Kylee Baumle’s The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Beloved Butterfly (kindly provided by St Lynn’s Press for review, although of course the opinion expressed herein is my own) has a bit of something for most readers. There’s a naturalist component, a good deal of gardening, and even some crafts and recipes thrown in.
Incidentally, for those of you who might wonder why I am always raving about how wonderful the books from St. Lynn’s Press are, this is one of the reasons. They are just so interesting! While other books might focus on merely gardening for butterflies, or perhaps the life cycle of the monarchs and its migration journey, not Ms. Baumle’s. We get it all.
We also get the best varieties of milkweed to grow, an extremely well-done discussion about why one particular annual milkweed is not really recommended, and a moving story about a tagged butterfly that she found.
She even gives a shout out to the various citizen science projects you can join (including the Million Pollinator Project that I have just finished posting about).
In short, for all things monarch, this book is excellent. It’s highly comprehensive and yet really readable at the same time. It’s a wonderful addition to my library!