Category Archives: books

How we celebrated #KidstoParks Day 2016

Last Saturday was the National Park Trust’s annual Kids to Parks Day. I hosted a giveaway here for two cool National Geographic kid’s books about national parks, and the random winner was Stephanie of Raising Kids Wild. Thank you all … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature

“It’s easiest to imagine outdoor play on a sunny, warm day, maybe even on a beach with waves crashing and warm sand between your toes, but outdoor play is important for kids year-round.” So says Asia Citro of the website … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a wonderland to me

A thought: I was just a twelve, thirteen year old boy, and it was just a wonderland to me. If I could, I would just do the same thing today that I did then but it would look funny. – … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: BOOK REVIEW: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest

This is a guest post from writer Bryony Angell of Seattle, WA. — BOOK REVIEW: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest by Julie Zickefoose (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), 352 pp. Hardcover, $28.00. Images courtesy the author/illustrator’s website (click each of them … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Born To Be Wild: Hundreds of Free Nature Activities for Families

A new book from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK aims to get more families outside in nature (and thus later to have an interest in the protection of the environment). As David Sobel has … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

In The Last Child in the Woods (2005), Richard Louv brought the need to connect children to nature into the public conversation, introducing to parents, teachers, community partners, and policy-makers the term “nature-deficit disorder,” and described the benefits of nature … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

I like nature books that are intended for kids to immerse themselves in – ones that they can pick and choose which pages to be particularity interested in at a certain time. Outside is just such a book: Maria Ana Peixe Dias … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Worm Weather

Here in Oregon we’ve had days and days of rain. It’s expected, of course, and although as I type this our afternoon today is sunny, rain will continue as we get into Spring. That means getting my little girl out … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest

Robert J. Lillie, Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest (Philomath, OR: Wells Creek Publishers, 2015), 92 pp. This slim but full-of-information guide to how much of the geology of the Pacific Northwest, and … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Bringing the Outside In

I can’t get enough of children’s books that promote outdoor play. That combination – reading books & a love of nature – warms my heart. Bringing the Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals is a new title the hits all the … Continue reading

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