Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Citizen Scientist Book Review

Citizen Scientists
Loree Griffin Burns
Photos by Ellen Harasimowicz

Citizen science is ‘the study of our world by the people who live in it” which means YOU!  Kids are drawn to nature and what better place for them to learn about the science all around them. I love when my kids are out exploring and learning with a hands on approach. This book is fascinating  in opening up my young ones eyes to the variety of nature that is in their own backyard during each season of the year.

Spring frogging entices kids to use their senses to listen for the different sounds of various frogs, including a list of common frogs and what their voice sounds like. Meet an amphibian monitor who tracks frogs!

Summer Ladybugging shows us citizens that there are 70 varieties of ladybugs! Amazing details as your young one and you go and explore for ladybugs and learn about them with this book.

Fall spends time looking at butterflies and specifically monarch butterflies and their uniqueness.

Winter is for the birds, or at least watching and recording the ones that happen to be around still in your winter backyard.

Fantastic photos keep the interest of young and old alike as well as show details that you may not see if you don’t get close up.

Resources in the back of the book provide additional places to research if you want to delve deeper into one of the seasons.

I highly recommend this book for homeschoolers, fantastic focus on one animal group each season and works great for elementary students.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. Sounds like a great year of learning about nature. Might be fun even for non homeschoolers.

  2. Sounds like a great book-my kiddos would love it!