Take Me Outdoors

A Nature Journal for Young Explorers



ISBN: 9781916474536 Categories: ,

Mary Richards


WINNER, Best Designed / Illustrated Book For Children — Junior Design Awards 2020 (Silver Medal)

“A book to make going outside an inspiring adventure. This little paperback does much more than it says on the tin. . . It really should make young people see and think differently about the natural world around them, and packs in a great deal of information and stimulation.” — Andrea Reece, LoveReading4Kids

Take Me Outdoors is the fourth book in an exciting series of guided journals for young explorers. With its smart design, lively illustrations and perfect size to carry around, it’s a fun, lively way to engage with the wild and natural world – whether in your own garden, a local park, or further afield.

This innovative, interactive book is divided into five ‘adventure’ chapters – one for each excursion. Each chapter is divided into themes that encourage children to explore their surroundings, record their thoughts and draw what they see. As they complete lists, create pictures and answer questions they are prompted to think carefully and look at their world – from the clouds in the sky to grass or stones on the ground – with fresh eyes. A final chapter allows them to compare their adventures, and there’s also a useful glossary so they can learn new words and ideas.

Fun, quirky and bursting with facts about birds, bugs and plants; the weather and the environment; expeditions and explorers; and the artists, writers and musicians who have been inspired by nature, this book is a must for children curious about the incredible world they live in. It’s both a great keepsake and a tool for sparking creative writing.

Additional information

Weight 176 g
Dimensions 20.3 x 16 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2020
Number of pages 96
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.3 x 16 cm
Weight 176 g


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Writer and illustrator Mary Richards is author of The Modern Art Journal, Splat: The Most Exciting Artists of All Time and, with David Schweitzer, co-author of ArtSongs for Tate. She was Art Publisher at the Hayward Gallery and a Project Editor at Tate Publishing.