Primers for the Budding Novice Rock Collector

Rocks and Minerals of Pennsylvania
John H. Barnes
Although this 2004 booklet focuses on the state of Pennsylvania, it provides a great overall primer on geology for young people and adult novices that’s useful no matter where you live
Beginner’s Guide to Rockhounding
Lori Hodel
A helpful introduction that suggests sources for finding places to dig, rules to follow when you’re collecting, and what tools to bring
A Glossary for New Rockhounds
Carl Quesnel
For those new to the hobby, here’s a list of some of the terms you might hear, concentrating on the most essential general terms, along with odd things rockhounds have come up with over the years.