OARS

California

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

Kids

Books for

Sierra Nevada, Yosemite, Gold Rush History and Northern California

Essential Reading

Item EXCAL172. Buy these 4 items as a set for $75 including shipping, 15% off the retail price.
With free shipping on anything else you order.

ADD SET
TO BOOKBAG

My First Summer in the Sierra

My First Summer in the Sierra

by John Muir

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 353 PAGES

Muir's original account of a summer in Yosemite and surrounding High Sierras, based on his youthful notebooks of the summer of 1869. (CAL47, $14.00)

Assembling California

Assembling California

by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of scientist Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California. (USW187, $17.00)

Rivers of California

Rivers of California

by Tim Palmer

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 186 PAGES

California contains an extensive river system, which cover more than 194,000 miles. Through 176 gorgeous photographs and complementary text, Palmer introduces readers to a variety of waterways, from small to large and from drought to flood. (CAL424, $39.95)

California Map

California Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2014
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of California, shown at a scale of 1:1,100,000. (CAL55, $9.95)

 
Yosemite National Park Map

Yosemite National Park Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

A detailed, topographic map of Yosemite, shown at a scale of 1:80,000. Pinted on tear- and water-resistant paper. (CAL40, $11.95)

Eyewitness Guide California

Eyewitness Guide California


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 632 PAGES

A literate, visually rich guide to the Golden State, featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of California's attractions with a particular focus on San Francisco and Los Angeles. (USW146, $30.00)

Falcon Guide, Hiking the Sierra Nevada

Falcon Guide, Hiking the Sierra Nevada


by Barry Parr

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A practical guide to hiking in the Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite, Sequoia and King's Canyon. It features descriptions of 96 hikes, maps, black-and-white photographs, and practical information. (CAL71, $27.95)

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide


by John Shaw

  • REFERENCE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

An updated edition of Shaw's guide to taking better photographs of plants, animals and landscapes. The book offers solid advice on equipment and basic techniques, and is highly recommended as the best reference for the wildlife photographer. (PHT01, $24.99)

Moon Handbook Northern California

Moon Handbook Northern California


by Kim Weir

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 600 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to northern California, with a wealth of practical information and coverage of local history, culture and nature. (CAL60, $23.99)

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park


by Steven P. Medley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 120 PAGES

Published by the Yosemite Association, this slim guide includes practical information on activities, hiking trails, wildlife and history. (CAL51, $12.95)

The Complete Whitewater Rafter

The Complete Whitewater Rafter


by Jeff Bennett

  • REFERENCE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

A popular, practical guide to whitewater rafting, with information on preparing for your trip, choosing equipment, safety and rescue, the history of rafting, as well as introductions to water currents and rapid classifications. (OCE59, $17.95)

The New Art of Photographing Nature

The New Art of Photographing Nature


by Martha Hill | Art Wolfe

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

An elegant how-to book, featuring 250 photographs by nature photographer Art Wolfe and insightful commentary by Martha Hill, a former photo editor at Audubon magazine. (PHT02, $29.99)

California the Beautiful

California the Beautiful


by Galen Rowell

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 159 PAGES

Rowell's exquisite photographs are accompanied by excerpts from Joan Didion, M.F.K. Fisher, Jack London, William Saroyan and many other luminaries in this celebration of the nature and spirit of California. (CAL277, $19.95)

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California


by J. S. Holliday

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An illustrated, oversize history of the California Gold Rush and its effects by a noted expert, covering the 1830's through the 1890's and packed with more than 200 illustrations and archival photographs. (USW190, $41.95)

River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America

River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America


by William Least Heat-Moon

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 506 PAGES

William Heat-Moon and a small crew travel westward across the rivers of America in a dual-outward boat dubbed "River-Horse." (USM117, $16.00)

The Mountains of California

The Mountains of California


by John Muir

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

The classic account by the pioneering conservationist of Yosemite and lesser-known regions of the Sierra Nevada. Muir's tribute includes his commentary on the glaciers, geology and natural history of the region. (USW368, $15.00)

Bret Harte's Gold Rush, Outcasts of Poker Flat, The Luck of Roaring Camp, Tennessee's Partner and Other Favorites

