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


9780763636944 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.
9780761455264 Chalk
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.
0152162690 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.
9781566609807 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.
9781840891270 More!
By: Sheilagh Noble

Two lively toddlers go for a walk in the park and see ducks, a dog, and swings.
9780763665777 Noodle Loves the Park
By: Marion Billet

When Noodle visits the park, he sees all the different plants and animals. On board pages.
9780764162527 Rainy Day
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.
9781615993192 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.
9781554513871 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.
0142501247 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.
9780763656010 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!
0-545-02599-0 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.


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