June: Bring "Great Outdoors Month" to Your Own Backyard!

The words "June is..." in yellow on a dark green background, sitting atop the words "Great Outdoors Month" in white. There are small yellow flowers above the words and forest green pine trees behind them.

June is Great Outdoors Month! Here are some books to inspire your own Great Outdoors adventure.

Our Great Big Backyard

by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager
Jane's plans to spend the summer playing video games with her friends are dashed when her parents announce that her family is going on a road trip to national parks around the country. Yet somewhere between the Everglades and Big Bend National Park, Jane starts paying attention to the magnificent sights and spends less time looking at her screen. The stunning views open up her imagination as she and her brother see everything that nature has to offer. And the more Jane discovers, the more she realizes how much there is to love about the outdoors, whether she's in a national park across the country or right in her own backyard. -HarperCollins

Wild Girl: How to Have Incredible Outdoor Adventures
by Helen Skelton
J 796.082 SKE 2020
Have you ever wondered what it's like to cycle to the South Pole? Or kayak 2,000 miles down the Amazon? Or run an ultramarathon through the scorching Namib desert? Follow the author's incredible adventures and discover how you can get outdoors and unleash your inner wild girl! -Baker & Taylor

My Great Outdoors Book: The Kids' Guide to Being Outside

by Josie Jeffery
J 796.5 JEF 2018
Whether it's bug hunting in a city courtyard, counting stars, planting a neat little window box, or building a cool woodland hideout, this brilliantly innovative activity book will open children's eyes to an awesome outdoor playground. Packed with exciting stuff to do, make and discover, the activities are arranged in themed sections, from the garden, the woods, and the shore, through to rainy days, sunny days, and night-time. This book is guaranteed to turn any stay-at-home kid (and their family) into an enthusiastic and accomplished outdoor adventurer! -Grand Central Pub

Maker Lab Outdoors: 25 Super Cool Projects

by Jack Challoner
J 507.8 CHA 2018
Build, invent, create, discover! This book presents over two dozen outdoor science activities demonstrating such scientific properties as soil erosion, the water cycle, air pressure, and astronomy. Learn how to think like a scientist and discover the skills it takes to bring scientific theories and practical experiments together at home. Maker Lab Outdoors takes kids on a journey to better understand the world of science that will keep the whole family curiously experimenting for hours. -Baker & Taylor/Penguin Putnam

National Geographic Illustrated Guide to Wildlife: 
From Your Back Door to the Great Outdoors

591.7 NAT 2014
Filled with photographs and original artwork, this a resource from one of the most trusted names in field guides showcases 900 species of North America's most common birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, along with fish and other aquatic creatures. -Baker & Taylor


What do you think? Will you be bringing the Great Outdoors to your home this summer, or will you be bringing yourself to the Great Outdoors? Check out more cool stuff to do and dive in with us during Summer with the Library: Tails and Tales. Sign up today!

By CrissyH on June 5, 2021