Take a peek at Greta Eskridge’s Instagram account, and you might just see her shin-deep in a tide pool with her kids, or hanging out on top of a mountain.

It’s clear that Greta adores nature. But as a child, believe it or not, Greta didn’t spend a lot of time in nature. What did she do? She read about it.

Now as a mama of four, Greta shares those same books with her children.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • books that fuel a love of nature
  • how books transport us
  • and her tips for stress-free nature journaling with kids

Even if you don’t have a nature preserve in your back yard, this episode will help you instill a deep love of nature in your kids. The best part? Doing it through beautiful books.

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Episode 62
Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web

By the wonderful E.B. White, a touching tale of friendship, character and love, with charming illustrations by Garth Williams. Your kids will hang on every word—there's a reason this book is a classic! (psst... get out the kleenex)

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

A classic about an orphan who struggles to adjust to her new life until she discovers a secret garden. Excellent for all ages. Look for the one with illustrations by Tasha Tudor!

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Heidi (Puffin in Bloom)

Heidi (Puffin in Bloom)

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Everyone is scared of Heidi’s grandfather, but when she moves to the Alps to live with him her sunny personality helps them form a connection. Soon, however, they are separated. Will they reunite? This classic is an excellent read-aloud for all ages.

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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

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A classic story of friendship starring Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger, this river tale is a wonderful read-aloud full of big personalities. (Except for Mole, who is a little shy.) Look for the version illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard of Winnie the Pooh fame!

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Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)

Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)

The March sisters are each distinctive in their own way, but they band together to help their mother while their father is serving in the Civil War. The original version follows the girls as they grow into womanhood. Girls might enjoy identifying with a particular sister -- Meg, Jo, Beth or Amy.

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My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

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When Sam leaves his family’s New York City apartment, he travels all the way to the Catskill Mountains where he survives in a hollowed-out tree, and finds independence and freedom.

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Caddie Woodlawn

Caddie Woodlawn

Based on stories of the author’s grandmother, Caddie loves hunting and pranks, but refuses to be a “lady.” Set in Wisconsin in the late 1800s, Little House fans will love Caddie!

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Farmer Boy (Little House)

Farmer Boy (Little House)

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The story of the boy who will grow up to marry Laura, Farmer Boy tells the tale of Almanzo and his family, who live on a farm in New York. Based on a true story, of course! (You can read this Little House on the Prairie book out of order- it's a great introduction to the rest of the series, especially for boys.)

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Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods

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The first in Laura’s story about her family of American pioneers. Join the Ingalls family as they celebrate Christmas and the harvest and their first trip to town.

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Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

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Sal goes blueberry picking with mama, but it turns out a mama bear and baby bear had the same idea. Wait - will the right babies go home with the right mamas?

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Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius

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Easily among my all-time favorites. The story of little Alice, whose grandfather invites her to travel the globe, come home to the salty sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. Listen to my special edition podcast episode about the author.

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Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

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Another classic from Robert McCloskey! Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are searching for the perfect place to raise their family. Will they find a place to call home?

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A Tree Is Nice

A Tree Is Nice

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Trees are beautiful. They fill up the sky. If you have a tree, you can climb up its trunk, roll in its leaves, or hang a swing from one of its limbs. Cows and babies can nap in the shade of a tree. Birds can make nests in the branches. A tree is good to have around. A tree is nice.

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The Swiss Family Robinson (Puffin Classics)

The Swiss Family Robinson (Puffin Classics)

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*Description from Amazon: Following a wild and raging storm, the Swiss family Robinson are stranded at sea. But the thundering waves have swept them off to a tropical island, where a new life awaits them. Their ship is laden with supplies and the island is packed with treasures, so they soon adapt and discover new dangers an...

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Listening for Lions

Listening for Lions

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**Description from Amazon: "If you are among evil people, you must be like the lion, gathering strength and awaiting your time."Africa is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known. But when influenza strikes down her missionary parents, she is left vulnerable prey to her family's wicked neighbors. Surrounded by greed and l...

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Little House on the Prairie (Little House, No 3)

Little House on the Prairie (Little House, No 3)

**Description from Amazon: The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowin...

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The Yearling (Aladdin Classics)

The Yearling (Aladdin Classics)

Fighting off a pack of starving wolves, wrestling alligators in the swamp, romping with bear cubs, drawing off the venom of a giant rattlesnake bite with the heart of a fresh-killed deer--it's all in a day's work for the Baxter family of the Florida scrublands. But young Jody Baxter is not content ...

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The Little Island (Dell Picture Yearling)

The Little Island (Dell Picture Yearling)

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Once there was a little island in the ocean. That little island changes as the seasons come and go. The storm and the day and night change it. So do the lobsters and seals and gulls that stop by. Then one day a kitten visits the little island and learns a secret that every child will enjoy.

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One Morning in Maine

One Morning in Maine

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Robert McCloskey is perhaps one of the greatest children's book authors/illustrators we've ever known. This story is especially perfect for any child who has recently lost a tooth!

