The Word & the Wild: World Book Day 2021

Fab book recommendations to inspire outdoorsy story sharing and outdoor storying adventures - for all ages!

It's no secret that we love stories and we are CRAZY about all things outdoors!


That's why, this WORLD BOOK DAY 2021, we'd like to share some of our wild and wordy sources of inspiration!


This year, we thought we would do it a little bit differently and ask everyone out there in our social media community to ping us their favourite books for connecting story and the outdoors - both for kids and adults.


So prepare yourself for the most delicious list of brilliant books, spellbinding stories and fabulous field guides...and if you spot a favourite that isn't here - please tell us so we can add it!


Happy World Book Day 2021 - here's to all the stories we'll share and the books that will inspire our next outdoor adventures!


Young ones (Up to 7 years)

Nature Activity Book by Usborne Books

Winter Sleep by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss

'Uh Oh', Said Flo by Uh Oh Books

Snow Leopard by Justin Anderson

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

Little Grey Rabbit by Alison Uttley

Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem

The Lost Words and Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

The Tin Forest by Helen Ward

Greta and the Giants by by Zoë Tucker and Zoe Persico

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon and Dapa Adeala

For You are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane and Ana Juan

Bigger ones


Wild Wood by Colin Meloy

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethall

October, October by Katya Balen

Sky Dancer by Gill Lewis

Here In The Real World by Sara Pennypacker

A Year Of Nature Poems by Joseph Coehlo

The Wilderness Wars by Julia Green

Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright poetry collection Ed. by Fiona Waters illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree Ed. by Fiona Waters & illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

Milton the Mighty by Emma Read

Rewild Yourself: 23 Spellbinding Ways To Make Nature More Visible by Simon Barnes.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Little Grey Men by B.B

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Andersen

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

The Natural Storyteller: Wildlife Tales for Telling by Georgiana Keable

​​Nosy Crow & The National Trust also have a whole series of non-fiction books on enjoying nature if you look on their website!


Grownups and older readers

Common Ground - Rob Cowen

Strands - Jean Sprackland

Gossip From The Forest - Sara Maitland.

Woodland Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau


Botanical Folk Tales by Lisa Schneidau

Dancing with Trees: Eco-Tales from the British Isles (Folk Tales) by Galbraith

Kafka on the Shore by Murakami

The Book of Trespass by Nick Hayes

The Wild Places by Robert MacFarlane

Foxfire, Wolfskin and other stories of Shapeshifting Women by Sharon Blackie

The Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley

Ogham Sketchbook: A diary of Tree Lore and Spiritual Growth by Karen Cater and Colin Cater

Britain's Trees: A Treasury of Traditions, Superstitions, Remedies and Literature by Jo Woolf

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie

Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold ed by Carolyne Larrington

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake


For more outdoor storying inspiration, storytelling and general obsession with all things story, here are some great pages on our website to visit:

  • Check out the rest of our blog for lots of tips, links and suggestions for story-inspired activities!

  • Have you had a go at Fairytrails or our Valentine Ramble? Both excellent ways to get out adventuring with story!

  • Have you listened to our podcasts? All are focused on story and the outdoors!

  • Are you a nursery, primary or secondary school setting looking for Interactive Storytelling Workshops or CPD training for your educators?

  • Are you a company looking for a new and unique way to reach out to your staff and support your families in feeling better connected? Click here to check out all the things we do and to get in touch!

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