Nature, science, math, and applied crafts.

Sometimes a book is the best way to visit a place, idea, or possibility. Max wants to know how everything- from the hen to a house to a volcano- works. So the world is our oyster. I used an asterisk to indicate the books which can be found for free online. Because so many great and marvel-inducing things can be found for free online.

  1. A Child’s Story of the Animal World by Edward G. Huey
  2. A Practical Guide for the Amateur Naturalist by Gerald Durrell
  3. A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers by Rita Buchanan
  4. Adventures Of a Young Naturalist by Lucien Biart*
  5. An Alphabet of Quadrupeds*
  6. Arithmetic for Human Beings by Robert Froman
  7. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  8. Birds: Their Life, Their Ways, Their World by Christopher Perrins
  9. Build Your On Underground Root Cellar by Phyllis Hobson
  10. Building A Home by Alexander F. Oakey*
  11. Building Poultry Houses by James Edward Rice*
  12. Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess*
  13. Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess*
  14. By Pond and River by Arabella Buckley*
  15. Canoe and Boat Building by William Picard Stephens*
  16. Chatterbox Stories of Natural History (1880)*
  17. Children’s Stories of the Great Scientists by Henrietta Christian Wright*
  18. Common Weeds of the United States by the US Department of Agriculture
  19. Cottage Building in Cob by Clough William-Ellis*
  20. Country Walks of a Naturalist With His Children by W. Houghton*
  21. Countryside Rambles by W.S. Furneaux*
  22. Creative Quilting with Kids by Maggie Ball
  23. Elementary Geography by Charlotte Mason*
  24. Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works by Levy and Panchyk
  25. Extinct Animals by Sir Edwin Ray Lankester*
  26. Family Math by Stenmark, Thompson, and Cossey
  27. Field Adventures in Paleontology by Lynne M. Clos
  28. Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen
  29. Free-Hand Drawing by Anson Kent Cross*
  30. Great Inventors and Their Inventions by Frank P. Bachman*
  31. Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
  32. Happy Maths: Measurements by Mala Kumar*
  33. Happy Maths: Numbers by Mala Kumar*
  34. Happy Maths: Time and Money by Mala Kumar*
  35. Hodgson’s Modern House-Building by Frederick Thomas Hodgson*
  36. Home Geography for Primary Grades by C.C. Long*
  37. Homemade Contrivances and How to Make Them: 1001 Labor-Saving Devices for Farm, Garden, Dairy, and Workshop
  38. Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
  39. John James Audubon: Writings and Drawings by John James Audubon
  40. Journal of Inventions by Leonardo da Vinci
  41. Keeping A Nature Journal by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth
  42. Little Folks’ Nature Painting Book by Kate Greenaway*
  43. Living Like Indians by Allan A. MacFarlan
  44. Log of the Sun: A Chronicle of Nature’s Year by William Beebe*
  45. Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley*
  46. Math Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams
  47. Mud Matters: Stories From a Mud Lover by Jennifer Owings Dewey
  48. Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler
  49. Number Stories of Long Ago by David Eugene Smith*
  50. Ocean: The World’s Last Wilderness Revealed by The American Museum of Natural History
  51. Old-Time Makers of Medicine by James J. Walsh*
  52. On the Grid by Scott Huler
  53. Peculiar Zoo by Barry Louis Polisar*
  54. Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America by Roger Tory Peterson
  55. Rocks and Minerals, a Smithsonian Handbook by Chris Pellant
  56. Rollo’s Experiments by Jacob Abbott*
  57. Round-About Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy by Frank Richard Stockton*
  58. Rural Hours by Susan Fenimore Cooper*
  59. Rural Science Reader by Samuel Broadfoot McCready*
  60. School of the Woods by William J. Long*
  61. Secrets of the Woodsby William J. Long*
  62. Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make by Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle
  63. Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties and How to Build Them by D.C. Beard (online unillustrated version*)
  64. Singin’, Praisin’, Raisin’: The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book edited by Joyce Green, Casi Best, and Foxfire Students
  65. Small Worlds: Maps and Mapmaking by Karen Romano Young
  66. Smithsonian Handbook: Shells by S. Dance
  67. Snow Crystals by W. A. Bentley
  68. The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
  69. The Building of a Book by Frederick Hills Hitchcock*
  70. The Cave Book by Emil Silvestru
  71. The Einstein Theory of Relativity by H.A. Lorentz*
  72. The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States by Janine M. Benyus
  73. The Foxfire Book edited by Eliot Wigginton and His Students
  74. The Kids Book of the Night Sky by Anne Love and Jane Drake
  75. The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin*
  76. The Life of the Fly by Jean Henri Fabre*
  77. The Naturalist’s Year: 24 Outdoor Explorations by Scott Camazine
  78. The Secret of Everyday Things by Jean Henri Fabre*
  79. The Story of the Art of Building by Percy Leslie Waterhouse*
  80. The Storybook of Science by Jean Henri Fabre*
  81. The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grownups by Gina Ingoglia
  82. The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin by Peter Sis
  83. The Way Life Works by Mahlon Hoagland and Bert Dodson
  84. The Way We Work by David Macaulay
  85. The Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  86. Thoreau at Walden by John Porcellino
  87. Under the Maples by John Burroughs*
  88. Under the Trees and Elsewhere by Hamilton Wright Mabie*
  89. Walking With Henry by Thomas Locker
  90. Ways of Nature by John Burroughs*
  91. Ways of Wood Folk by William J. Long*
  92. Wake-Robin by John Burroughs*
  93. Walking the World in Wonder: A Children’s Herbal by Ellen Evert Hopman
  94. Whitefoot: A Story From the Center of the World by Wendell Berry
  95. Whittling and Woodcarving by E.J. Tangerman
  96. Wild Animals I Have Known: and 200 drawings by Ernest Thompson Seton*
  97. Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz
  98. Wild Life in Woods and Fields by Arabella Buckley*
  99. Wildlife Gardening: How to Bring Birds and Bugs to Your Backyard by Martyn Cox
  100. Woodland Tales by Ernest Thomas Seton*

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