. ― The Guardian

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  • Guess What Is Growing Inside the Egg

    Published by Millbrook Press 

    Age range: Four - nine years old

    Crack, crack...animal babies are hatched all over the place. Can you figure out who's who?

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  • Lost Spells

    Written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris

    Published by Hamish Hamilton 

    Age range: Five years upwards 

    It’s a celebration of the nearby wild. If there is a message there, it is simply wonder and awe at the beautiful complexity of the non-human. And respect, for the wisdom of trees, the shape of a bird, the wild of the fox.”

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  • Superworm

    Written by Julia Donaldson illustrated by Axel Scheffler

    Published by Alison Green Books 

    Age range: Two - seven year-olds

    Superworm is a must for all Julia Donaldson fans, it really is a lovely story about the power of friendship.

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  • Ten Step: Drawing Nature

    Written and illustrated by Mary Woodin

    Published by Search Press Ltd 

    For all ages

    Will help you turn simple steps into beautiful nature images in just ten steps.

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  • Entangled Life: How Fungi make our world, change our minds and shape our futures

    Written by Merlin Sheldrake

    Published by Vintage Books

    Age range: Adult

    'A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi'


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  • My Year

    By Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

    Published by Penguin Random House 

    Age range: Nine - twelve years old

    Inspirational and memorable concoction of hilarious childhood anecdotes of the natural world.

    Read more about My Year
  • The Hare and the Tortoise

    Retold and illustrated by Helen Ward

    Published by Millbrook Press 

    Age range: Readers five years upwards

    Watch Sasha the Suntrap tortoise reenact this story on the Suntrap You Tube channel.


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  • My 1st Book of Garden Bugs

    By Mike Unwin, illustrated by Tony Sanchez

    Published by Bloomsbury Press 

    Age range: Five years-old +.

    Take a journey through the garden and discover the bugs that are living there.

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  • A Child' Guide to Wildflowers

    By Charlotte Voake

    Published by Random House  

    Age range: Five years-old + 

    Discover the names of the flowers that you see every day.

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  • Fanatical about Frogs

    Written and illustrated by Owen Davey

    Published by Flying Eye Books £12.99 (h/b)

    Reading age 7+

    Interest 5 - 9 years old

    Shortlisted for the 2020 Blue Peter Book awards.

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  • The House at Pooh Corner

    By AA Milne, illustrated by EH Shepard

    Published by Egmont UK Ltd 

    Pooh is the bear for all ages

    'You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes'. Winnie-the-Pooh   

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  • Caterpillar, Butterfly

    Author Vivian French Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

    Published by Walker Books Ltd 

    Age range five years upwards

    'A great book for any children who love learning about nature'.

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  • I Ate Sunshine For Breakfast

    Written by Michael Holland, illustrated by Philip Giodano

    Published by Flying Eye Books 

    Age range: Nine to fourteen years old 

    Blog post by author Michael Holland

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  • Rocket says look up!

    By Nathan Bryon and illustrated by Dapo Adeola

    Published by Puffin 

    Age range: Three to seven years 

    Bursting with energy and passion about science and space.

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  • World without fish

    By Mark Kurlansky, illustrated by Frank Stockton

    Published by Workman Publishing 

    Age range ten upwards

    This book issues a call to action to kids by outlining what will happen due to ill effects of over-fishing, pollution and climate change. 

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  • Tidy

    By Emily Gravett

    Published by Two Hoots 

    Age range: Three to seven years old

    Funny, rhyming woodland story with an environmental message. 

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  • The rabbit, the dark and the biscuit tin

    By Nicola O'Byrne

    Published by Nosy Crow 

    Age range two to five years old

    Watch our storytime video on the Suntrap You Tube channel. 

    Read more
  • The Bog Baby

    By Jeanne Willis

    Published by Puffin Books 

    Age range two to six year olds

    Story to explain how animals have to live in different places.

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  • I am the seed that grew the tree: A Nature Poem for every day of the year

    Compiled by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

    Published by Big Picture Book 

    Age range:  Seven-to-ten-year-olds to read alone. 

    Anthology of poems about the natural world.

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  • The Wood: The Life and Times of Cockshutt Wood

    Written by John Lewis-Stempel

    Published by Transworld 

    Age range: For young adults

    Story of English woodlands as they change with the seasons.

