Reading Resources (Ages 8-12)

Below you will find great books about various aspects of nature for middle readers! Click on the title to access a virtual read-aloud of each book.

Paddle to the Sea
By Holling Clancy Holling

A young Indian boy from Nipigon country in the Canadian wilderness carves a twelve-inch canoe with a kneeling Indian figure and frees it to undertake a journey to the Atlantic Ocean in his place. He must stay home and help his father but yearns to learn about the world beyond his life in the village.

Four years later, this tiny vessel reaches its destination ending a journey fraught with danger, excitement, and beauty. Taking the listener through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, Holling Clancy Holling (1900-1973) gives us a treasure chest of geography and natural science wrapped in an unforgettably beautiful story. This timeless award-winning book has been a favorite of families for years.

Evie in the Jungle
By Matt Haig

A truly wild adventure! Twelve-year-old Evie has a talent. She can hear what animals are thinking, and she can talk to them with her mind. When Evie goes on a trip to the Amazon rainforest, her powers are put to the test. She makes friends with pink river dolphins, must save an injured sloth and discovers the secret life of a jaguar. Soon she sees that the jungle is in serious and deadly danger and comes up with a rather risky plan to help save it....A brilliant new story from best-selling author Matt Haig, featuring Evie from Evie and the Animals and with series narrator Natascha McElhone.
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