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Children Outdoors Suggested Reading



Book:                     I Took a Walk
Author:                   Henry Cole
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0688151157
Summary:  This story was inspired by the author's childhood in Loudoun County. A visit to woods,
pasture, creek, and pond brings encounters with various birds, insects, and other creatures
of nature. Flaps fold out to reveal the animals on each two-page spread.


Book:  ABC's from the Rappahannock River, With Love
Author:  Betty Lewis
ISBN: 978-0-9850375-1-2
Summary:  Journey through the alphabet and for an introduction to the beauty and life of the                                                             Rappahannock River in Virginia. An excellent choice for pre-readers and early readers, the
wildlife and landscape of the Rappahannock come alive for children as they witness one of
America's greatest natural resources. Long time educator/literary specialist and    
photographer, Betty, invites you and the children in your life to "snuggle up" and enjoy this  
reading adventure.
Book:  The Marlin and the Mermaid "Help Save the Bay"
Author:  Daniel Ford
ISBN: 978-0985529505
Summary:  The Marlin and the Mermaid take the reader on a journey into the Chesapeake Bay, our
Nation's largest estuary. They are on a mission to find the source of trash in their ocean. They
introduce the reader to two species which helps keep our bay clean, as well as encountering
a harmful algae bloom. As they navigate through the bay they teach the reader how
important these creatures are to sustain a healthy environment. They also educate them on
what they can do to help prevent pollution from entering into our waterways.
Book:  Oh No, Gertrude
Author:  Rodney Cammauf
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0971980716
Summary:  The book “OH NO, GERTRUDE!” is a picture book telling the true story of a Black Bear named
Gertrude and her 3 little bear cubs, who had their lives put at risk because of naughty
people.  I wrote this book to teach people how to help keep Black Bears safe.
Book:  Turtle Without a Home
Author:  Gaston Halttunen and Sharon Richard
ISBN: ISBN-0-9769737-2-3
Summary:  The story references an elementary school in Virginia. A red-bellied turtle, Ted, searches
for a new home when it has become polluted and covered in trash. He goes on an
adventure to a variety of habitats until he finds the perfect one for him.

Middle School:

Book:  Bridge to Terabithia
Author:  Katherine Paterson
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0060734015
Summary:  A boy and girl build a magic kingdom and a friendship, which tragedy disrupts. Also includes
details of Washington, D.C.

Book:  How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark
Author:  Rosalyn Schanzer
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0792267263
Summary:  Through quotes from the travelers' own journals and plenty of colorful, thoroughly
artwork, you'll relive hair-raising adventures and narrow escapes as Virginia-born Lewis
and Clark make the famous Voyage of Discovery that opened the West.

Book:  Grandpa’s Mountain
Author:  Carol Reeder
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1421404981
Summary:  When 11-year-old Carrie arrives for her annual visit with her grandparents, she finds that
her favorite place in the world is threatened because the government wants Grandpa's land
for the new Shenandoah National Park.

Book:  John Smith Escapes Again
Author:  Rosalyn Schanzer
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0792259305
Summary:  John Smith, the man rescued by Pocahontas, was also America’s first superstar! An explorer,
adventurer, writer, and fighter, his amazing life included a whole series of impossibly daring
escapes from slavery, attacks by ruthless sea pirates, ambush by Indians, and more.

Book:  Up a Creek
Author:  Sarah Lewis
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0595310142
Summary:  "Mom wants the kids to get in touch with nature on Earth Day by spending a few hours
on the Chickahominy River. But after a late start and a few wrong turns, Liz and Lew
think the day must be jinxed . . . and they might be right! "Clouds hide the sun, they
lose track of which way's which, and Liz is freaking out. As night falls and it gets colder,
they've got to come up with a plan. Will they find a rescuer way up a creek, wherever
they are?" This book references Kayaking from Chickahominy Riverfront Park in James
City County on Gordon's Creek and the Chickahominy River. The author weaves
information about the history of the area and the Chesapeake Bay ecological system
into the story.
Book:  The Virginia Underground
Author:  Joseph Hicks
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781463615871
Summary:  Fictional adventure story about a nine year old boy who goes looking for his dead father and
travels to many different lands underneath the blue ridge mountains of Virginia.

