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BOOK REVIEW: On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

Here in Portland we are back in the rainy part of the year (pretty much October through early June). I admit it becomes all too easy to just want to hang out indoors, laptop at one’s fingertips and a to-do … Continue reading

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BOOK: Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book

For many of us the rainy season is either here or soon upon us. It can be difficult to muster the energy for getting outside with kids when it’s pouring out. The advice and suggested activities in this new book … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

I have yet to visit the Grand Canyon. My family and I have visited many of the familiar national parks of the west, but so far not this miles-wide chasm in Arizona. After reading the new children’s book Grand Canyon … Continue reading

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BOOK: There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather & GIVEAWAY!

Last spring when I attended the annual Children & Nature Network conference in Vancouver, B.C., I met Linda McGurk, a Swedish-born, Indiana-living freelance journalist and mother of two girls who writes the blog Rain or Shine Mamma. We had been … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Rodney?

Not every child can sit still in a classroom setting all day long. Children need to move their bodies and explore their environment. A new book from the Yosemite Conservancy follows young Rodney, an elementary-grade student who just can’t remain … Continue reading

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BOOKS: Six recent titles from Dawn Publications about the natural world

I am incredibly tardy in sharing about these new books from Dawn Publications, a publisher that focuses on books about nature for kids. I always enjoy getting these from them and sharing about them here! Here are the three books … Continue reading

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BOOK: Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest

Most books that discuss flora and fauna for a particular geographic region are usually geared toward adults. This new book provides descriptions and beautiful illustrations to many of the neat things kids can see in a variety of habitats of … Continue reading

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BOOK: Birds of the Pacific Northwest

Fans of the series of Pacific Northwest field guides from Timber Press in Portland might like to know that they have published a new guide for birds (it joins their guides covering wildlife, insects, wildflowers, trees & shrubs, mushrooms, and … Continue reading

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BOOK: Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

I have long had a 1931 edition of the book Handbook of Nature Study (1911) that I treasure, handed down to me from my grandfather. It’s author, Anna Comstock, was always a lover of nature. But she decided to major in … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week & a new book for parents – Let Them Eat Dirt

A thought: When children are out walking or playing in a green space… the risk of getting infected with microbes that carry human diseases decreases drastically. Allow your children to touch anything they want (except animal waste), including dirt, mud, … Continue reading

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