Thematic Reading List: The World Around Me
The outside world is filled with beauty and wonderful things. The books in this list begin to introduce readers ages 0-3 to the world around them, including different seasons, landscapes, and interesting features. The format and structure of these books are ideally suited to serve as captivating guides to very young children.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni
|All Around the Seasons
By: Barney Saltzberg
Illustrations and rhymes celebrate what makes each season special, from baby chicks in the spring through a snowman in the winter.
By: Bill Thompson
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk and draw pictures that come to life.
|In My World
By: Lois Ehlert
Describes some of the many things in the natural world, such as worms, seashells, flowers, and stars, that a child can appreciate, illustrated in silhouette.
|Let’s Go Outside
By: Kate Riggs
Illustrated by: Monique Felix
Illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce pairs of opposite words as a dog is taken for an early morning walk.
By: Sheilagh Noble
Two lively toddlers go for a walk in the park and see ducks, a dog, and swings.
|Noodle Loves the Park
By: Marion Billet
When Noodle visits the park, he sees all the different plants and animals. On board pages.
By: Caroline Church
A young boy gets dressed to play in the rain and must put on his rain pants, sweater, slicker, and rain hat before going outside. On board pages.
|Seasons of Joy: Every Day is for Outdoor Play
By: Claudia Marie Lenart
A variety of children invites the reader to join them in enjoying playing outside in all four seasons.
|Slither Slide, What’s Outside
By: Nora Hilb, Simon and Sheryl Shapiro
Children jump, slide, stargaze, color, and engage in other forms of play to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
|Spot Goes to the Park
By: Eric Hill
Spot the puppy, his mother, and his animal friends have a fun-filled day playing in the park. Movable flaps conceal portions of the illustrations and text.
|Step Gently Out
By: Helen Frost
Illustrated by: Rick Lieder
Step gently out, be still and look closely at the world just outside your door-you are sure to be amazed by the tiny creatures you can find. You might see a cricket leap and land, a moth open her wings, a spider walking across the air, or maybe even a praying mantis looking back at you!
|What’s the Weather?
By: Jo Moon
Asks readers to identify different kinds of weather by opening the flaps, then explains what causes them, from rain and snow to wind and lightning.