The beautifully illustrated guide to local animals and plants is easy to take along on summer trips.

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Encourage outdoor exploration and provide a summer teaching moment — without your kids even knowing it — with the “Curious Kids Nature Guide.”

The new book contains 100 beautiful, and scientifically accurate, illustrations by Marni Fylling of plants and animals found in the Pacific Northwest’s forests, beaches, fresh-water areas and urban environments.

Area resident Fiona Cohen’s descriptions of the flora and fauna are short, clear and fun, with lots of kids-friendly facts that will stick in their brains (and yours). And the book is slim enough to slip into a backpack so you can take your lessons with you wherever you roam this summer.

$20 at booksellers