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Outside You Notice |  Childrens Book - Alder & Alouette

Outside You Notice | Ages 4 to 8 yrs

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Outside 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).

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.


  • 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
  • 2021 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Fall Selection
  • 2021 Bound2Learn Nonfiction Hot List selection
  • 2022-2023 Telling Tales Festival Reading List Selection


  • Outside You Notice
  • Written by Erin Alladin and illustrated by Andrea Blinick.
  • Published by Pajama Press, April 20, 2021.
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  • 0.4" H x 10.2" L x 9.2" W (0.9 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover


"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

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