High School/ Adult:

Book:  America’s Wetland: An Environmental & Cultural History of Tidewater Virginia . . .        
Author:  Roy Sawyer
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0813929217
Summary:  In examining the impact of humans upon this environment, and vice–versa, Sawyer reveals
how our alarming shortsightedness has produced a fragile and endangered present.
Although human manipulation started here as early as ten thousand years ago (coinciding       
with extinction of  mammoths and other megafauna), the environment has been altered
most radically over only the last one hundred years, particularly in regard to land drainage,
deforestation, overfishing, and pollution.
Book:  Birds of Virginia
Author:  Stan Tekiela
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1885061362
Summary:  Learn about and identify birds using Stan Tekiela's state-by-state field guides. The full-page,
color photos are incomparable and include insets of winter plumage, color morphs and
more. Plus, with the easy-to-use format, you don't need to know a bird's name or
classification in order to easily find it in the book. Using this field guide is a real pleasure. It's
a great way for anyone to learn about the birds in your state.
Book:  Byrd’s Line: A Natural History        
Author:  Stephen C. Ausband
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0813921358
Summary:  In 1728, William Byrd, the wealthy, English-educated master of Westover plantation,
undertook a journey with a troop of commissioners, surveyors, and woodsmen to determine
the exact boundary between North Carolina and Virginia. Byrd was not only an indefatigable
explorer but also an amateur naturalist and diarist of considerable skill.

Book:  Chesapeake: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith
Author:  John Page Williams
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1426200694
Summary:  This richly illustrated, informative, and inviting book intertwines two
fascinating stories of discovery. The first, among the earliest classics of New
World adventure, recounts Captain John Smith's exploration of Chesapeake
Bay 400 years ago; the second revisits this stunning landscape as it is
today—both to showcase its still-unspoiled splendors and to issue a timely
warning of looming threats to its vibrant but fragile ecology.
Book:  Chesapeake: The Aerial Photography of Cameron Davidson
Author:  Cameron Davidson and David Fahrenthold
ISBN: 978094162000
Summary:  Cameron Davidson is an aerial and location portrait photographer based in Virginia. His lens
captures the changing seasons traced from the headwaters of the Susquehanna at Otsego Lake in
Cooperstown, New York, to the mouth of the bay at Virginia Beach. Davidson’s poetic pictures
bear witness to the bay's vulnerability and the fragility of its future.
Book:  Conserving the Commonwealth: The Early Years of the Environmental Movement in Virginia
Author:  Margaret T. Peters
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780813927732
Summary:  This history describes the earliest days of Virginia's environmental movement, recounting
the efforts of a farsighted group of leaders to preserve Virginia's priceless resources—open
land, waterways, and historic sites—and to create new parks within reach of all the state's
Book:  The Flora of Virginia         
Author:  Alan S. Weakley, J. Christopher Ludwig, John F. Townsend, and Laura Call Gastinger
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1889878386
Summary:  The Flora of Virginia describes approximately 3,200 taxa in 200 families and
features 1,400 captioned, scaled, and botanically accurate illustrations.
Introductory material includes essays on the natural history and vegetation of
Virginia and a historical account of botanical exploration in the state, as well
as a key to the vascular plant families represented in the Flora. A glossary,
bibliography, and comprehensive index are also provided.
Book:  A Field Guide to Crows Nest
Author:  Hal Wiggins
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781257298969
Summary:  "A Field Guide to Crow's Nest" takes you on an incredible journey to a land that time has
forgotten. Hal Wiggins has worked for over 13 years to document, study, advocate and
protect over 1800 acres of a unique peninsula in Stafford County, Virginia that is surrounded
by a freshwater, tidal estuary. This is a history of Crow's Nest, from its beginnings millions of
years in the past, through Colonial America, the Civil War and the efforts to save it today.
Book:  Freshwater Fishes of Virginia
Author:  Robert E. Jenkins and N. M. Burkhead
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780913235874
Summary:  Conservation is an underlying theme of this book. Within Virginia, 45 species or
subspecies are on the decline. The authors hope that this exhaustive treatment of the
biology, habitat, and distribution of Virginia's fishes will contribute to their restoration
and protection. This book is intended for students, teachers, fishery scientists,
ichthyologists, consulting biologists, archaeologist, environmentalist, engineer,
naturalists, and any other person curious about the freshwater fish fauna of Virginia.
Book:  The Great Valley Road of Virginia
Author:  Warren R. Hofstra, Karl Raitz, Michael N. McConnell, Gabrielle M. Lanier, and Geraldine
Wojno Kiefer
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780813931906
Summary:  The Great Valley Road of Virginia chronicles the story of one of America’s oldest, most
historic, and most geographically significant roads. Emphasized throughout the chapters is a
concern for landscape character and the connection of the land to the people who traveled
the road and to permanent residents, who depended upon it for their livelihoods. Also
included are chapters about the towns supported by the road as well as the relationship of
physical geography (the lay of the land) to the engineering of the road. More than one
hundred maps, photographs, engravings, and line drawings enhance the book’s value to
scholars and general readers alike.
Book:  Knowing My Place Nature and History in the Virginia Piedmont
Author:  Susan Sharpe
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781257281398
Summary:  This book describes the environmental history of a parcel of old pasture and woods in the
piedmont area of northern Virginia. What plants and animals were present at the time of the
European encounter, how have new species been brought in, what has disappeared Nature
has been vibrantly flexible over the last 300 years, but what will global warming bring?
Book:  Natural Bridge (Virginia)
Author:  S. Ren Jehoiakim Ethan
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9786138589082
Summary:  Natural Bridge, known as Natty B by locals, in the eponymous Rockbridge County, Virginia is
a geological formation in which Cedar Creek (a small tributary of the James River) has
carved out a gorge in the mountainous limestone terrain, forming an arch 215 ft (66 m) high
with a span of 90 ft (27 m). It consists of horizontal limestone strata, and is the remains of
the roof of a cave or tunnel through which the creek once flowed. Natural Bridge has been
designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.

