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Outside, You Notice - by Erin Alladin

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About this item


  • Outside, you notice things.
  • 4-8 Years
  • 10.2" x 9.2" Hardcover
  • 32 Pages
  • Juvenile Nonfiction, Science & Nature


About the Book

"Poetic nonfiction text describes a child's sensory experience of various kinds of outdoor space. On each spread, facts related to observation center on a particular theme, including rain, animal homes, fruit, soil, flowers, seeds, water, roots, leaves, vegetables, pollinators, and the benefits of spending time outdoors"--

Book Synopsis

you notice things.

Time spent in the outdoors stirs a child's imagination. Nature sparks wonder, wonder leads to curiosity, and curiosity brings about a greater knowledge of the world and one's self. In Outside, You Notice, a meditative thread of child-like observations (How after the rain / Everything smells greener) is paired with facts about the habits and habitats of animals, insects, birds, and plants (A tree's roots reach as wide as its branches).

Author Erin Alladin invites young scientists and daydreamers to look closely and think deeply in this lyrical nonfiction text, celebrating all the kinds of "outside" that are available to children, from backyards to city parks to cracks in the sidewalk. Illustrator Andrea Blinick portrays these spaces bursting with small wonders with a child's-eye view, her naïve and nostalgic style capturing the joy of endless discovery.

Review Quotes

Praise for Outside, You Notice

2021 Northern Lights Book Awards Winner - Nature Category

Publishers Weekly Environmental Kids' Books for 2021 selection

2021 Kirkus Reviews "Great Books on the Outdoors for Curious Kids" selection

2021 Kirkus Reviews "Celebrate Canada Day With These Children's Books" selection

2023 Children's Book Council Spring Showcase: Spring Into a New You Selection

2021 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Fall Selection

2021 Bound2Learn Nonfiction Hot List selection

2022-2023 Telling Tales Festival Reading List Selection

★ "The detailed text and varied images immerse readers in the feeling of being outside, fully attentive and relaxed...This lovely book is more than the sum of its parts."--Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

"As this blend of fiction and nonfiction emphasizes observation, it also leads up to a mindfulness of being present when outside....A charming, gentle nudge to go outside and simply be."--Booklist

"Blinick's illustrations offer a sense of excitement and serenity, showing cheerful children with light and dark skin tones and different physical abilities...This exploration of the outdoors is fit to use for budding biologists."--School Library Journal

"We rated this book: [4.5/5]...This is a thoughtful, reflective story about the healing power of spending time outdoors...This light-hearted, relatable, and timely text will bring youth new enlightenments each time they sift through its pages."--Seattle Book Review

"Readers of Outside, You Notice are left with wonder and appreciation for the things that surround them. The result is a warm, joyful and inviting environment that awaits us all. If anyone ever doubted the benefits of spending quality time outdoors, this lovely book will dispel that notion...Highly Recommended."--Canadian Review of Materials

"Rating: 4.5...This is a lovely book about the joy of discovering nature in the outdoors...Friendly-feeling gouache, pencil and chalk art with collage shows a warm, accessible natural world to investigate...I like that readers can just read the main text for the youngest listeners, and can add the informational details for older listeners."--Youth Services Book Review

"From microbes in the soil to a rainbow in the sky, Outside, You Notice is an invitation to pay attention to the natural world around us in concrete, physical ways. With themes of healthy living, the science of nature, and curiosity, it will spark wide-ranging and cross-curricular conversations and ignite a passion for outdoor living."--Children's Book News

"For the curious preschooler...In this well-illustrated non-fiction picture book, Alladin explores the many things children can learn outdoors...Andrea Blinick of Toronto has added child-friendly pictures of gouache, coloured pencil, collage and chalk pastel that add to the attraction of this little volume."--Winnipeg Free Press

"[A]n informative picture book that encourages children to get outdoors and observe things. These observations are com¬plemented with information about a variety of things including animals, trees, flowers, seeds, pollination, wa¬ter and soil..."--Metroland Toronto

"Each page spread elicits readers' sense of wonder and joy...Outside, You Notice will help young readers (aged 4-7) develop an appreciation for nature."--Green Teacher

"Erin Alladin has invited the reader to explore and make observations and grow themselves into sentient beings beyond the confines of our indoors. The experiences will be as diverse as the children who are doing the noticing, and the learning as fulfilling and filling as can be."--CanLit for Little Canadians

"Our imaginations go wild when we are outside and this book celebrates and brings that experience to life."--Mrs. Book Dragon

"I like the red strawberries and the green grass. The pictures make me feel happy."--Rosie - age 4, Eden Mills Writers' Festival Kids' Reads

"Whether used as a read aloud for an outdoor/nature theme, or used more specifically as a starting point to learn about nature in city parks, how gardens grow, the magic of soil, or about pollination (and more!), there is so much to explore and enjoy with Outside, You Notice."--Fab Book Reviews

"A gently poetic text is paired with fascinating facts to create a book that would work with a wide range of age groups. It's an ode to the natural world that surrounds us every day, a celebration of the healing power of being outside. An all-around lovely book."--Jane Whittingham

"Alladin, Blinick and Pajama Press deliver a wonderful book... This is not your standard point and look book."--Mr. Alex's Bookshelf

Dimensions (Overall): 10.2 Inches (H) x 9.2 Inches (W) x .4 Inches (D)
Weight: .9 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Science & Nature
Publisher: Pajama Press
Theme: General (see also headings under Animals or Technology)
Format: Hardcover
Author: Erin Alladin
Language: English
Street Date: April 20, 2021
TCIN: 83042905
UPC: 9781772781939
Item Number (DPCI): 247-30-9326
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.4 inches length x 9.2 inches width x 10.2 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.9 pounds
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