flower books for kids: nature studies

August 31, 2012

We've been studying flowers lately, and even though it is fall, we still have a ton of flowers blooming around our neighborhood and in our gardens. 

I was hoping to find some good field guides to help us with identification, so I pretty much checked out all the flower books at the library. 

Here are our favorites. 
As far as child-friendly field guides go, Wildflowers , was my favorite. Large photos and a nice size for carrying around in a backpack. I'll probably buy a copy of this one for us to keep.

Wildflowers, Blooms and Blossoms is one we own. It has quite a lot of information--which is good for us. There are also activity ideas and Juliet likes the "special warning" notes about dangerous plants.

Another favorite t is Wild Flowers of North America (Science Nature Guides)by Pam Forey There is a flowering calender included with each flower that shows when the plant is in bloom--this was by far Juliet's favorite part. I think we went through and she told me which months every single plant bloomed.

I have yet to meet a book in this series that I dont like and Flowers  was no exception. We love the transparent pages and the bright graphics and illustrations. I find a ton of these at our local goodwill--maybe you can find some at yours. We found this one at the library, though.

Math + flowers? Why not. Counting Wildflowers goes from 1 to 20 with a different wildflower for each number. This would be a fun project to do with your child as well--take photos of flowers from 1-10 and make your own book.

The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America's First Naturalist 
I've mentioned this one before, but it fits with the theme so well I thought I'd reshare. You can add some history to your nature study unit with this one. I found this book fascinating.

So those were all from the kids section. We also hit up the adult section and checked these out:

Wildflowers of the Eastern United States
This provided more information than the kid's guides and had more flowers (of course). We especially liked that it stated where the flowers grow (as in which states), so we could know if we could look for them in our state or not. The photos are really great in this one.

Wildflowers: How to Identify Flowers in the Wild and How to Grow Them in Your Garden
This one has beautiful illustrations and is organized by habitat--eastern woodlands, western woodlands, wetlands, deserts, prairies, etc. I really liked how easy it was to learn about flowers in specific habitats.

100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names
Initially, I thought I would be the one interested in this one and Juliet wouldn't be, but it turns out she really liked flipping through it. It doesn't have photos, just black and white line drawings, but the size of the book and the detailed drawings were really user-friendly for her. She didn't read the text (other than the name of the flower), but it was a handy little book that she ran around the house with for a week.

Wildflowers Across America
We got this one for the photos. It's full of stunning photos from around the United States.

We've started a nature notebook for sketching flowers and plants in. I found these  Washable Markers (2 year old proof), to be full of a wide array of different colors--not the usual marker colors--this is really like a box of crayons, but in marker form. We've enjoyed them for our flower art.

Do you have any favorite flower books or nature guides to recommend? I've been pinning some I think look interesting, but haven't got my hands on yet. :)

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