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BOOK REVIEW: The Truth About Nature (& giveaway at DestinationNature.net)

Last year, I wrote about a new book from Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer that offered awesome ways for kids to get excited about nature, The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things To Do In Nature Before You Grow … Continue reading

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BOOKS: Letters of the West & Tracks Count (Little Naturalist series)

Last year, Portland publisher Craigmore Creations put out the first in their Little Naturalist series, Flowers by Number (reviewed here). They have just published two more titles in the series, one being Letters of the West: An ABC BOOK of … Continue reading

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BOOK: Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World

Ben Hewitt, Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World (Boston: Roost Books, 2014), 176 pp. Publisher’s description: In this most personal of his books to date, Ben Hewitt shows us how … Continue reading

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BOOK: Flashlight

Lizi Boyd, Flashlight (San Fransisco: Chronicle Books, 2014), 40 pp. Publisher’s description: Inside a tent it’s cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images … Continue reading

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BOOK: National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds: A Beginner’s Guide

Kim Kurki, National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds: A Beginner’s Guide (New York: Black Dog & Levanthal Publishers, 2014), 80 pp. Illustrations by Kim Kurki. Publisher’s description: National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds introduces kids ages 7 through 12 to … Continue reading

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BOOK: Children & Nature: Making Connections

George K. Russell, ed. Children & Nature: Making Connections (Great Barrington, MA: Myrin Institute, 2014), 144 pp. Publisher’s description: This collection of 12 essays has been assembled out of a concern that many young people in America have little contact … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Wait! Wait! & In the Meadow

   Two recent children’s books from Enchanted Lion Books, I absolutely adore. Their stories are as simple as can be, and their illustrations beautiful, delicate, and immersive. Translated from Japanese, they capture the wonder and excitement of young children exploring … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (5th edition)

NOTE: Paul will be at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne this Thursday, August 7 at 7:30pm to talk about his book (info). Over the last four years of living in Portland, we’ve explored in many of the city’s natural areas and those in … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon by Adam Sawyer

NOTE: Adam will be at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne on August 21 at 7:30pm to talk about this book (info). A few weeks ago I took my kids to a waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge. My guide for the … Continue reading

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BOOK: Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest

Portland publisher Timber Press has field guides to Pacific Northwest wildflowers, wildlife, mushrooms, and insects, as well as the wonderful Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest. Now they have just published a new book covering trees and shrubs: Mark Turner and … Continue reading

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