When children develop a deeper interest in rocks minerals, and fossils, parents and other caregivers can provide support. Parents can take them to places where they can find rocks on their own and help them find ways to clean and store their collections. Adults can also help children learn the names of their rocks.
Also, parents and caregivers can bring their children to geology programs at Wonder Works, which almost always include making a collection of some combination of rocks and minerals:
Books are also a great resource for young collectors and their adults. Here are some of our favorite books for and about children who collect rocks:
Books about collecting rocks:
Chasek, Ruth. (2000). Rocks and Minerals. Danbury, CT: Rosen World Books.
Gans, Roma. (1984/1997). Let’s Go Rock Collecting. New York, NY: Harper-Collins.
Hurst, Carol Otis. (2001). Rocks in His Head. Greenwillow Books.
Hyde, Natalie. (2012). How to Be a Rock Collector. New York, NY: Crabtree Publishing.
Karwoski, Gail. (2007). Julie the Rockhound. Mt. Pleasant, SC: Sylvan Dell Publishing.
Lowery, Lawrence F. (2013). Spenser and the Rocks. Arlington, VA: NSTA Kids.
Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. (2009). Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Children.
Books with projects for young rock collectors:
Challoner, J. (1999). Young Scientist Concepts & Projects: Rocks and Minerals. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens.
Morgan, B. (2005). Nature Activities: Rock and Fossil Hunter. London: DK.
Books that help identify rocks found in the Chicago region and nearby states:
Frankie, W. (2004). Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Illinois. Geoscience Education Series 16. Champaign: Illinois State Geological Survey.
Mueller, B., & Gauthier, K. (2006). Lake Michigan Rock Picker’s Guide. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Robinson, Susan, (2001). Is this an Agate? An Illustrated Guide to Lake Superior’s Beach Stones, Michigan.
Smith, Edward E. (2003). Geodes of the Midwest.New London, IA: Secrets of the Pros.
Stensaas, Mark Sparky. (2000). Rock Picker’s Guide to Lake Superior’s North Shore. Kollath-Stensaas Publishing.