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  • Bee and me!

    Illustrated by Alison Jay

    Published by Old Barn Books 

    Age range: Two - five years old

    Introduction for small children to the ecology of the natural world.

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  • Greta and the giants

    Written by Zoe Tucker and illustrated by Zoe Persico

    Published by Francis Lincoln Children's Books 

    Age range: Four - seven years old  

    Inspired by Greta Thunberg and role in environmental activism in the climate and ecological emergency.

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  • Daniel Finds a Poem

    Author Micha Archer

    Published by Amazon

    Age range: Five to eight years old

    'Poetry and nature belong to city children too..' 

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  • The Wonders of Nature

    Author Ben Hoare

    Published by Dorling Kindersley

    Age range: Seven to nine years old

    Discover the wonders of planet Earth

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  • The Not So Great Outdoors

    Author Madeline Kloepper

    Published by Tundra Books 

    Age range: Four to seven years old  

    Reminder of the beauty and magic that can be found away from the city and our screens. 

    Read more
  • The Lost Words: A Spell Book

    Authors Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris

    Published by Hamish Hamilton 

    Age range: 3 up for adults to read (or sing) with children

    'Book of spells' which seeks to conjure back the magic and strangeness of the natural world...

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  • Compost Stew

    Written by Mary McKenna Siddals illustrated by Ashley Wolff

    Published by Random House Children's Books 

    Age range Three - seven years old

    'An imaginative and engaging introduction to the concept of composting'. 

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  • Bird Therapy

    Written by Joe Harkness

    Published by Unbound Publishing 

    Age range: Adult

    'This joyous journal celebrates the redemptive power of nature'.

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  • Underland: a Deep Time Journey

    Written by Robert MacFarlane

    Published by Penguin Books 

    Age range: Adult

    The Guardian 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

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  • Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter

    By Christine Evans, illustrated by Yasmin Imaura

    Published by Innovation Pres 

    Age range Five to nine years old 

    'Great messages about doing what you love, overcoming obstacles and taking care of this world'...

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  • Apple Pigs

    Written and illustrated by Ruth Orbach

    Published by National Trust Books 

    Age range: Two to five years old

    A timeless classic this beautifully illustrated tale of an apple tree that grows too many apples.

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  • Stick Man

    Written by Julia Donaldson illustrated by Axel Schiffler

    Published by Alison Green Books 

    Age range: Three to seven-year-olds

    A heart-warming rhyming tale of family, courage and adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo.

    Read more about Stick Man
  • Wonderland: A Year of Britain's Wildlife day by day

    Written by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss

    Published by John Murray Press 

    Age range: Adult 

    ‘A beautifully written love letter to the astonishing variety of Britain's wildlife, animal, vegetable and fungal. Although such an elegantly written book can be read cover to cover, it could also function as a day-to-day reference.' Sunday Times

    Read more about Wonderland
  • London's Street Trees: A Field guide to the Urban Forest

    Written by Paul Wood

    Published by Safe Haven Books 

    Age range: Adult

    It will make everyone who lives in this amazing city look at their own street in a new way.

    Read more about London's Street Trees
  • Last Child in the Woods

    Written by Richard Louv

    Published by Atlantic Books 

    Age range: Adult

    This timely book shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distanced from nature, why this matters and how we can make a difference.

    Read more about Last Child in the Woods
  • Never Home Alone

    Written by Rob Dunn

    Published by Hatchett

    Age range:  Adult 

    From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live

    Read more about Never Home Alone
  • Winter - An Anthology for the changing seasons

    Edited by Melissa Harrison

    Published by Elliot and Thompson 

    Age range: For all ages

    Be inspired on a winter walk by writers who adore the frosty season

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  • A Life in Nature

    Written by Mark Hamer

    Published by Vintage 

    Age range: Adult

    A captivating, life-affirming memoir of a life in nature that celebrates finding wonder in our world. The perfect gift for nature lovers.

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  • Diary of a Young Naturalist

    Written by Dara McAnulty

    Published by Little Toller Books 

    Age range: Young adults

    Like reading William Black or Ted Hughes, it really is a strange and magical experience.

    Read more about the diary