Category Archives: books

BOOK REVIEW: B is for Bear: A Natural Alphabet

I’ve posted here before about Hannah Viano’s first two books: S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet and Arrow to Alaska: A Pacific Northwest Adventure. Her new book, which will appeal to a larger audience since it is not … Continue reading

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BOOK: Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages

Whether you’re raising your children to be outdoor kids, teaching students at a school, or instilling a love for nature through environmental education programs at a nature center, you’ve likely come across educator Joseph Cornell’s well-respected guides to nature connection. … Continue reading

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A couple of weeks ago, my three-year-old daughter and I went for a walk at a nearby state park. While we walked and took note of sounds in the forest and collected handfuls of leaves to then turn around and toss … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Let’s Go Outside: Sticks and Stones – Nature Adventures, Games and Projects for Kids

A new book from across the pond might be of interest to nature play parents or environmental educators who work with kids in preschool or early elementary grades. While some of the language in the book is indeed specific to the UK … Continue reading

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BOOK: Wild Adventures

Here’s a newer book that readers of this blog might like to know about: Mick Manning & Brita Granström, Wild Adventures: Look, make, explore – in nature’s playground (London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2015), 48 pp. Publisher’s description Packed with all … Continue reading

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Update on the new Oregon Wildflowers app & Flora of Oregon book

Last year I posted about the new app for identifying wildflowers in Oregon: Available for download on iOS and Android devices, the Oregon Wildflowers app provides multimedia and information on nearly 1,000 wildflowers, shrubs and vines common in Oregon and … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking

Elin Kelsey, Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking (Berkeley, CA: Owlkids Books, 2015), 32 pp. Artwork by Soyeon Kim. Without using the term, Wild Ideas is all about biomimicry – looking to nature’s innovations to model approaches to solving human … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Pipsie, Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar

Rick DeDonato, Pipsie, Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar (New York: Two Lions, 2015), 34 pp. Illustrated by Tracy Bishop. A big fan of nature. A good friend. And a mystery. Sounds like the recipe for a fun story! And it is. … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Welcome to the Neighborwood

A great way to teach kids about three-dimensional structures in nature – such as animal homes – is with three-dimensional teaching aids. A new book by artist Shawn Sheehy does just that. In Welcome to the Neighborwood (Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Out and About: A First Book of Poems

We have had an unseasonably hot summer here in Portland, and I am ready to say goodbye to it. I am looking forward to my favorite season: Autumn. Cooler temperatures, the burst of colors on and off trees, the wind … Continue reading

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