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Book Corner: Four fun journeys through nature for young readers

As Pacific Northwest authors, we love children's books that encourage readers to get outside and listen to nature. Here are our four favorite books for turning up the volume on story time.


By Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee
Ages 4-8
How could a mouse’s small “Squeak!” awaken animals all across the meadows and mountains? In a surprising cacophony of cause and effect, that’s exactly what happens. A lively, humorous read-aloud!

Owl Babies
By Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson
Ages 3-7
All the mystery and beauty of the woodland at night, plus a trio of adorable owlets who are missing their mother. With its stunning illustrations and memorable text, this is a family favorite.

Run Wild
Written and illustrated by David Covell​
Ages 3-5
This book challenges you to chase the wind! Two children race across a day: through mud, a forest, a beach, and a thunderstorm. Loose, exuberant art shows the joys of running wild.

How to Heal a Broken Wing
Written and illustrated by Bob Graham
Ages 3-7
In the busy city, a small boy notices a bird is injured. With the help of his parents, he nurses the bird back to health. Minimal text packs a punch in this tender tale.


About the Author

Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee