Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Natural Wonders

Eliza and the Dragonfly - (ISBN: 978-1584690603)

by Susie Caldwell Rinehart

Eliza trails off after an enchanting dragonfly to learn about where it came from. Her horror at seeing the green floating nymph changes to wonder as she learns about the dragonfly life cycle. The next time you see a dragonfly, try to run after it!

In the Small, Small Pond - (ISBN: 978-0805081176)

by Denise Fleming

With plenty of sound words, this book leads children through the many aspects of pond life throughout the seasons, with rhymes and marvelous ripped paper illustrations. What season is your favorite on the pond?

Leaf Man - (ISBN: 978-0152053048)

by Lois Ehlert

Readers follow the “leaf man” as he goes where the wind blows in autumn. Wonderful illustrations lead your eyes from one spot to another. Try following a leaf as it falls off the tree one day; see where the wind takes it.

Raccoons and Ripe Corn - (ISBN: 978-0688104894)

by Jim Arnosky

See what happens at night near the cornfield through this window on the natural world. The moon rises and sets, an owl appears, and the raccoons have a feast. Try putting an ear of dried corn far out in your backyard or nearby park and check the next day to see if there have been nibbles!

Ten Flashing Fireflies - (ISBN: 978-1558586741)

by Philomen Sturges

This evocatively beautiful counting book follows two children as they add fireflies to their jar, all the way up to ten. What happens to the bugs’ abilities when they go in the house? How do they get the lights to work again?

In the Tall, Tall Grass - (ISBN: 978-0805039412)

by Denise Fleming

Rabbits and Raindrops - (ISBN: 978-0698118157)

by Jim Arnosky

The Beeman - (ISBN: 0792272242)

by Laurie Krebs

Activities for this Theme

Make your own dragon fly out of a popsicle stick.


Try fingerpainting using leaves.


Take a nature walk with your preschooler and pick up some small leaves, sticks, and rocks. Make a collage.