A Field Guide to Spring Play and Learn in Nature

Gabby Dawnay, Dorien Brouwers, Louise Black

A charming series inspired by the Forest School movement, teaching 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 around in the mud, identify birds' eggs, and build your own nest. Discover how tadpoles transform into frogs and why rainbows appear in the sky.

The first in the Wild By Nature series, A Field Guide to Spring features lyrical poems, hands-on crafts and activities, scientific facts, and identifier pages to help children find different plants and animals. 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 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

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 BookAwards, and was shortlisted for the Bologna Children's Book Fair 55th Illustrators Exhibition.

Louise Black

Contributions By

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