by Robert M. Hazen
A delightful read, telling the story of the first 4.5 billion years of the history of planet Earth, “from stardust to living planet.”
by Jon Young.
A delightful read on how to observe and interpret the language and behaviors of birds and other wild critters.
(1990) Usborne Publishing.
If you can get this old book, it is well worth it for the very little ones. A simple-to-read, very heavily illustrated, first field guide to nature.
by Rochelle Strauss.
An illustrated overview of Earth’s hydrosphere and its water cycles.
by Rochelle Strauss.
An illustrated overview of the modern system of classification of all living things, from Kingdoms down to Species.
by Dr. Douglas Palmer.
Heavily illustrated, with short bursts of text. Great for young readers. Covers early geological time, and artist-illustrations of what ancient animal life may have looked like, based upon fossil remains.
by Camilla de la Bédoyere and Dr. Philip Whitfield.
Heavily illustrated, with short bursts of text. Great for young readers. Covers a wide sampling of modern-day animal life from around the world.
A Small Home Library of Local Field-Guides & Reference Books
No Quercus Academy scholar should be without a series of illustrated field-guides and reference books describing the flora, fauna, and geological and climatic phenomena of their geographical region. Such books serve as both inspirations for exploration, and references for observation. For those of us living in the Coast Range mountains of California, near the San Francisco Bay, useful field-guides and references include:
- “A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California” by Laura Cunningham.
- “Secrets of the Oak Woodland” by Kate Marianchild.
- “Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region” by Harold Gilliam.
- “Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region” by Doris Sloan.
- “Introduction to Water in California” by David Carle.
- “Introduction to Fire in California” by David Carle.
- “Introduction to Air in California” by David Carle.
- “Field Guide to Animal Tracks and Scat of California“ by Mark Elbroch, Michael Kresky, and Jonah Evans.
- “Birds of Northern California” by David Fix & Andy Bezener.
- “Mammals of California” by E.W. Jameson, Jr., and Hans J. Peeters.
- “Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California” by Robert C. Stebbins and Samuel M. McGinnis.
- “Trees and Shrubs of California” by John D. Stuart and John O. Sawyer.
- “Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America” by R. Michael Davis, Robert Sommer, and John A. Menge.
- “Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers of the Foothills, Valleys, and Coast” by Philip A. Munz.