These are our favorite books about Forest Animals, Trees, and Leaves for Pre-K kids. This list contains Amazon affiliate links.
Visit the Forest Activities page for lots of Preschool & Pre-K lesson ideas.
Nuts to You, by Lois Ehlert
Talk about it: “What does the squirrel like to eat?”
Activity: Print these Squirrel Play Dough Math Mats or this Nut Sorting Center.
Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell
Talk about it: “How are owl families the same as human families? How are they different?” Explain to children that this type of owl has white feathers as a baby and when they grow older, their feathers turn brown.
Activity: Try the Wax Resist Owl Art on this page.
Annie and the Wild Animals, by Jan Brett
Talk about it: “Name the animals you saw in the book.” “Why would the moose not be a good pet?”
Activity: Print these Annie and the Wild Animals cards for your flannel board or story board.
Tree, by Britta Teckentrup
Talk about it: “What were the bees doing? What were the squirrels doing?” Etc.
Activity: Set up your science center with Things That Come From Trees.
Busy Little Squirrel, by Nancy Tafuri
Talk about it: “What do squirrels do before the Winter?”
Activity: Try this Squirrel Pocket Chart Story.
A Tree is Nice, by Janice Udry
Talk about it: Point out the shape of the book (tall and narrow like a tree). Point out the pattern of colored/black and white pages.
Activity: Make the Big Classroom Tree or Tree Paintings on this page.
Bunny’s Noisy Book, by Margaret Wise Brown
Try this: Have kids make the sounds in the book.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, by Lois Ehlert
Talk about it: “Have you seen colored leaves in your yard?”
Activity: Try this Leaf Stained Glass Art.
Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert
Talk about it: “Name the animals you saw in the book.”
Activity: Try these Leaf Science Activities.
A Tree for All Seasons, by Robin Bernard (National Geographic)
Good-Night, Owl!, by Pat Hutchins
Talk about it: “What sound does each bird make?” “Which animals were awake in the day/night?”
Activity: Try this printable Owl Letter Tumble game.
Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon
Talk about it: “How are bats like birds? How are they different?” Ask kids to recall something the bat said.
Bat Loves the Night, by Nicola Davies
Bat Jamboree, by Kathi Appelt
Where’s My Teddy, by Jez Alborough
Mouse Count, by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Talk about it: Count the mice on each page.
Raccoon on His Own, by Jim Arnosky
The Busy Tree, by Jennifer Ward
Because of an Acorn, by Lola M. Schaefer
Lost in the Woods, by Carl R. Sams