Holiday Gift Guide: Nature Books

This year’s Nature holiday gift guide is filled with visually-stunning and awe-inspiring books. From the quest to find every penguin in the world to the ecosystems of the Salish Sea, from a gorgeously illustrated book for birders to an inspiring orca rescue story, there’s something for every nature lover on your list!

by BirdNote; Illustrated by Emily Poole; Edited by Ellen Blackstone

This beautiful gift book features entertaining and informative essays from the popular public radio program, BirdNote, accompanied by gorgeous full-color illustrations throughout–an illuminating volume for bird and nature lovers across North America. An excellent gift for the birder in your family!



Pacific Flyway
by Audrey DeLella Benedict, Geoffrey A. Hammerson and Robert W. Butler

The migratory waterbirds of the Pacific Flyway convert food, air, and water into a mileage plan that has few equals in the animal world. Set against a backdrop of stunning images from more than 120 internationally acclaimed photographers, this book shares the amazing stories of these migrants–a cast of characters that includes shorebirds, seabirds, and waterfowl.


The Breath of a Whale
by Leigh Calvez

A Silver Nautilus Book Award Winner, this book is an ode to marine life and the natural world, with essays that reveal the elusive lives of whales in the Pacific Ocean—home to orcas, humpbacks, blue, gray, and sperm whales. Here are the stories of nature’s most remarkable creatures, including the familial orcas in the waters of Washington State and British Columbia; the migratory humpbacks; the ancient, deep-diving blue whales, the largest animals on the planet.


Every Penguin in the World
by Charles Bergman

Both a love letter and a call to action, this narrative and photographic book chronicles the author and his wife in their quest to see every penguin species on the planet. In the process, he muses about adventure, conservation, and what it is about penguins that captures our hearts.




The Salish Sea
by Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos

In stunning color photographs, and compelling stories, this keepsake book reveals the Salish Sea, a unique ecosystem home to thousands of different species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and macro-invertebrates. This fascinating visual journey through the Salish Sea combines a scientist’s inquiring mind, dazzling full-color photographs, and a lively narrative of fascinating stories.


The Hidden Lives of Owls
by Leigh Calvez

A New York Times bestseller, PNBA bestseller, and Washington State Book Award Finalist, naturalist Leigh Calvez explores the night forest to uncover the secret lives of eleven prevalent owl species—an illuminating book for birders, animal lovers, and readers of H is for Hawk. Journey into the lives of these strange and majestic creatures.



The Spirit of Springer
by Amanda Abler; Illustrated by Levi Hastings

A compelling nonfiction picture book about the remarkable rescue of an orphaned orca calf, Springer (A73), whose story captured the hearts of whale lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest. This is a hopeful and celebratory conservation story with a happy ending and includes 5 pages of illustrated extras to go deeper into Springer’s story.



Explore the Salish Sea
by Joseph K. Gaydos and Audrey DeLella Benedict

Filled with beautiful photography and engaging text, Explore the Salish Sea inspires children to explore the unique marine ecosystem that encompasses the coastal waters from Seattle’s Puget Sound up to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Georgia Strait of British Columbia.