Wilderness Library


Following is my recommended reading list of books that I have read, reread, enjoyed and learned from. I’ve separated the list into four categories to better serve your interests.


Wilderness Skills

  1. Wilderness Survival by Elbroch & Pewtherer

  2. Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen

  3. How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier

  4. Out on the Land by Mears & Falt

  5. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival by Tom Brown Jr.

  6. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Living with the Earth by Tom Brown Jr.

  7. Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury

  8. Advanced Bushcraft by Dave Canterbury

  9. Fire Making by Daniel Hume

Nature Connection

  1. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees

  2. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb

  3. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants by Tom Brown Jr.

  4. Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants by Foster & Duke

  5. Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants by Lee Allen Peterson

  6. Peterson Field Guide to Animal Tracks by Olaus J. Murie

  7. Mammals Tracks & Sign by Mark Elbroch

  8. Tracking & the Art of Seeing by Paul Revendes

  9. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation & Tracking by Tom Brown Jr.

  10. Stokes Nature Guide to Nature in Winter by Donald Stokes

  11. Stokes Nature Guide to Observing Insect Lives by Donald Stokes

  12. Golden Guide to Bird Life by Stephen W. Kress

  13. Peterson Field Guide to Birds by Roger Tory Peterson

  14. Peterson Field Guide to Bird’s Nests by Hal H. Harrison

  15. Bird Feathers by Scott & McFarland

  16. What the Robin Knows by Jon Young

  17. Keeping a Nature Journal by Leslie & Roth

  18. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to the Forgotten Wilderness by Tom Brown Jr.


  1. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

  2. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

  3. Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat

  4. A Year in the Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich

  5. The Trees in my Forest by Bernd Heinrich

  6. Northern Wilderness by Ray Mears

  7. Tales of an Empty Cabin by Grey Owl

  8. The Final Frontiersman by James Campbell

  9. Winter by Rick Bass

  10. The Book of Yaak by Rick Bass

  11. Living on the Wild Edge by Paul Revendes

Nature for Children

  1. The Bumper Book of Nature by Stephen Moss

  2. The Curious Nature Guide by Clare Walker Leslie

  3. The Nature Connection by Clare Walker Leslie

  4. Animal Tracker by Jim Arnosky

  5. Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children by Tom Brown Jr.

  6. The Young Birder’s Guide by Bill Thompson III

  7. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting to Nature by Young, Haas, and McGown

  8. How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson

  9. Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

  10. The Nature Principle by Richard Louv

A good book enlightens and empowers your mind, and it is worth reading over again and again – new lessons are learned and new perceptions are acquired.
— Dr T. P. Chia