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How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide (Nature Journals, Wildflower Books, Motivational Books, Creativity Books)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  148 reviews
A fresh perspective, an outdoor exploration, a new adventure about to begin:How to Be A Wildflower is the book to celebrate these and other wide-open occasions. Encouraging self-discovery through encounters with nature, beloved artist Katie Daisy brings her beautiful paintings and lettering to this collection of things to do and make, quotes, meditations, natural history, ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Chronicle Books
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Sarah Arwen
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
10/10 can confirm that this book is GORGEOUS
It isn't a book to read maybe so much as a book to live in and those are nice kinds of books.
Bonus: effect is magnified if absorbed while listening to Jonsi's We Bought a Zoo soundtrack ahhh
To adventures and finding magic everywhere!<3
Anne Lawson
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
The artwork and design in this book is beautiful and it gave my son several ideas for nature journaling. However, it is more of a design book than a useful guide for anything you would really want to do outdoors. Some of the suggestions are unrealistic or too saccharine. In addition, I think it's important for some to know that the book contains information about crystal energy and spirit animals and for this reason may want to be avoided. ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
My new favorite book! Every page was beautiful and light. It made we want to run outside in a field of wildflowers and trek through the woods ♡♡♡
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is more of a dear keepsake than a novel. It's full of lovely things, ideas and inspiration. It calls me back to my childhood, where much of my life was spent outdoors running through the woods and wild, untamed plains, making adventures from tree heights and creek ends. In those days, a daisy crown was the finest, most beloved accessory and a handful of pretty stones a great treasure, or quest reward. The memories from my childhood are a sanctuary to me, and traveling back to them from ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a gem! A beautiful tapestry of nostalgia and wanderlust, this book is a journal/scrapbook filled with charming artwork, scraps of poetry, quotes, and recipes. Definitely recommend to anyone with a healthy sense of fernweh and a love for nature. My personal favorite has to be "How to Evoke a Daydream," but I also look forward to making the lavender syrup! A perfect read to feel calm and at peace.

P.S. Although I got this at the library, if you purchase the book from Katie Daisy or her Etsy st
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Five stars for illustration.
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A book of quotes, recipes and guides for getting outside and enjoying nature around you. A lovely gift book for nature-loving friends. It made me want to get out and explore. As I was reading it, I thought this woman doesn't have small children only to find she has a young child who was born in the middle of the project. Maybe she'll put out another book on being wild flowers as a family as many of the suggestions on this book are for solitary exploration. ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by a kind work colleague with the words, "I thought of your line of work and how some days you could use some sunshine ..." I enjoyed this little read, turning every page was a delight for the visual senses and certainly gave some lovely ideas for finding balance and appreciating the natural wonderment of our world. Thankyou dear friend. ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute and lovely book of wonder, adventure, and beauty. I love this type of stuff. The quotes and paintings were so pretty and magical. This was a fast read and the images from this artist inspire a love of nature and simple beauty. Recommended for nature lovers, adventurers, and wanderers.
Julie Suzanne
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
Found this in the free bin in the library when I made a pit-stop on my way to enjoy a day at Pixley Falls. So while my son and his friend played in the water, I sat and read this book all the way through. It's whimsical, nature-loving Sark-like hippy stuff. The art is just the kind that I like, and it made me smile and warmed me from within. There were also some useful basic recipes for things like lavender lemonade and your own bath salts and stuff, and this would be a perfect graduation gift f ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Katie Daisy's artwork is beautiful, as are her words as she describes adventure in the nature all around us. The kind of book you can sit down with a cup of coffee with and dive right in. I started it and finished it this evening, it's a book you can admire repeatedly I am sure. While reading it I thought: "Someday when I have kids, I hope they are in the presence of books like these, that will inspire them to be wanderers and wonderers, brave explorers and creative souls." ...more
Dec 06, 2017 added it
Shelves: owned-and-read
Very beautiful artwork and very relatable to my time spent in nature, but it gets very iffy when she starts quoting Laura Ingalls Wilder and talks about building teepees and finding your spirit animal- especially when there is no acknowledgement of the indigenous peoples who belong to the land/to whom the land belongs to when talking about its value, beauty, and spiritual meaning.
The Story Girl
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a beautiful and inspirational book, full of lovely illustrations and quotes. It made me want to stop what I'm doing and just go out and spend some time out in nature. I wanted to include some images here, but not sure of the copyright issues with that, but check out her artwork on her website: and then check out this book! I loved it! ...more
Sarah Rose
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
a beautiful and whimsical collection of art that made me want to go spend some time in nature, but overall didnt grasp me as much as I was hoping.
Maya Gopalakrishnan
Lovely illustrations and beautiful quotes. Can't wait to use them in my journal. The prompts didn't thrill me, the recipes were weird. ...more
Stella Wenny
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The illustrations combined with dried flowers are very very beautiful though some of the contents are quite specific to United States. Nevertheless, gorgeous book.
Cindy Richard
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations, playful journal prompts - perfect to flip through on a lovely afternoon while sipping tea
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an incredibly sweet and inspiring book!
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The illustrations are incredible vivid and beyond beautiful. I feel like I want to frame each and every one of them and keep them with me everywhere I go. Katie Daisy will make you want to travel the world and discover everything about the universe.

