A celebration of nature, curiosity, discovery, and mindfulness! Adapted from the award-winning TV show The Gumboot Kids, this outstanding new series of nature mystery books celebrates the joy and wonder of mindfully exploring the natural world. Perfect for inquisitive young minds, The Gumboot Kids’ nature mysteries feature beloved characters, Scout and Daisy, working through a series of clues in order to crack the case.


A fun book about nature and taking care of the environment.

- Kids Bookshelf Blog

I'm always advocating the importance of fostering a love of nature in the very young, so welcome this series which clearly aims to get young children outdoors and eager to discover more about the world around them; these stories are certainly engaging and contain just the right amount of information in the narrative to spark their curiosity.

- Jill Bennett

This is a delightful book for young children based on the CBC television series, Scout and the Gumboot Kids. Using photographs of very detailed miniature dioramas, two anthropomorphic mice, Scout and Daisy, go on an adventure and take the reader along with them... Eric Hogan and Tara Hungerford have created an engaging and informative book for children in K-2. It introduces young children to nature inquiry, a nature craft, a mindfulness activity, and a field note journal with more details. Young readers will love this book and delight in exploring along with these sweet mice.

- Veronica Uzielli

With field notes, and crafts, these books are perfect for young outdoor enthusiasts.

- Barbara Hesson

Winner, 2019 Best Canadian Picture Books

- CBC Kids Books

The illustrations are full of details to be examined, and the posed rodent friends do have a real appearance of life to them... Instead of just passively providing youngsters with science facts, the books in "A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery" actively engage readers in their learning. Overall, this series is an excellent age-appropriate introduction to a number of science-related topics. Highly Recommended.

- Dave Jenkinson

The stories feature two adorable mice... The amazing depictions are full of life-like detail.

- Jane Muller

We give these books two enthusiastic thumbs up! The stories are entertaining and heartwarming, but also easy enough for a younger child to read. Each story is an engaging mystery and has a little lesson inside about nature and animals. Educational and fun! We really enjoy the "life like" images in these books depicting the characters (which are super cute making them younger kid friendly). The visuals make those characters almost come to life while we read the stories! Amazing art both literally and visually. You and your family will genuinely love this book series! These books are geared for ages 3-7; however, they are an excellent source for any young reader under the age of 10.

- Alyssa

These books are beautiful, with full page artwork that captures the eye and attention... There is so much within the pages to inspire creativity and learning... Scout and the Gumboot Kids and the series, both on television and the books by Firefly Books are such a great resource for kids to learn, and entertaining and cute to boot!

- Erin

Charming and informative picture books that will help young children discover nature.

- Sally James

Nice, educational nature series for children.

- Hamilton Spectator

Another Nature Mystery to be solved by our favourite detectives, Scout and Daisy!...The story unfolds along with captivating imagery full of color and wonderful textures like the carefully knitted clothing the characters wear. This is a great resource to feed the curiosity of nature-loving kids aged 4-7. Don't forget to check out the final pages to create your own pinecone friend in three simple steps! Teachers may use this resource as an opportunity to divide their lessons in two parts: the theoretical through reading the story in the classroom and the hands-on through heading out into nature to collect pinecones for the craft!

- Sarah Vargas Nessi

(starred review) Adapted from the TV show The Gumboot Kids, this series of books celebrates the joy and wonder of mindfully exploring the natural world. As Scout is collecting firewood for the winter, he notices something extraordinary -- there is a wooden timekeeper in the forest! But what is it? Join Scout as he helps Daisy find clues to solve the mystery.

- Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens 2020

A most charming and instructive collection of nature mystery books which encourages children to head outside and discover their natural world... Extensive educational curriculum guides have also been assembled to accompany each of the titles... Scout and Daisy act as motivating nature guides as they introduce readers to memorable learning encounters via conversations, questions and research. A meticulously created miniature community consisting of a village, forests, gardens, hills and valleys serve as a rich environment in which they explore... Outstanding new series.

- Senta Ross