Storytelling about Nature


Storytelling about Nature

Following up on John Thielbahr's blog post on the New C&NN section, "Where Nature Meets Story," this is a chance for storytellers and story seekers alike to share resources, tips, and events for nature stories.

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Does anyone have any suggestions for nature stories that get kids excited to go outside?

Started by Margie. Last reply by Juliet Robertson Nov 18, 2014.

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Comment by John Thielbahr on April 16, 2012 at 2:13pm

Hello everyone.  Jan Hummer just posted a link to a terrific new blog by Emily Krall, director of Book Trails in Colorado:  .  This blog has a magnificent list of nature books to inspire kids to read and get outside.  Please click on and share your thoughts.  jt

Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on March 26, 2012 at 10:24pm

Our Let's Go Chipper eco-educational series excites and readies kids for adventures in the great outdoors. It's correlated for schools, 21st Century learning ...but it's all fun. Kids learn best through laughter and play and Chipper's adventures in the great outdoors have kids asking to go outside. Please check it out Books, apps, and community programs.

Comment by Margie on March 6, 2012 at 12:22pm

Heard a great presentation by Andy Goodman at the APPL on telling stories.  This book was recommended for reference:

Comment by Suz Lipman on February 3, 2012 at 8:01am

Hi Everyone.

Thank you for posting about the decline of the depiction of nature in children's picture books, Marghanita. We just put that on our C&NN news site:

And, thanks for letting us know about the Sense of Wonder contest, Margie! Seems we should get the word out about that, too.


Comment by Margie on February 1, 2012 at 12:04pm


Here is a contest for you:  EPA's Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest.  It's intergenerational.  I entered with my grandson in 2010.

Comment by Marghanita Hughes on January 31, 2012 at 11:19am

A new study finds a significant decline in the depiction of the natural world and animals in US children's books in recent decades, a trend researchers say may reflect society’s increasing isolation from nature.

Comment by Marghanita Hughes on January 31, 2012 at 11:17am

Comment by John Thielbahr on January 31, 2012 at 10:32am


You might want to connect with the Group C&NN Grand Ideas in Nature, which is a group that is interested in connecting grandparents to kids using the natural world.

Comment by AyoLane Halusky on January 31, 2012 at 10:20am

know any good stories about connecting youth to aulthood?

Comment by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on January 26, 2012 at 3:22pm

They are, Margie. I love them- such a rich, multi-faceted approach to understanding nature. A LIVING approach which, I'm afraid, is not always communicated to children in standard science courses which emphasize memorization over creative thinking.


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