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Minn of the Mississippi

Minn of the Mississippi

$11.95

**Description from Amazon: The history of the Mississippi River Valley is told in text and pictures through the adventures of Minn, a snapping turtle, as she travels downstream.

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Pagoo

Pagoo

**Description from Amazon: Tide pool life, hermit crab

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Time of Wonder (Picture Puffins)

Time of Wonder (Picture Puffins)

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Winner of the Caldecott Medal! For fans of Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Make way for Ducklings."Out on the islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day to day . . ."...

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The Big Snow

The Big Snow

**Description from Amazon: The woodland animals were all getting ready for the winter. Geese flew south, rabbits and deer grew thick warm coats, and the raccoons and chipmunks lay down for a long winter nap. Come Christmastime, the wise owls were the first to see the rainbow around the moon. It was a sure sign that the big sn...

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Mandy (Julie Andrews Collection)

Mandy (Julie Andrews Collection)

$6.99

**Description from Amazon: Mandy, the first children’s novel ever written by the beloved star of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews, is a modern classic.Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, dreams of a place to call her own. Escaping over the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deser...

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The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Dover Children’s Classics)

The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Dover Children’s Classics)

**Description from Amazon: Renowned naturalist and author of children's books on wildlife successfully blends information and entertainment in his book about birds, among them saucy Jenny Wren, Redwing the Blackbird, Melody the Wood Thrush, Spooky the Screech Owl, Creaker the Purple Grackle, Downy the Woodpecker, and other fe...

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The Burgess Seashore Book for Children (Dover Children’s Classics)

The Burgess Seashore Book for Children (Dover Children’s Classics)

**Description from Amazon: "An invaluable companion to any child spending a seashore holiday." — New York Herald TribuneFamiliar burgess characters Danny Meadow Mouse, Jimmy Skunk, and Reddy Fox explore every nook and cranny of the shoreline and learn first hand about the habits and habitats of spider crabs, sea cucumbers, ...

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The Call of the Wild (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Call of the Wild (Dover Thrift Editions)

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**Description from Amazon: Jack London's novels and ruggedly individual life seemed to embody American hopes, frustrations, and romantic longings in the turbulent first years of the twentieth century, years infused with the wonder and excitement of great technological and historic change. The author's restless spirit, taste f...

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The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms

The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms

$15.95

**Description from Amazon: This interactive workbook is packed with creative, year-round activities for curious naturalists ages 8 to 13. Clare Walker Leslie shows kids how to experience nature with all five senses, whether they live in the countryside, a major city, or somewhere in between. Guiding children through inspiring...

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Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You

Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You

$18.95

**Description from Amazon: Reconnect with nature through sketching and writing with these simple methods for capturing the living beauty of each season. Clare Walker Leslie and co-author Charles E. Roth offer easy techniques, exercises, and prompts for all ages.

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The Curious Nature Guide: Explore the Natural Wonders All Around You

The Curious Nature Guide: Explore the Natural Wonders All Around You

$14.95

**Description from Amazon: With dozens of simple prompts and exercises, best-selling author, naturalist, and artist Clare Walker Leslie invites you to step outside for just a few minutes a day, reignite your sense of wonder about the natural world, and discover the peace and grounding that come from connecting with nature. Us...

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The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups

The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups

$15.95

**Description from Amazon: The birds, the bees, the flowers and the…TREES! How do trees grow? Why do leaves change? What kind of tree is that? The acclaimed Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s guide answers all kids’ (and their parents’) tree-related questions in an easy-to-understand way. It features 33 different trees that g...

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Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman)

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman)

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**Description from Amazon: See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunset...

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Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life (Julia Rothman)

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life (Julia Rothman)

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**Description from Amazon: Learn the difference between a farrow and a barrow, and what distinguishes a weanling from a yearling. Country and city mice alike will delight in Julia Rothman’s charming illustrated guide to the curious parts and pieces of rural living. Dissecting everything from the shapes of squash varieties t...

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Wildflowers (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press)

Wildflowers (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press)

**Description from Amazon: This eBook is best viewed on a color device.This is a practical beginner's guide to the most common American wildflowers. Emphasis is on those with showy petals and those that the amateur is most likely to see. Special features include:Where to look for wildflowersTips on how to collect and grow the...

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Birds Every Child Should Know

Birds Every Child Should Know

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**Description from Amazon: Originally published in 1907, Birds Every Child Should Know is a collection of storyline descriptions of more than one hundred birds commonly found in the United States. Neltje Blanchan's detailed descriptions of birds—their physical attributes, calls, nesting and mating habits, and other beha...

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Trees Every Child Should Know

Trees Every Child Should Know

Description from Amazon: Trees Every Child Should Know - Easy Tree Studies for All Seasons of the Year by Julia Ellen RogersThe best time to begin to study the trees is to-day! The place to begin is right where you are, provided there is a tree near enough, for a lesson about trees will be very dull unless there is a tree t...

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Birds (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press)

Birds (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press)

**Description from Amazon: This eBook is best viewed on a color device.This Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press will help you identify--quickly and easily--the birds you are most likely to see. It tells you:What to look forWhere and when to lookHow to attract birdsRange maps show where each bird is found, and handy tables at...

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