Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nature's Notes

Remember when I raved over The Secret Life of Backyard Bugs? Well, this is Judy Burris' and Wayne Richards' latest book: Nature's Notes: Bite-sized Learning and Projects for All Ages 
(c. 2012).  And I've had a tough time trying to review it for the past 2-3 weeks because the kids won't let it out of their sight!

The title Nature's Notes best explains this 6.25"x8.25" (perfectly kid-sized) spiral-bound book.  Each chapter is filled with nature trivia and coinciding projects, such as:

  • how to best photo nature
  • how to make hummingbird food
  • how to distinguish poison ivy
  • how take care of a caterpillar until it turns into a butterfly

Think of it as a kid's hand-held, printed version of Pinterest.  There's even lined pages and sketch pages provided in the back for kids to record their own observations.  I also like the folder-like, pocket-flap in the front to hold additional papers, leaves, pressed flowers, etc.

But I especially like how the like-minded authors of Nature's Notes
  • encourage kids to find beauty throughout creation by observing and experiencing the natural world around them and 
  • spur kids' innate curiosity through hands-on activities and age-appropriate direction.
So check Nature's Notes out for yourself.  Just make sure you have time to look over it before the kids get ahold of it!

Can my young readers spot the hidden animals (there are three)?

***These book images are all used curtesy of the authors' blog: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/ ***


  1. How neat! I actually snapped a picture of this book the other day to remind me to check it out... You know me and nature! ;-) Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Thank you so much for the amazing review!
    We are thrilled that you and your little ones enjoyed our book so much!
    We have already shared your blog all over our many facebook pages.
    Would you be willing to put this on our Amazon page too please?
    Thanks again!
    - Judy Burris and Wayne Richards -