On a related note, I feel so utterly incapable teaching zoology, ornithology, botany, ichthyology, (and many of the other ologies). If you know of any field guides that have been tremendously interesting to you, I'd appreciate a comment with the titles.
I'm looking for a basic adult book about insects that would be found in North America.
I'm also looking for a wildflower/weed guide for North America, a bird book specifically for Midwestern America, an amphibian and reptilian guide for North America, and a small rodent guide for North America.
We need to start in our back yard before we can even move onto the rest of the world.