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Watlington Library Summer Reading Challenge

A collaboration between Watlington Library and the Green Plan Art Trail, this list features children's books about the different habitats we have around Watlington. Thank you to Libby Willis of Watlington Library for pulling this list together.

Trees and Woodlands

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen

  • Tales from Acorn Wood – Julia Donaldson

  • The Animals of Farthing Wood – Colin Dann

  • By Ash, Oak & Thorn – Melissa Harrison

  • Look What I Found in the Woods – Moira Butterfield

  • The Leaf Thief – Alice Hemming

  • Wild Woods – Simon James

  • Tree by Britta Teckentrup

  • Strong little tree by Helen Peacock

  • Acorn to an oak tree by Camilla de la Bedoyere

Ponds and Chalk Streams

  • King of the Swamp – Catherine Emmett

  • The River by Hanako Clulow

  • We are not frogs! By Michael Morpurgo

  • Two frogs by Christopher Wormell

  • Frog’s summer journey by Anita Loughrey

  • Big wide-mouthed frog by Ana Martin Larranaga

Meadows and Road Verges

  • Where in the Wild – Jenny Lambert

  • The Lost Spells – Robert Macfarlane

  • Over the Meadow – Michael Evans

  • Mad about minibeasts by Giles Andreae


  • Some Birds – Matt Spink

  • Worzel Gummidge – Barbara Euphan Todd

  • Little Home Bird – Jo Empson

  • Too Much Stuff – Emily Gravett Go-away bird by Julia Donaldson

  • Bird builds a nest by Martin Jenkins

  • Two nests by Laurence Anholt

Wildlife Garden

  • The Hedgehog – Dick King-Smith

  • The Woolly Bear Caterpillar - Julia Donaldson

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle

  • Benjamin Zephaniah’s Nature Trail

  • Spike the hedgehog who lost his prickles by Jeanne Willis

  • Caterpillar dreams by Jeanne Willis

  • Slug Needs a hug by Jeanne Willis

  • Matisse’s magical trail by Tim Hopgood (snails)

  • Eddie’s garden by Sarah Garland

Chalk grassland

  • Footpath Flowers by Jon Arno Lawson

  • Prettiest flower by Anna Shuttlewood (also has hedgehog!)

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