A New Zealand Nature Journal will teach you how to keep a nature journal to record your amazing discoveries.

Have you ever noticed that ladybirds have different numbers of spots? Or that leaves can be pointed or round, long or short, soft or hard? There is so much to explore in the natural world. And keeping a nature journal is the best way to record all your amazing discoveries.


Sandra Morris is an author and illustrator from New Zealand. She gained her Masters in Fine Arts in 1990 where she completed her first picture book, One Lonely Kakapo, which won her the Russell Clark award for illustration in 1992. She has since written and illustrated Discovering New Zealand Birds, which was a finalist in both the Aim Children’s Book Awards and the Non Fiction Library awards. Sandra also holds a Graduate Diploma in Plant and Wildlife Illustration from the University of Newcastle, Australia. It was while she was in Australia that she developed a love for field sketching and this work has been exhibited in museums and galleries. Sandra also runs her own illustration agency promoting New Zealand illustrators overseas. Sensational Survivors was her first book with Walker Books. It was a finalist in both the Non-Fiction category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, 2011; and the Elsie Locke (Non Fiction) Award, LIANZA Children’s Book Awards, 2011; and also named as a Notable Young Adult Fiction, Storylines Notable Books List, 2011.


A beautifully designed guide to keeping a nature journal.

School Library Journal

…this is an attractive book with creative and imaginative ideas to spark curiosity about the natural world and to record observations in an interesting manner.

Reading Time

Packed with ideas and examples of the beauty to be found in New Zealand’s outdoors and how to record the discoveries. Inspirational!


Overall it is a lovely book and an excellent one for your young nature-lovers bookshelf.

Booksellers NZ Blog

As much an exercise in artistic expression as naturalistic observation, Morris’ lovely guide encourages kids to explore and appreciate the world around them.



LIANZA Elsie Locke Non-fiction Award
New Zealand Book Awards, Children’s Choice, Non-fiction
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