Category Archives: books

BOOKS: Six recent titles from Dawn Publications about the natural world

I am incredibly tardy in sharing about these new books from Dawn Publications, a publisher that focuses on books about nature for kids. I always enjoy getting these from them and sharing about them here! Here are the three books … Continue reading

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BOOK: Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest

Most books that discuss flora and fauna for a particular geographic region are usually geared toward adults. This new book provides descriptions and beautiful illustrations to many of the neat things kids can see in a variety of habitats of … Continue reading

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BOOK: Birds of the Pacific Northwest

Fans of the series of Pacific Northwest field guides from Timber Press in Portland might like to know that they have published a new guide for birds (it joins their guides covering wildlife, insects, wildflowers, trees & shrubs, mushrooms, and … Continue reading

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BOOK: Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

I have long had a 1931 edition of the book Handbook of Nature Study (1911) that I treasure, handed down to me from my grandfather. It’s author, Anna Comstock, was always a lover of nature. But she decided to major in … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week & a new book for parents – Let Them Eat Dirt

A thought: When children are out walking or playing in a green space… the risk of getting infected with microbes that carry human diseases decreases drastically. Allow your children to touch anything they want (except animal waste), including dirt, mud, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains & a local event with the author

While perusing old nature books on the reference shelves at nature centers around Portland, I tend to see the 1988 guide Cascade-Olympic Natural History by Daniel Mathews. It’s out-of-print, and Multnomah County Library has just a single copy in its … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

As a parent to two children who spend a lot of time in nature with me, I am always being presented with questions about this or that thing we see along the trail, in the sky, or under the surface … Continue reading

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BOOK: Nature’s Day: Discover the world of wonder on your doorstep

I’ve had this book for a little while now, and just getting to posting about it. Geared toward early elementary-aged kids, Nature’s Day invites the reader to explore what can be observed in nature during each of the four seasons. This large … Continue reading

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BOOK: Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature

One of my favorite nature writers is the naturalist and lepidopterist Robert Michael Pyle, who is often quoted in discussions about children and nature, especially his insightful question, “What is the extinction of a condor to a child who has … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Waiting for High Tide, by Nikki McClure

Readers of this blog know that my family and I love the papercut art of Nikki McClure. Her annual calendar graces the space above my wife’s desk every year. And I recently posted on Instagram these two images, one showing … Continue reading

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