Nine times out of ten, my children would rather be learning in the field. There is something about being out-of-doors which opens the mind and heart to learning. Unfortunately, as this post is being written in the last days of summer and we’re generally a good hour and a half from any decent nature center, this isn’t much of an option. Thus, we turn to our second best option – and always a viable one – books!
We’re sure an abundance of nature books exist. An entire section at our library can quickly attest to this. But there are a few which rise above the rest, making them invaluable to our learning and inspiring to the soul. These few either currently grace our home shelves or are begging to be added:
- Handbook of Nature Study
- Farm Anatomy/Nature Anatomy/Food Anatomy
- The Law’s Guide to Nature Journaling
- A Beetle is Shy/A Butterfly is Patient/A Nest is Noisy/A Rock is Lively/A Seed is Sleepy/A Egg is Quiet
- Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World
- How To Be a Wildflower
- See America
- Animals of a Bygone Era & The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts
- The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom
- Bees: A Honeyed History
- The Stick Book
- The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs
- The Big, Bad Book of Beasts
- The Wild Robot
- The Curious Garden
- The Big Snow
- The Little Island
- A Year in Our Garden
- Garden in the City
- The Atlas of Oddities
- Atlas of Adventures
Whew! Quite the list, isn’t it? We’re sure we haven’t even come close to being finished with adding to it. There are just so many lovely reads waiting for us to bring them home.
Learning in the field might currently be on hold, but plans are underway to get us back into the wild outdoors and explore God’s creation. For now, we will content ourselves with admiring the pages within these magnificent books and dreaming of all the outdoor adventures to be had once cool weather comes our way. Well, cooler, anyhow.
“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.”
~ Job 12:7
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