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Category Archives: nature art
I have previously shared here about a series of kid’s nature books that focused on woodlands, rain forests, and coral reefs. Pomegranate Books has recently published a fourth: Charley Harper’s What’s in the Desert? A Nature Discovery Book (order through Powell’s … Continue reading
I love children’s books that depict children playing outside. We need such books to serve as constant reminders to get our own children – whether as parents, teachers, or mentors – into nature and exploring their world. And when the … Continue reading
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
National parks played a big part in my family’s summer this year. We visited Mount Rainier NP twice, Olympic National Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. And to gain entry into those parks we had my son’s Every Kid In … Continue reading
BOOK REVIEW: Whatever the Weather: Science Experiments and Art Activities that Explore the Wonders of Weather
I am delighted to see this book come to fruition. For perhaps a year now I have been following the authors’ blog, Twitter, and Facebook page/group Mud Puddles to Meteors, as well as one of the authors on her own Instagram. They … Continue reading
“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
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
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
Readers of this blog know that we love Nikki McClure’s artwork and books. Not only does she live and work in the Pacific Northwest, but her themes revolve around nature. She just published a new book, as author and illustrator, … Continue reading
The Audubon Society of Portland’s Wild Arts Festival is this coming weekend! We plan on going on Sunday. Here’s a 2-for-1 admission coupon.