Book:  Plants of the Chesapeake Bay: A Guide to Wildflowers, Grasses, Aquatic
Vegetation, Trees, Shrubs, and Other Flora
Author:  Lytton John Musselman   
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1421404981
Summary:  Written by wetland scientists with decades of experience in the Bay’s waterways, this guide includes detailed descriptions and beautiful photographs of the plants most commonly found in the Chesapeake Bay. Grasses, trees, wildflowers, aquatic vegetation—if it grows in the tidal or      near shore regions of the Bay, chances are it is in this book.

Book:  Historic Virginia Gardens
Author:  Margaret Page Bemiss and Roger Foley
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0813926599
Summary:  The gardens highlighted here range in location from the Eastern Shore to
Blacksburg, and date from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first.

Book:  John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages 1607–1609
Author:  Helen C. Roundtree, Wayne E. Clark, Kent Mountford, and Robert A. Carter
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0813927282
Summary:  Captain John Smith's voyages throughout the new world did not end--or, for
that matter, begin--with the trip on which he was captured and brought to the
great chief Powhatan. Partly in an effort to map the region, Smith covered
countless leagues of the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributary rivers, and
documented his experiences. In this ambitious and extensively illustrated
book, scholars from multiple disciplines take the reader on Smith's
exploratory voyages and reconstruct the Chesapeake environment and its
people as Smith encountered them.

Book:  A Naturalist’s Guide to the Virginia Coast
Author:  Curtis J. Badger
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0813922812
Summary:  Among Badger’s goals is to draw the observer outdoors onto the beaches and
tidal flats of the Virginia coast to experience its rich natural diversity
firsthand. And foot-first: Feel the mud between your toes on the tidal flats at
Chincoteague; walk the sandy beach at Back Bay; pedal a bike along the
Cape Henry Trail at First Landing State Park.
Book:  A Passion for Nature: Thomas Jefferson and Natural History
Author:  Keith Stewart Thomson
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781882886265
Summary:  Thomas Jefferson once wrote to a friend that politics was his "duty" but natural history was his
"passion." As this book shows, he was always a man for whom nature was important. With his
devotion to detailed knowledge, precise calculation, and rational enquiry, natural history related
to everything he did, as a farmer, as a philosopher, and as a citizen. For all his gifts in philosophy
and politics and his fascination with the American West, he was never more happy than at home
at Monticello, riding across the fields and experimenting with new crops. The great wonder is
that, in addition to his public life, he had time to be one of American's first serious students of,
among other things, fossils, botany, climate, geology, and anthropology.
Book:  Snakes of Virginia
Author:  Donald W. Linzey and Michael J. Clifford
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0813921549
Summary:  The classic field guide to snakes found in the Old Dominion.

Book:  Remarkable Trees of Virginia
Author:  Nancy Hugo and Robert Llewellyn
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0974270722
Summary:  This stunning collaboration between the noted garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo
and the photographer Robert Llewellyn showcases the fruits of an effort
begun in 2004 to research, locate, and photograph Virginia’s most remarkable
trees. Four years later, more than one thousand trees had been officially
nominated to the project and many others suggested for possible inclusion.
The results, presented in this elegant, four-color volume, are astounding.
Hugo and Kirwan, the project coordinators, have selected a sample of trees
and "tree places" that illustrate the enormous variety, startling beauty, and
fascinating history of Virginia’s trees.

