A story is a great place to start on an outdoor learning journey, and with such a rich and diverse range of beautiful stories available we are delighted to share our favourites with you.

IMG_3215Books for Autumn:

My favourite and the most useful resource for Autumn in the woodland, available from The Tree Council, and perfect if you are planning to collect and plant tree seeds. Each page gives information about a different tree, offering a helpful identification tool, as well as tips for how to optimise success for each species.

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, and the next best time is today.”
Chinese proverb



Extracts from this beautiful tale by Jean Giono make a moving addition to a tree seed planting activity with a group of older children and demonstrates the many consequences of planting a forest. The timing, between the wars, adds a poignancy to the story, as do the simple, powerful illustrations.



Stories for younger children in autumn:

We all love Leaf Man and exploring north, south, east and west to collect leaves that catch our eye. The illstrations inspire us to look differently at the leaves we have found, spotting which pictures we can make with our natural treasures. The colours and shapes might become a chicken, a fish or a butterfly. But what are those creatures doing in the woodland on a chilly November morning? Sounds like there’s some story-telling about to happen … IMG_3216


51QQRA1WTVL._SX496_BO1,204,203,200_The perfect accompaniment to autumn celebrations. Listen to the poetic exploits of cat, duck and squirrel while waiting for your campfire pumpkin pot to warm through for snack time.

Pumpkin pot recipe:

Cut off the lid and remove the pumpkin insides. Remember to allow the seeds to dry and store them for planting in the spring. Combine the pumpkin with other root vegetables (sweet potato, butternut squash, carrot, potato). Cook in vegetable stock and hot water, and add sweetcorn. Pour the mixture back into the pumpkin to cook on the campfire. Put foil under the pumpkin and warm the soup through. Delicious with warm bread, and a story.

No pumpkins for your pumpkin soup? Delicious by Helen Cooper offers plenty of alternatives, to keep even a very fussy duck happy … eventually.