Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Outdoors & Nature Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

The most comprehensive field guide available to North American mushrooms--a must-have for any enthusiast's day pack or home library--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. Featuring a durable vinyl binding and over 700 full-color identification photographs organized visually by color and shape, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms  is the perfect companion for any mushroom hunting expedition. Each species is accompanied by a detailed physical description, information on edibility, season, habitat, range, look-alikes, alternative names, and facts on edible and poisonous species, uses, and folklore. A supplementary section on cooking and eating wild mushrooms, and illustrations identifying the parts of a mushroom, round out this essential guide.

  • Author: National Audubon Society
  • Publisher: Knopf; A Chanticleer Press ed edition (December 12, 1981)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0394519920
  • Dimensions: 4.03 x 1.44 x 7.72 inches


2. The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

A guide to 32 of the best and most common edible wild plants in North America, with detailed information on how to identify them, where they are found, how and when they are harvested, which parts are used, how they are prepared, as well as their culinary use, ecology, conservation, and cultural history.

  • Author: Samuel Thayer
  • Publisher: Foragers Harvest Press; 1st edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0976626602
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches


3. The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals―and Other Forgotten Skills (Natural Navigation)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

Turn every walk into a game of detection—from master outdoorsman Tristan Gooley, New York Times -bestselling author of  The Secret World of Weather and The Natural Navigator When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world. Whether you’re walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look! Publisher’s Note: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs was previously published in the UK under the title The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs.

  • Author: Tristan Gooley
  • Publisher: The Experiment; Illustrated edition (July 31, 2015)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Astronomy & Space Science
  • ISBN: 978-1615192410
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches


4. The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

Now outdoorsman and survivalists can own the official US Army guide to edible plants. Whether you are a stranded soldier, a wilderness hiker, or you just want to know which plants growing in your backyard are edible, this is an invaluable resource. Anyone who has spent serious time outdoors knows that in survival situations, wild plants are often the only sustenance available. The proper identification of these plants can mean the difference between survival and death. This book describes habitat and distribution, physical characteristics, and edible parts of wild plants—the key elements of identification. Hugely important to the book are its color photos. There are over one hundred of them, further simplifying the identification of poisonous and edible plants. No serious outdoors person should ever hit the trail without this book and the knowledge contained within it.

  • Author: Department of the Army
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1602396920
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches


5. Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

“Beautiful color photographs . . . temptingly arranged.”— The Library Letter Planning an outdoor adventure? Make sure to consult this information-packed and photo-filled North American field guide—arranged by season and region—before you go! Already a huge success in previous editions, this must-have field guide now features a fresh new cover, as well as nearly 400 color photos and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible plants all across North America. With all the plants conveniently organized by season, enthusiasts will find it very simple to locate and identify their desired ingredients. Each entry includes images, plus facts on the plant’s habitat, physical properties, harvesting, preparation, and poisonous look-alikes. The introduction contains tempting recipes and there’s a quick-reference seasonal key for each plant.

  • Author: Thomas Elias
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-1402767159
  • Dimensions: 5.42 x 0.69 x 8.28 inches


6. Mushrooms: How to Identify and Gather Wild Mushrooms and Other Fungi

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

Know your Agaricaceae from your Xylariaceae and learn how to forage for (or avoid) hundreds of mushrooms, toadstools, and fungi with this beautifully illustrated guide. Mushrooms  contains all the information you need to identify over 450 species of fungi from all around the world. Clear photographs of each kind of mushroom and their cross-sections are accompanied by annotations and descriptions, along with scale illustrations and identification charts to help you to name mushrooms you find or hope to search for. Learn about the different anatomical sections and features of fungi, then categorize and identify your own foraging finds through extensive, but easy-to-use, visual ID guides. Key information on habitat, fruiting, and which types of mushrooms are poisonous and which are edible.    The ultimate companion for fungi enthusiasts,  Mushrooms  is ideal for amateurs and experts alike.

  • Author: DK
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences


7. Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunsets work, and much more. Rothman’s whimsical illustrations are paired with interactive activities that encourage curiosity and inspire you to look more closely at the world all around you. Nature Anatomy is the second book in Rothman's Anatomy series – you'll love Nature Anatomy Notebook, Ocean Anatomy, Food Anatomy, and Farm Anatomy, too!

  • Author: Julia Rothman
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Illustrated edition (January 27, 2015)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1612122311
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches


8. The Julia Rothman Collection: Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

This handsome box set provides hours of enlightening entertainment for those curious about farm life, the natural world, and food. Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Rothman presents Farm Anatomy , Nature Anatomy , and Food Anatomy in a specially designed slipcase with 10 framable prints. Rothman’s popular line drawings offer a whimsical and educational guide to life on a farm, nature’s hidden wonders, and delectable tidbits from kitchens and pantries around the globe.

  • Author: Julia Rothman
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Box Pap/Ps edition (November 29, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Drawing
  • ISBN: 978-1612128528
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.8 x 9.3 inches


9. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2021, Trade Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

Happy New Almanac Year! It’s time to celebrate the 229th edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Long recognized as North America’s most-beloved and best-selling annual, the handy yellow book fulfills every need and expectation as a calendar of the heavens, a time capsule of the year, an essential reference that reads like a magazine. Always timely, topical, and distinctively “useful, with a pleasant degree of humor,” the Almanac is consulted daily by users from all walks of life, throughout the year.   The 2021 edition contains the fun facts, predictions, and feature items that have made it a cultural icon: traditionally 80 percent–accurate weather forecasts; notable astronomical events and time-honored astrological dates; horticultural, culinary, fashion, and other trends; historical hallmarks; best fishing days; time- and money-saving garden advice; recipes for refreshment; facts on folklore, farmers, home remedies, and husbandry; amusements and contests, plus too much more to mention—all in the inimitable way that the Almanac has done since 1792.   • Beloved by generations for being “useful, with a pleasant degree of humor,” The Old Farmer’s Almanac features everything under the Sun, including its much-in-demand long-range weather predictions, essential astronomical timetables, 2021 holidays, fascinating trends, best fishing days, valuable gardening information, tantalizing recipes, fun folklore, amusements, contests, and much more! • Exclusive: 32 reference pages, covering such popular topics as full Moon names, hurricane names, flowers that attract birds and butterflies, U.S./metric measurement conversions, and many more! • Easy-to-read edition, with crisp, white paper and larger type than the regular paperback version • Includes 112 full-color pages • Stiffer cover helps to protect the pages

  • Author: Old Farmer’s Almanac
  • Publisher: Old Farmer's Almanac (September 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Nature & Ecology
  • ISBN: 978-1571988522
  • Dimensions: 5.63 x 0.64 x 8.25 inches


10. Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America, Third Edition (Peterson Field Guides)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoors & Nature Reference - August 2021

Peterson The best-selling field guides of all time Medicinal plants are increasingly well regarded as supplements and sometimes as alternatives for prescription drugs. Steven Foster and James A. Duke have used recent advances in the study of medicinal plants and their combined experience of over 100 years to completely update the  Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants.  The clear and concise text identifies the key traits, habitats, uses, and warnings for more than 530 of the most significant medicinal plants in the eastern and central United States and Canada including both native and alien species. Seven hundred plus images, the organization-by-color system, and simplified warnings make identifying medicinal plants fast and easy. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute

  • Author: Steven Foster
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Third edition (April 8, 2014)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-0547943985
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.08 x 7.25 inches