Book:  Salt Tide: Currents of Life and Nature on the Virginia Coast
Author:  Curtis J. Badger and Harry Jaeks
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780881504637
Summary:  Join naturalist Curtis J. Badger as he explores the last unspoiled barrier island ecosystem in
the eastern United States. Badger's own ancestral roots in the region reach back into the
1600s, a legacy that fuels his passion and appreciation for this fragile confluence of land and
sea. A beaded chain of 18 islands separates the inland shore from the Atlantic, and in this
zone of protected waters lives a startling array of plants and animals
Book:  Shenandoah Natural Impressions
Author:  Pat Blackley and Chuck Blackley
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781560372301
Summary:  The rich forests and plentiful waters of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley fill this album of color
photography that focuses on the national park created from one-time farmland turned back
to its natural state.
Book:  Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park
Author:  Hullihen Williams Moore
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780813922263
Summary:  Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park documents one man’s decades-long fascination with
this uniquely beautiful region in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Hullihen Williams Moore has
been visiting Shenandoah National Park since the mid-1960s, but it was after studying with Ansel
Adams in 1979 that he began seriously photographing it.
Book:  Uncommon Wealth: Essays on Virginia’s Wild Places
Author:  Robert M Ridordan
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781560449157
Summary:  From the rugged Appalachians to the Atlantic shore, from the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains
to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia boasts diverse natural wonders amidst its settled
landscapes. In this first-of-its-kind collection of original essays, 20 of Virginia's finest
authors—nature writers, essayists, and journalists—immerse themselves in 20 different
wild places. In essays that range from natural history to social commentary to childhood
memories, their tone varies from reflective to outraged to humorous—each one uniquely
Book:  The Virginia Creeper Trail: Nature and History along Southwest Virginia’s National
Recreation Trail
Author:  Edward Davis and Edward Morgan
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781570720659
Summary:  The 34-mile-long Virginia Creeper Trailer, which runs from Abingdon, Virginia, to the North
Carolina line near Whitetop Mountain, is the most poplar trail in Virginia. Each year the trail
is visited by more than 25,000 bicyclers, hikers, horseback riders, fishermen, bird-watchers,
railroad buffs, and folks just out for a Sunday stroll. The trail offers a convenient and scenic
getaway from the stresses of modern life. This guidebook will enable the user to understand
the trail's origin as an important railroad and the natural world encountered along this
scenic route. With photos, old train schedules, detailed maps, and es-says on geology, trees,
wildflowers, fish, birds, and mammals, the companion will enhance the trail experience for
anyone who travels this route.
Book:  Virginia’s Historic Homes and Gardens
Author:  Pat Blackley and Chuck Blackley
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0760328705
Summary:  From the James River Plantations to the Shenandoah foothills, Virginia’s
Historic Homes and Gardens
celebrates the legendary houses and landscapes
of Old Dominion. Virginia natives, the authors travel throughout the state to
highlight the best of the famous and lesser-known homes. Including such
national landmarks as George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas
Jefferson’s Monticello, the book brilliantly illustrates the homes’ exteriors and
interiors as well as their gardens and landscaping.   Historical details
accompany the exquisite color photographs, along with useful information on
each site’s location.
Book:  Virginia on my Mind
Author:  Guy Friddell
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781560446743
Summary:  From the pristine beaches of the Eastern shore to the misty forests of the Blue Ridge
Mountains, Virginia on My Mind captures the unique beauty and spirit of the Old Dominion.
Book:  Virginia Star Watch The Essential Guide to our Night Sky
Author:  Mike Lynch
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780760324684
Summary:  Written in a folksy, down-to-earth style, this user-friendly guide to the night sky is designed
for beginner and intermediate stargazers ages twelve and up. It begins with chapters
explaining the stars, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies—and what readers can expect to see
from their own backyards with a modicum of equipment. Virginia StarWatch then examines
the major constellations, offering updated tales of the mythology surrounding them and
detailing their seasonal movements in the sky.
Book:  Virginia Wildlife Viewing Guide
Author:  Mark Damian Duda
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781560442929
Summary:  From the world-famous Chesapeake Bay to the Blue Ridge Mountains, bald eagles grace
Virginia's skies, whales migrate along coastal waters, and over 30 species of warblers inhabit
the Commonwealth's forests. This guide will lead you to 80 premier wildlife viewing areas
across Virginia.
Book:  Virginia Wonder and Light
Author:  Ian Plant, Jerry Greer, and Jerry D. Greer
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780967693880
Summary:  Assateague Island, Mt. Rogers, Chesapeake Bay, Great Falls, Shenandoah National Park, Blue
Ridge Parkway, Breaks Interstate Park, and Great Dismal Swamp are among the regional
treasures photographed for this visual journey through Virginia.
Book:  With Paintbrush and Shovel
Author:  Nancy Kober
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0813919690
Summary:  With Paintbrush and Shovel showcases the botanical watercolors of Bessie
Niemeyer Marshall, a Virginia artist who received scant recognition during her
lifetime. Reproduced for the first time in this volume, Marshall's beautiful
paintings are the primary surviving record of a unique WPA project that put
women to work creating a wildflower sanctuary in Petersburg, Virginia, during
the 1930s.

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