Category Archives: nature art

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 REVIEW: 59 Illustrated National Parks: 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

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

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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

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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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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 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: In, by Nikki McClure & Portland book talk on May 30

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

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Wild Arts Festival, Nov. 22-23

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.

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BOOK REVIEW: May the Stars Drip Down & a Nikki McClure art exhibit in Portland

I have posted about the Olympia, WA-based artist Nikki McClure before – about some children and nature-themed art on display (in the exhibit Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996-2011 at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland in 2011) and a … 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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