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Top 5 books about children and nature, chosen by CC Harrington

The children's author and nature lover selects five books that feature children's relationships with the animal kingdom

A boy reads book in a forest with a rabbit and an owl

Image: Syaibatul Hamdi from Pixabay

Charlotte’s Web by EB White

I loved this book as a child and love it even more as an adult and a writer. It’s about children and animals, but it’s also about the nature of life, death and the beauty of the natural world. 

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

This book is moving, funny, poignant and wise. Set in a fictional town in Florida, it follows a 10-year-old girl who finds a stray dog in a supermarket. The dog helps the child come to terms with her mother’s abandonment and forge new friendships. I loved it.

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The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold

This touching book about a child who forms a connection with a stranded polar bear speaks to conservation issues, nature, loss, love and empathy. 

Song For a Whale by Lynne Kelly

My daughter loves to read, and this remains one of her all-time favourites. A 12-year-old deaf girl is determined to help a whale that struggles to communicate with his own species.  

Wildoak by CC Harrington

OK… so I’m biased, but I passionately believe in everything this book stands for. It’s about a child, a snow leopard and ancient forest. It’s about the interconnectedness of all sentient beings to nature and the need for greater empathy towards one another. 

Wildoak cover
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