A Field Guide to Spring

Play and learn in nature



ISBN: 9780500653517 Category:

Gabby Dawnay


The first book in the charming new series ‘Wild by Nature’, inspired by the Forest School movement and designed to teach young children how to engage with nature from season to season.

A Field Guide to Spring is a pocket-sized introduction to spring, inspired by the Forest School movement. Building on children’s natural curiosity about the world around them, this book aims to establish a connection with nature at an early age that will go on to last a lifetime!

Hunt for seedlings, squelch about in the mud, identify birds’ eggs and build your own nest. Discover how tadpoles transform into frogs and why rainbows appear in the sky.

This book features lyrical poems, hands-on crafts and activities, scientific facts, and identifier pages to help children spot different animals and plants. Whether a child’s access to nature is in the form of an urban park, a private garden, a field, or a forest, there is so much to discover and experience.

Additional information

Weight 270 g
Dimensions 15.6 x 22.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 21 March 2024
Number of pages 64
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Dorien Brouwers
Dimensions 15.6 x 22.3 cm
Weight 270 g


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Gabby Dawnay is a writer and poet. She is the author of over 20 books for children, including the bestselling If I Had a... series. She is a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine and a scriptwriter for children's television. Dorien Brouwers is an award-winning illustrator and author from the Netherlands. Based in the U.K., she won the Cross Category Award in the 2022 AOI World Illustration Awards, a Gold in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Bologna Children's Book Fair 55th Illustrator's Exhibition. Louise Black is Deputy Headteacher at Griffin Primary School in London and holds her Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification. In Autumn 2019, Louise created a large, on-site Forest School space to provide all students with access to nature.