Our Family Nature Library

The family nature library is an important part of learning more about the natural world. Although we have been hyper-observant about our outdoor environment for only a couple of years, we have collected some treasured titles.  They sit on a shelf in our kitchen eating area, and so they are often pulled out at dinner or during a snack – either to peruse or to research a particular subject.  These guides provide a learning structure when we experience something new.  These are not books that have instilled a love of nature in my children.  Sometimes they sit on the shelf unused for months, simply because they are not needed at the time.  They are books that contain the best information on their subjects, in my opinion, and are handy reference tools.  Instilling a love of nature requires immersion in it – going outside and experiencing it.

Some books, however, have inspired my kids to get outside more.  See this page.

Handbook of Nature Study

Life in the Soil

Care of the Wild Feathered and Furred 

Winter Tree Finder

Golden Guides:

  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Geology
  • Nonflowering plants
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Butterflies and Moths
  • Weeds

Exploring the Night Sky

365 Starry Nights

H.A. Rey’s The Stars

H.A. Rey’s The Constellations

The Secret Life of the Forest

Peterson First Guide to Butterflies and Moths

Peterson First Guide to Wildflowers

Peterson Field Guide for Young Naturalists: Songbirds

National Geographic Society My First Pocket Guide: Insects

How Nature Works

Pocket Naturalist (Waterford Press):

  • Pond Life
  • Eastern Backyard Birds
  • Butterflies and Moths
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies

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