Illustrated by Barry FallsAges 6-8
Shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize for Nature and Conservation Writing for Children 2022
Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Children's Travel Book of the Year 2022
Join the brilliant Dara McAnulty, winner of the Wainwright Prize for Diary of a Young Naturalist, as he takes you on a nature walk to share in the joy of connecting with the natural world on your multi sensory journey starting just beyond your own front door.
Wild Child: A Journey Through Nature is a beautiful gift book, illustrated in full colour by Barry Falls, and divided into five chapters: looking out of the window, venturing out into the garden, walking in the woods, investigating heathland and wandering on the river bank.
Dara pauses to tell you about each habitat and provides fantastic facts about the native birds, animals and plants you will find there – including wrens, blackbirds, butterflies, tadpoles, bluebells, bees, hen harriers, otters, dandelions, oak trees and many, many more.
Each chapter contains a discovery section where you will get a closer look at natural phenomena such as metamorphoses and migration, learn about categorization in the animal kingdom or become an expert on the collective nouns for birds.
Every chapter ends with an activity to do when you get home - you will be shown how to make a bird feeder, try pond dipping, make a journey stick and build a terrarium and more.
Dara closes the book with his own inspirational advice for young conservationists. This is the perfect guide for an aspiring naturalist.
From the prize-winning young naturalist, this is a dreamy dive into the natural world to thrill wildlife fans of six-plus.
Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian
Dara speaks very directly to child readers, taking them on a personal journey, introducing them to facts and phenomena that fascinate him and encouraging exploration. His love of lore and language as well as his respect for nature shine through in the poetic text which is carefully integrated with the illustrations.
Ann Lazim, Books for Keeps
Naturalist Dara McAnulty helps children explore local habitats, identifying animals and plants. It’s a treasure trove of facts and projects such as making a bird feeder or terrarium.
Charlotte Heathcote, Daily Express