I’m very pleased to announce that pre-orders for my new book Take this Book for a Walk are now open.
Take this Book for a Walk is a step-by-step guide to nature journaling, written in a friendly, simple style for kids and adults. It includes 33 nature journaling activities and many samples of my own nature journals for encouragement and inspiration. Printed on high-quality ‘colouring book’ paper, Take this Book for a Walk is designed for you to draw and write directly into the book to create your own unique nature journal.
Over the last four years it’s been my joy and privilege to teach nature journaling to many kids and adults. Those of you who’ve come along to my workshops have also taught me a lot about how to approach this wonderful activity and introduce it to others. The international nature journaling community is also growing by the day, and I’ve also taken many insights and inspirations from other nature journaling enthusiasts across the world.
My first book on this subject was Make a Date with Nature: An introduction to Nature Journaling, self-published in 2016. Make a Date with Nature was only meant to be a collection of class notes to accompany the workshops I began to teach that year, and to introduce nature journaling to as wide an audience as possible. For this reason Make a Date with Nature has always been available as a free ebook to download from my website.
Yet Make a Date with Nature seems to have found an appreciative audience, as folks continue to purchase print copies. This humble little book has already been reprinted three times in its short life (and it looks like I’ll need to order more copies soon!). Partly for this reason, I have taken some sections of Make a Date with Nature and included them in Take this Book for a Walk with minimal editing. This is because I felt I couldn’t improve upon these descriptions of what nature journaling is, or why do it, or the importance of ‘seeing’, which seem to resonate with many readers.
But Take this Book for a Walk includes many new ideas, illustrations and adventures. Best of all, it includes plenty of space for you to add your own drawings and writings, and thus create your own unique nature journal.
Take this Book for a Walk is also the first book that I’ve published that includes colour illustrations in the internal pages. I can’t tell you how much of a thrill it is for me to finally reach the point where I can afford to print books in colour and know that they will be received by an appreciative and supportive audience! Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me on my journey so far, from ditching my ‘real’ job in 2015 to releasing my 6th self-published book in 2020. It’s been an amazing ride and I couldn’t have done it without you.