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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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 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.

Comment by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on January 17, 2012 at 2:00pm

In conjunction with nature journaling, we like to read Native American nature myths and story-oriented explanations for natural phenomenon. It makes life richer and more engaging. Frances Holbrook's The Book of Nature Myths is great for all ages- brimming with stories about how frogs, snipes, and various critters came to be, as well as how various minerals were formed.

Comment by Jan Hummer on October 23, 2011 at 8:35pm

Kathy Parra ( the author of Love is the Color of a Rainbow) who we have conversations with occasionally is now the guest moderator of the Connecting Children to Nature through American Literature: 1890 - T... discussing the work of Byrd Baylor. 

Come, join the conversation we would love to hear how you have used these stories in the classroom or share some memories reading which inspired explorations with your family.



Comment by Juliet Robertson on October 22, 2011 at 1:44pm

Hi Janine

I do have one or two examples which I could email to you - for Everybody Needs a Rock, The Gruffalo, An African Book Bag, Handa's Surprise, Harry Potter and the Snowy Day.


If you contact me via my website and send me a wee reminder, I'll send these on - I've a couple of busy weeks so if it takes this long for me to respond, please don't worry. 

Comment by Janine Carpenter on October 20, 2011 at 6:00am


Yes, thanks for the reminder. I've forwarded the information to my local library and plan to follow up to see what they think and how we can pull off a naturelibrary here.

I like your ideas and suggestions and will speak with them about that when I follow up. Also, thanks for the Burgess book recommendation, I'm in the process of creating an outdoor library for my forest kindergarten and have now found some interesting books I'm looking into from the site you mentioned below.

One of my personal favorite authors is Byrd Baylor (can't remember if it was mentioned in the list, I'll have to let them know).  "I'm in Charge of Celebrations" is very close to my heart, but some other great titles of hers are "Everybody Needs a Rock", "The Other Way to Listen", and "The Way to Start a Day" (Caldecott Honor Book).

Wow! Children, nature, and books are my top three passions in life--I could go on forever on just these subjects alone =)


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