Natural History (Smithsonian)
A comprehensive visual reference of the natural world including over 6,000 species.
When I was a kid I believed that if I could memorize the encyclopedia, I could understand the whole world. Printed encyclopedias are nearly extinct these days, but I recently discovered the Smithsonian Natural History visual reference, a beautiful and comprehensive encyclopedia for the natural world with 600 pages and thousands of photographs. It’s quickly become a favorite in my house and my kids use it constantly; both for school projects and pure discovery of something new about plants, animals, insects and much, much more. Best of all, it’s priced just right at $30. It’s easily the best $30 I’ve spent on my kids in ages.