Bret Harte's Gold Rush, Outcasts of Poker Flat, The Luck of Roaring Camp, Tennessee's Partner and Other Favorites


by Bret Harte | Reuben H. Margolin

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 178 PAGES

In the 1860s and 70s, a former stagecoach messenger named Bret Harte dazzled the literary world with his tales of Gold Rush-era California. These 15 rough-and-tumble stories include some of the best he ever wrote. (CAL78, $13.95)

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest

Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest


by Katharine Berry Judson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

First collected in 1910, these age-old stories include revealing myths and creation narratives alongside noted geographical features of the territory. Presented with 52 photographs. (PNW17, $14.95)

Natural State, A Literary Anthology of California Nature Writing

Natural State, A Literary Anthology of California Nature Writing


by Steven Gilbar

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Divided by ecological region, this book is a literary tour of California's unrivaled natural diversity, featuring essays and excerpts by such great writers as Barry Lopez, Gretel Ehrlich and John McPhee. Gary Snyder provided the afterword. (CAL101, $30.95)

The Literature of California, Vol. 1

The Literature of California, Vol. 1


by Jack Hicks | Al Young | James D. Houston | Maxine Hong Kingston

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 653 PAGES

A best-of anthology of California writing, pre-1945. (CAL102, $34.95)

The Valley of the Moon

The Valley of the Moon


by Jack London

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 425 PAGES

In part a tribute to his wife and rural life on his ranch in Glen Ellen, London's California novel follows Billy and Saxon Roberts from Oakland to Sonoma, where they strive to live independently off the land. (CAL169, $28.95)

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities

An Island Called California, An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities


by Elna S. Bakker

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 484 PAGES

An introduction to the ecology and wildlife of the Golden State, this volume is filled with photographs illustrating a variety plants, animals and geological features found throughout the deserts, forests and coastline of California. (CAL11, $28.95)

Introduction to Water in California

Introduction to Water in California


by David Carle

  • SCIENCE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An accessible scientific overview, now in its second edition. Carle discusses California's rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams and aqueducts, as well as its current water crisis and the impact of climate change. (CAL432, $29.95)

Rivers of America

Rivers of America


by Tim Palmer

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER

Palmer celebrates the natural history of America's waterways in 200 dazzling color photographs and accompanying incisive essays on the vital role of rivers. A Discovery Channel Book Club. (NAT148, $45.00)

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion

Sierra Nevada, The Naturalist's Companion


by Verna Johnston

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

This portrait of the Sierra Nevada has been a favorite among naturalists since first being published in 1970. Recently updated to reflect ecological research, it's a lyrical tour of the wildlife, plants and landscapes. (CAL46, $29.95)

The Klamath Knot

The Klamath Knot


by David Rains Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER

The 20th-anniversary edition of Wallace's celebrated meditation on the natural history, myth and meaning of the Klamath mountains of northern California and southern Oregon. (CAL251, $29.95)

Yosemite, an American Treasure

Yosemite, an American Treasure


by Kenneth Brower

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

An overview of Yosemite National Park, presented in the style of National Geographic style with 120 color photographs and text by Kenneth Brower. A volume in the National Geographic Park Profiles series. (CAL43, $16.00)

Mac's Field Guide to Yosemite National Park: Birds and Mammals

Mac's Field Guide to Yosemite National Park: Birds and Mammals


by Craig MacGowan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided, laminated card features color drawings of the birds and mammals commonly found in Yosemite National Park. (CAL48, $4.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna. (CAL07, $22.95)

Sierra Nevada Natural History

Sierra Nevada Natural History


by Tracy I. Storer | Robert L. Usinger | David Lukas

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

An old-fashioned comprehensive guide to 750 species of mammals, plants, insects, fish, birds and amphibians throughout the Sierra Nevadas. (CAL53, $29.95)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird. (USW418, $19.95)

Yosemite Wildlife

Yosemite Wildlife


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, laminated fold-up card featuring 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. (USW499, $6.95)

More Recommendations

Here are some other groups of books that might be of interest