On My Bookshelf


I can never have enough books. Though the public library is a valuable asset to any community, I always have overdue fines because I never return books on time. It’s actually another case of my nature distraction disorder–only book related.

Thankfully, we have an independent bookstore, Bridgton Books, that feeds my reading habit. Justin and Pam Ward are the owners. They, and their sidekick Sue, keep adding to the choices and go out of their way to help me find books that may not be in stock so that I can continue to add to my bookshelves.

Below is an array of books that I reference frequently. The list will continue to grow. I’ve not included all here and I know I’ll continue to purchase more, so check back every once in a while. And if you have a recommendation, please share it with me.

Tracking and the Art of Seeing, Paul Rezendes
Mammal Tracks and Sign, Mark Elbroch
Field Guide to Tracking Animals in Snow, Louise R. Forrest
Guide to Animal Tracking and Behavior, Donald and Lillian Stokes
Peterson Field Guides: Animal Tracks, Olaus J. Murie and Mark Elbroch
Peterson Field Guides: Mammals, William H. Burt and Richard P. Grossenheider
Trackards and Companion Guide to the Trackards, David Brown
Track Finder, Dorcas S. Miller
Scat and Tracks of the Northeast, James C. Halfpenny
Tracking and Reading Sign, Len McDougall
Critters of Maine, Ann McCarthy
The Tracker’s Field Guide, James C. Lowery
The SAS Guide to Tracking, Bob Carss
Lonesome Bears, Linda Jo Hunter                                                                                                       Bear Aware, Bill Schneider
The Hidden Life of Deer, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas                                                                     The Science and Art of Tracking, Tom Brown, Jr.                                                                             National Geographic Guide: Great Mammals, Carolinda Hill                                                         Golden Nature Guide: Mammals, Herbert S. Zim and Donald F. Hoffmeister                       Golden Science Guide: Zoology, R. Will  Burnett, Harvey I. Fisher and Herbert S. Zim         The Raccoon Book, Katharyn Machan Aal                                                                                         Raccoons  (for kids), Jeff Fair                                                                                                               Foxes (for kids), Judy Schuler                                                                                                             Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer, Mary Holland                                                                                 Stories in Tracks & Sign, Diane K. Gibbons

A Guide to Nature in Winter, Donald W. Stokes
Winter World, Bernd Heinrich
Weeds and Wildflowers in Winter, Lauren Brown
Winter Weed Finder, Dorcas S. Miller
Winter Tree Finder, May T. Watts and Tom Watts                                                                            Life in the Cold, Peter J. Marchand

Maine Amphibians and Reptiles, edited by Malcom L. Hunter, Aram J.K. Calhoun and Mark McCollough
A Field Guide to Vernal Pools, Leo P. Kenney and Matthew R. Burne
Swampwalker’s Journal, David M. Carroll
Maine Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants, Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program  Take a Wetlands Walk, Jane Kirkland                                                                                                 Bogs and Fens: A Guide to the Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, Ronald B. Davis

Lichens of the North Woods, Joe Walewski

Fascinating Fungi, Lawrence Millman
Mycophilia, Eugenia Bone

Princeton Field Guides: Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians, Karl B. McKnight, Joseph R. Rohrer, Kirsten McKnight Ward and Warren J. Perdrizet
Gathering Moss, Robin Wall Kimmerer                                                                                             Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts, Ralph Pope

Fern Finder, Anne C. Hallowell and Barbara G. Hallowell
Northeast Ferns, Steve W. Chadde
Peterson Field Guides: Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America, Boughton Cobb, Cheryl Lowe and Elizabeth Farnsworth

The Stars, H.A. Rey
National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Night Sky
Constellation Finder, Dorcas S. Miller                                                                                              National Geographic Society’s Pocket Guide: Constellations                                                           Signposts to the Stars, George Philip                                                                                                  Golden Nature Guide: Stars, Herbert S. Zim and Robert H. Baker                                                Sky, Marfé Ferguson Delano                                                                                                                 Earth, Sea & Sky, Tom Stacy                                                                                                                  Eyewitness Science: Astronomy, Kristen Lippencott

Peterson Field Guides: Insects, Donald J. Borror and Richard E. White                                       Asian Longhorned Beetle and its Host Trees, The University of Vermont                                   Golden Nature Guide: Insect Pests, George S. Fitcher                                                                     National Geographic Guide: Wonder Bugs, Marfé Ferguson Delano                                             My Little Book of Bugs, Maida Silverman

Butterflies and Moths                                                                                                                    Butterflies, Linda Sonntag                                                                                                                   Butterflies and Moths, Dr. Walter Robert Corti

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, David Allen Sibley
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, edited by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
Birds of North America, Chandler S. Robbins, Bertel Bruun, Herbert S. Zim and Arthur Singer
Birds of Maine, Stan Tekiela                                                                                                                 Birds of Prey of the Northeast, Stan Tekiela
Beginner’s Guide to Birds: Eastern Region, Donald and Lillian Stokes                                   Common Bird Songs, Donald J. Borror
The Nesting Season, Bernd Heinrich
The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner
The Geese of Beaver Bog, Bernd Heinrich
What Robin Knows, Jon Young                                                                                                             Birds & Blooms: Name that Bird                                                                                                      OWLS of the NORTH, David Benson                                                                                                The HIDDEN LIVES of OWL, Leigh Calvez

