We love combing books with our nature studies and as we head into the end of autumn and winter the fungus around us are appearing everywhere. These Fungus books are ideal for you to add to your nature table or book box when learning and exploring toadstools, mushrooms, moulds, and yeast with your kids.
Books about Toadstools and Mushrooms for Kids
Before we start you should really check out our Books for your Nature Table which highlights our favourite books list and ideas for sharing with your kids at your nature table throughout the year.
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Fungarium (Welcome To The Museum)
Possibly one of our favourite fungus books and in fact nature series is the Welcome to the Museum and the Fungarium book by Ester Gaya and Katie Scott is beautifully illustrated and full of fascinating facts. It is great to look at the pictures and discuss them with younger children, but older children and adults alike will be able to dive into the more technical aspects.
The Mushroom Fan Club
The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel is a fun cartoony style book that explore mushrooms and fungus hunting for kids. Following a family as they explore the forest floor the fungus are explored from alien looking species to those that would look more at home underneath the sea.
A Log’s Life
We love putting our nature studies into a wider context and A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer really helps achieve that. Following the life of an oak branch that falls during a storm you can explore with your kids how this giant of the forest even as a fallen log helps with the cycle of life and ecosystems.
It’s a Fungus Among Us
If you are looking for science and facts from zombie ants caused by fungus to future uses like plastic eating then It’s a Fungus Among Us by Carla Billups and Dawn Cusick is the perfect book for your nature studies and science lessons.
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Plants that Never Bloom
If we ignore the fact that the title of the book is plants that never bloom and that fungus are their own kingdom and not part of the kingdom of plants then Plants that Never Bloom by Ruth Heller is full of fascinating facts and great illustrations that delve into the world of Fungi.
We are Fungi
Covering mushrooms, yeasts and moulds the book We Are Fungi by Christine Nishiyama is an illustrated look at the Kingdom of Fungus ideal for kids.
Fungus is Among Us
In more comic book style Fungus is Among Us by Joy Keller is fun and informative, following a girl as she discovers the weird and wonderful world of fungus this is bright and colourful to read.
Resources to Learn about Fungus
Want to learn more about fungus how about looking at these resources we recommend.
We love the Nancy B Science Kits and this Mighty Microbes Lab and Germ Kit is another great find. Exploring bacteria as well as fungus you can do real science on a microbial level and learn with hands-on fun.
We can highly recommend growing your own mushrooms at home. A kit like this one means that you can watch them grow, explore the best conditions for growth and because the mushrooms are edible you can then eat and cook with them afterward.
Fiddlesticks Ed on Etsy is one of our favourite stores for educational printables and their Fungi Nature Pack is a must for kids and you when studying Fungus. Included in the pack are Mushroom Anatomy Poster, Toadstool lifecycle poster, identification card, Fungi of the Forest Poster, and a Fungi Terrarium Journaling Page.
Fungus Activities for Kids
Looking for a fun fungus activity to do with your kids why not check out our Fungus Survey with FREE Printable for ideas to do alongside reading these books.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.