My First Book of Garden Birds

My favourite book to use with children!  The colourful illustrations appeal to young children, but there is sufficient information about each of the 20 featured bird species to engage older ones as well.  Each bird has a ‘Guess Who’ page, which gives clues to help identify the species—for example: ‘This bird likes being around gardeners.…

Spot 50 Garden Birds

I use these ‘Spot 50’ books all the time when working outside with children (other titles include wildflowers, trees and insects).  They are easy to navigate as a simple field guide, and contain just the right level and amount of information about each species.  Each species has its own page, with a large labelled picture…

Mini beast Magic

Children love minibeasts – and so do I! As an envi-ronmental education teacher, I spend a lot of time rummaging around in leaf litter, lifting up old logs and sweeping about in ponds. While pond dipping is not cov-ered in this book, there are loads of ideas for attracting, catching and observing land inverte-brates. It…

Spike’s Best Nest

This is a brilliant big book to read to children outside.  A lucky charity shop find has become a book that I’ve used in various places for many different themes.  These have included reading it in a reception classroom followed by independent work making nest collages for Spike to sit in; and as part of…

The Book of Bees

The winner of the 2017 Educational Writers’ Award is THE BOOK OF BEES, written by Wojciech Grajkowski, illustrated by Piotr Socha, and translated into English from the Polish by Agnes Monod-Gayraud. This year’s judges – school librarian Marion Le Lannou; London headteacher Mike Reeves; and writer, editor and publisher of books for young people Annemarie Young –…

Doughnut Economics

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a 21st Century Economist, by Kate Raworth, was published in early April.  The Resilience website has a quick summary of what the book is about, this is a YouTube overview, and here is brief (17 minute) explanation in an RSA video. These are Raworth’s 7 ways: 1. Change the goal: from GDP…