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Get Outside! Books for Kids about the Great Outdoors

Get Outside! Books for Kids about the Great Outdoors

Adventure, animals, and the natural world await in these great listens.

Playlist Tags: genre: Children's audience: kids audience: middle grade topic: outdoors topic: nature audience: tweens audience: families

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Little House on the Prairie

By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Narrated by: Cherry Jones
Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

The third book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series.

The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for the big skies of the Kansas Territory. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their house....

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The Call of the Wild

By Jack London
Narrated by: Jeff Daniels
Length: 3 hours 10 minutes

Jack London’s The Call of the Wild was written in 1903, but Buck’s gripping adventure makes for a thrilling listen on audio more than 100 years after it was first published.
            This gripping story follows the adventures of the loyal dog Buck, who is stolen from his comfortable family home and forced into the harsh life of an Alaskan sled... Read more »

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By Katherine Applegate
Narrated by: Nancy Linari
Length: 2 hours 33 minutes

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the... Read more »

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My Side of the Mountain

By Jean Craighead George
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 4 hours 35 minutes

"Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest."The New York Times Book Review

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he... Read more »

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The Incredible Journey

By Sheila Burnford
Narrated by: Megan Follows
Length: 3 hours 7 minutes

Fans of Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Shiloh will love this timeless classic about two dogs and a cat that embark on a journey to return to their owner and inspired the movie Homeward Bound.

   An inquisitive Labrador retriever, friendly bull terrier, and courageous Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to find their... Read more »

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Scott O'Dell
Narrated by: Tantoo Cardinal
Length: 3 hours 50 minutes

In the Pacific, there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea birds abound. Karana is the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Hers is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery. Read more »

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By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Peter Coyote
Length: 3 hours 41 minutes

13-year-old Brian Robeson learns to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed with his hatchet and resourcefulness. Read more »

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The Last Wild

The Last Wild: Book #1

By Piers Torday
Narrated by: Oliver Hembrough
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes

In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone crazy. But the animals have something to... Read more »

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By Carl Hiaasen
Narrated by: Chad Lowe
Length: 6 hours 25 minutes

This Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times bestseller is a beloved modern classic. Hoot features a new kid and his new bully, alligators, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes.

Everybody loves Mother Paula's pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on... Read more »

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

By Jacqueline Kelly
Narrated by: Natalie Ross
Length: 9 hours

The summer of 1899 is hot in Calpurnia’s sleepy Texas town, and there aren’t a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot of time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an... Read more »

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The Black Stallion

Black Stallion: Book #1

By Walter Farley
Narrated by: Frank Muller
Length: 5 hours 9 minutes

When the steamer Drake is shipwrecked off the Spanish coast, only two passengers survive. One is Alec Ramsay, a young American boy. The other is the Black Stallion, the wildest of all wild creatures. Stranded together on a desert island, boy and stallion develop a deep and wonderful understanding. The Black Stallion is the horse Alec has always... Read more »

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Julie of the Wolves

Julie of the Wolves: Book #1

By Jean Craighead George
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 4 hours 24 minutes

"Miyax had been lost without food for many sleeps on the North Slope of Alaska. The barren slope stretches for three hundred miles from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean, and for more than eight hundred miles from the Chukchi to the Beaufort Sea. Winds scream across it, and the view in every direction is exactly the same. Somewhere in this... Read more »

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The Line Tender

By Kate Allen
Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

Funny, poignant, and deeply moving, The Line Tender is a story of nature's enduring mystery and a girl determined to find meaning and connection within it.

Wherever the sharks led, Lucy Everhart's marine-biologist mother was sure to follow. In fact, she was on a boat far off the coast of Massachusetts, collecting shark data when she died... Read more »

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