Rocks and Minerals
Roadside Geology of Maine, D. W. Caldwell
Rocks and Minerals, Herbert S. Zim
National Audubon Society Pocket Guide: Familiar Rocks and Minerals of North America
A Collector’s Guide to Maine Mineral Locations, W.B. Thompson, D.L. Joyner, R.G. Woodman and V.T. King
The Granite Landscape, Tom Wessels
The Granite Kiss, Kevin Gardner
Stone by Stone, Robert M. Thorson
Exploring Stone Walls, Robert M. Thorson
Sermons in Stone, Susan Allport                                                                                                     Eyewitness Books: Rocks and Minerals, Dr. R. F. Symes                                                                 CAIRNS Messengers in Stone, David B. Williams

Reading the Forested Landscape, Tom Wessels
Bark, Michael Wojtech
Forest Trees of Maine, The Maine Forest Service
The Tree Identification Book, George W.D. Symonds
Trees and Their World, John Day
The Trees in My Forest, Bernd Heinrich
Fruit Key and Twig Key to Trees and Shrubs, William Harlow
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region
What’s that Tree?, Tony Russell
Peterson First Guides: Trees, George A. Petrides
Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Forest, John Kricher and Gordon Morrison
The Complete Trees of North America, Thomas S. Elias
Trees: An Illustrated Identifier and Encyclopedia, Tony Russell and Catherine Cutler
Weeds of the Woods, Glen Blouin
National Audubon Society Pocket Guide: Familiar Trees of North America East, edited by Ann H. Whitman
Forest Forensics, Tom Wessels
The Northeast’s Changing Forest, Lloyd C. Irland
The Interrupted Forest, Neil Rolde
American Canopy, Eric Rutkow                                                                                                           Winter Tree Finder, May Theilgaard Watts and Tom Watts                                                           New England Forests Through Time, David R. Foster and John F. O’Keefe                                 Trees and Shrubs of Northern New England, Frederic L. Steele and Albion R. Hodgdon         Nuts and Berries of New England, Tom Seymour                                                                             The Woods in Your Backyard: A Homeowner’s Guide, Christine R. Parrish                                 Shrubs of the Northern New England Forest, Michael L. Cline                                                       The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben                                                                                       Lab Girl, Hope Jahren                                                                                                                           A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast, Mark Mikolas

Flowers and Weeds
Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Lawrence Newcomb
National Audubon Field Guide to Wildflowers: Eastern Region, revised by John W. Thieret
How to Identify Plants, H.D. Harrington
Never Say It’s Just A Dandelion, Hilary Hopkins
Botany in a Day, Thomas J. Elpel
Wild Plants of Maine, Tom Seymour
New England Mountain Flowers, Jeff Wallner and Mario T. DiGregorio
Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants, Richard Maybe
Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer                                                                                 National Geographic Guide: Wildflowers, Marfé Ferguson Delano                                             Weeds and Wildflowers in Winter, Lauren Brown                                                                         Usborne Mysteries and Marvels of Plant Life, Barbara Cork                                                         Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary, James G. Harris & Melinda Woolf Harris                                                                                                                                          The Secrets of Wildflowers, Jack Sanders

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes                                                                                                              How to Identify Grasses and Grasslike Plants, H.D. Harrington                                                   Field Guide to the Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of the United States, Edward Knobel

Natural History                                                                                                                                 Reading Rural Landscapes: A Field Guide to New England’s Past, Robert Sanford
A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
Natural Landscapes of Maine, Susan Gawler and Andrew Cutko
North Woods, Peter J. Marchand
Naturally Curious, Mary Holland                                                                                                        Naturally Curious: Day by Day, Mary Holland                                                                                 Nature Anatomy, Julia Rothman with John Niekrasz
Discovering Nature in New England’s Mountains, Ed Frost
Call of the Northwoods, David C. Evers and Kate M. Taylor
National Audubon Field Guide to New England, Peter Alden et al.
Nature Guide to the Northern Forest, Peter J. Marchand
Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits, Nancy G. Slack and Allison W. Bell
Circle of the Seasons, Edwin Way Teale
The Wild Out Your Window, Sy Montgomery
A Field Guide to Your Own Backyard, John Hanson Mitchell                                                   Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Forest, John Kricher and Gordon Morrison                           Exploring Spring, Sandra Markles                                                                                                       The Kid’s Nature Almanac, Alison Smith                                                                                           The Beginning Naturalist, Gale Lawrence                                                                                       The Natural Navigator, Tristan Gooley                                                                                             The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, Tristan Gooley                                                                 The Sense of Wonder, Rachel Carson, edited by Nick Kelsh                                                           A Year in the Maine Woods, Bernd Heinrich                                                                                     A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm, Edwin Way Teale                                                                         Northern Farm, Henry Beston                                                                                                             The Forest Unseen, David George Haskell                                                                                         A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson                                                                                                         The Maine Woods, Henry David Thoreau, edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer                                     Walden, Henry David Thoreau                                                                                                           The Thoreau You Don’t Know, Robert Sullivan                                                                                 A Field Guide to the Familiar, Gale Lawrence                                                                                 The Nature of Maine, Marion J. Bradshaw                                                                                       Tales of a Homemade Naturalist: The Maine Diaries of Herbert M.W. Haven, Philip Morrill Love Letter to the Earth, Thich Nhat Hanh                                                                                       Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town, Susan Hand Shetterly                                   The Path, Chet Raymo                                                                                                                           The Edge of the Sea, Rachel Carson                                                                                                     Cabin, Lou Ureneck                                                                                                                             Exploring Caves: Journeys into the Earth, Nancy Holler Aulenback and Hazel A. Barton with Marfé Ferguson Delano                                                                                                                Earth in the Hot Seat: Bulletins From a Warming World, Marfé Ferguson Delano                  Two Farms: Essays on a Maine Country Life, Janet Galle                                                               We Took To The Woods, Louise Dickinson Rich                                                                               The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories, Don Perkins                                                          Sailing On The Ice: And Other Stories from the Old Squire’s Farm, C. A. Stephens                     Into the Field Guide: A Walk in the Woods, Emily Laber-Warren                                                 The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, Kathryn Aalto                                                                   How to tell the Birds from the Flowers and other wood-cuts, Robert Williams Wood

