Springtime brings a renewed interest in nature study to our home. We long to take walks in the woods or learn more about the birds that are all over the yard. It is as if this subject has awakened from its winter hibernation.
There are plenty of nature books and guides to be found. But none like the one I am linking to today- a collection that I wish I had heard about years ago!
My latest nature book find is the Crinkleroot Series!
The author, Jim Arnosky, is a naturlist and artist. Here are a few topics that are found in these whimsical yet educational books: avoiding poison ivy, how to identify animal tracks, and beautiful sketches that are labeled- this alone makes these books worthy of a place on a nature study table.
The main character is Crinkleroot, a woodsman who sets off to explore his surroundings while giving facts and interesting tips to the young explorer. I hesitate to say young explorer, because while these books are Excellent for elementary ages, they could be a great starting off point for a middle schooler who is just getting started in nature study.
There is a Crinkleroot book for almost every nature topic. Here are the titles we have read:
Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Birds ( has a wonderful labeled bird diagram )
Crinkleroot's Guide to Walking in Wild Places ( ferns, ticks, poison ivy plant family )
Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Butterflies and Moths ( butterfly labeled diagram )
Crinkleroot's 25 Birds Every Child Should Know (just names and a picture, I wish the photos were real life )
Crinkleroot's 25 Fish Every Child Should Know (just names and a picture, again I wish these photos were real life )
Crinkleroot's Nature Almanac (informative and spanning a whole year, much of the info in this book is compiled from others )
Field Trips: Bug Hunting, Animal Tracking, Bird-watching, Shore Walking (great info and sketches to get you started in studying nature )
There is one more title that I would like to read and that is the Crinkleroot Guide to Trees. I will have to put that one on my amazon wishlist.
What other books do you use for nature study?