I have a new favorite picture book. Finding Wild, written by Megan Wagner Lloyd and illustrated by Abigail Halpin, is the perfect book to introduce children of all ages to nature. I plan to share it with my high schoolers and can’t wait to do so!
Filled with gorgeous illustrations, Finding Wild is about the wonders of nature that surround us, whether we are in a city or the country. Even if it looks like we are surrounded by concrete and steel we can find nature if we look hard enough. Megan Wagner Lloyd’s text encourages the reader to spend time outside appreciating the wonder of nature, whether that is a forest or a vacant lot.
I plan to use Finding Wild as an entrance into our nature writing unit of study because the text is rich with imagery. The illustrations are magical, with branches turning into snakes that feel like they might crawl off the page and greens and blues and yellows and reds poking out of sidewalks and forests. It’s a must-have book for any teacher who wants to inspire students to “find wild” in their own lives.