A Field Guide to Autumn Play and Learn in Nature

Gabby Dawnay, Dorien Brouwers, Louise Black

A pocket-sized introduction to the wonders of autumn that combines hands-on activities, facts about flora and fauna, and poetry to read in the wild.

A Field Guide to Autumn is a pocket-sized introduction to autumn. 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!

Go berry picking, make art out of fallen leaves, identify mushrooms, and build a woodland den. Discover why the weather changes in autumn and how animals prepare for winter.

This book features lyrical poems, hands-on crafts and activities, scientific facts, and identifier pages to help children spot different spiders, leaves, and fungi. 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.


Gabby Dawnay


Gabby Dawnay is a writer and poet. She is the author of over twenty 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

Illustrated By

Dorien Brouwers is an award-winning illustrator and author from the Netherlands. Based in the United Kingdom, 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

Contributions By

Louise Black is a deputy headteacher who holds her Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification. She is passionate about the outdoors and runs regular Forest School sessions and supports providing outdoor learning for all children.