There's volcanoes, hot springs and deep forests, raspberry pie recipes, so many flowers, and mushrooms called "Old man of the Woods”. You can fill it in yourself with places you've been or want to visit, doodles and dreams, or you j
Maria Novella
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"How to Be a Wildflower" by Katie Daisy is a gem. Aesthetically beautiful, every page is a joy to see, it almost feels like you can smell the flowers and hear the birds singing.
The content is lovely as well. There are some nice tips for an adventure, but my favorite has to be "how to evoke a daydream", I'll definitely try that!
This is that beautiful book that will make your bookshelf look so much better, a quiet refuge from the stress of the everyday life.
Heather R
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My last book of the year: chosen for the fact that I could finish it quickly, I now realize I couldn't have picked a better book to end the year with. I loved reading it all bundled up and cozy, and imagining the warm, happy days of spring and summer coming back again. The seeds for spring and summer are present, even in the heart of winter. I recommend this book to anyone who loves nature or beautiful books. This happy, peaceful, beautiful book makes my soul feel good. Love! ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the first book I had the pleasure of reading for the new year of 2017!

This is a marvel of a book.

Katie Daisy is an amazing artist and this book is full of beautiful pages filled with her art work with inspirational quotes, pages designed for you to press flowers, recipes, and more!

This book feels like a growing flower on my shelf.

A little ray of sunshine in the mists of such a cold winter.

I highly recommend that everyone own this book.

Zoë Delaney
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I feel guilty saying I read this book, when it took me maybe a total of 20 minutes to do so... However the artwork in the book is so pretty, I find myself flipping though it often! I've decided to actually tear out (eeee, I know! ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've got this book for my birthday from my dear friend, and I fell in love with it instantly.
Wonderful and magical. I have no words to explain it.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 4-star-books
4.5 stars. Illustrations are so Beautiful.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A stunning book, with absolutely beautiful illustrations. This book isn’t so much for reading, as it is for exploring and getting ideas. I found this book to be a relaxing book to flip through, I felt myself get lost in the illustrations and I couldn’t believe how this author was able to portray such beautiful illustrations where I go to in my head. Places I could only imagine to be. A wonderful book with lots of great ideas on places to visit, a few great pages on insect/flower/tree identificat ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.25 stars, I guess. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous but the text not that helpful, especially because the species of flora and fauna she "educates" us about only apply to specific areas of the country. And in many parts of the book, the text obscures the beautiful art. She should've at least separated them so that the art could be appreciated as actual art. And it's more daydreaming outdoors than anything truly useful for being out "in the fields." More of an autobiography / reminiscence I w ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I saw this book on Amazon and it really appealed to my inner hippy and my believe in the healing powers of nature! The only thing Amazon failed to mention that all the ‘to visit’ type ideas are in America. Perhaps I can take equal responsibility for an impulse buy - instead of properly researching it. That said - I’m absolutely sure that I can get my creative juices flowing and think of some English alternatives. I really enjoyed the concept of this book, and will be dipping in to it over the ne ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning!

Each page of this book is uniquely gorgeous! The colors are amazing and the little details really make each illustration special.
The mixed media in most of the pages make the book feel very organic and effortless. The audience can truly tell that this each illustration was a labor of love and crafted with extreme, purposeful care.
The lettering is completely amazing; it's all unique, yet perfectly cohesive.

I liked the little bits about Daisy and her life. I loved how there wa
Erica Hopper
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, books-i-own
I read this on a spring morning while sitting on my porch with my cat beside me, birds singing, spring flowers around me, and a hot cup of coffee clutched with one hand. This colorful book brings such brightness to a day, but the quotes and other verbiage adds a sense of whimsy as well. I found myself often smiling at each page and my fingertips brushing over the paper before turning a page. It's lovely, a quick and lazy read, but one that I am happy to have on my bookshelf to return to when I n ...more
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Katie Daisy was raised by the birds and warm breezes of small-town Lindenwood, Illinois, brought up among the other wildflowers with roots planted deeply in the natural world.

She found her voice and honed her skills at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, graduating in 2009 and subsequently beginning an adventurous career as a freelance illustrator. She sells high-quality prints through her

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