Sharing Nature with Children, Joseph Cornell (and the newly revised & expanded version)
Nature Notes: Bite-Sized Learning and Projects for All Ages, Judy Burris and Wayne Richard
The Little Hands Nature Book, Nancy Fusco Castuldo
Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv
The Nature Principle, Richard Louv                                                                                                   Outdoor Education: A Manual for Teaching in Nature’s Classroom, Michael Link                   Fostering a Sense of Wonder During the Early Childhood Years, Ruth A. Wilson

Keeping a Nature Journal, Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, Edith Holden                                                               The Naturalist’s Path: Beginning the Study of Nature, Cathy Johnson

Animal Sketching, Alexander Calder
Sketching Out of Doors, Leonard Richmond
The Complete Sketching Book, John Hamilton

Local History and Lore                                                                                                                       Living, Learning, And Worshiping: Buildings of Sweden, Maine, 1813-1913, Sweden Historical Society                                                                                                                                 Blueberries and Pusley Weed: The Story of Lovell, Maine, Pauline W. Moore                           Lovewell’s Town: Lovell, Maine, Robert C. Williams                                                                     Bridgton, Maine 1768-1994: An updated Bicentennial history, Bridgton Historical Society Images of America: Bridgton, Ned Allen                                                                                   Rediscovering Bridgton’s Main Street, Judith L. Blake                                                                     A View of Bridgton Past and Present, Bridgton Public Library                                                     Bridgton & Saco River: A Pictorial Journey, Peter S. Barney                                                         Images of America: Lake Region, Diane and Jack Barnes                                                             Fryeburg Fair: First 150 Years, 1851-2000, Penny Hathaway, editor                                         Everything Happened Around the Switchboard: Bryant Pond Telephone Company, Michael R. Hathaway                                                                                                                                         Vacationland: A Half Century of Summering in Maine, David E. Morine                                     Good Dirt: Confessions of a Conservationist, David E. Morine                                                       State O’ Maine, Lousie Dickinson Rich                                                                                               Take My Hand: Ten Days on the Cumberland and Oxford Canal, Harold Titcomb                   The Nature of Maine, Marion J. Bradshaw                                                                                         Maine Ghosts and Legends, Thomas Verde                                                                                       The Scalp Hunters: Abenaki Ambush At Lovewell Pond – 1725, Alfred E. Kayworth and Raymond G. Potvin                                                                                                                               Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki, Kerry Hardy

4 thoughts on “On My Bookshelf

  1. Leigh, this list in incredible! The last few lines have gotten garbled, tho’. It’s just a formatting question. I think that Calder’s book is “Animal Sketching”, the Richmond book is “Sketching Out of Doors”, and the Hamilton book is “The Complete Sketching Book”. I think I have a couple of books that you don’t, but I have a 16 lb cat resting on my forearms at the moment!

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    1. Hi Ann, I welcome your suggestions for books. Can never have enough 🙂 Until it’s time to sell the house and move, right? And yes, I added those sketching books as an after thought and wondered if they would be garbled. I’ll either fix that or delete them. Thanks for letting me know and thanks for your continued support of this blog.


  2. Great list! Many of my favorites are listed – and many more to look for. Thank you!

    Three others I absolutely love are “Bird Feathers” by Scott &McFarland, “Bird Track & Sign” by Elbroch, and “Tracks and Sign of Insects” by Eiseman and Charney.

    Just found your blog and looking forward to many hours of fun.


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. And thanks for book suggestions. We can never have enough books . . . or time to spend wondering and wandering. Just curious–how did you find the blog? I hope you’ll return often and share with family and friends.


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