Recommended Reading

Activity Guides for Parents and Childrenkids-books

  • Nature with Children of All Ages: Activities and Adventures for Exploring, Learning, and Enjoying the World Around Us.  Edith A. Sisson. (1982.) Prentice Hall Press.
  • Hug a Tree: And Other Things to do Outdoors with Young Children.  Robert E. Rockwell, Elizabeth A. Sherwood, Robert A. Williams.  (1983.)  Gryphon House, Inc.
  • The Harvest Craft Book.  Thomas Berger.  (1992.)  Floris Books.
  • Magic Wool: Creative Activities with Natural Sheep’s Wool.  Dagmar Schmidt, Freya Jaffke.  (1993.)  Floris Books.
  • Trails, Tails, & Tide-pools in Pails: Over 100 Nature Based Activities for Families with Babies and Young Children.  By the Docents of Nursery Nature Walks.  (1992.)  Nursery Nature Walks.
  • Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks.  Sharon Lovejoy.  (2009.)  Workman Publishing.
  • Dinner from Dirt: ten meals kids can grow and cook.  Emily Scott & Catherine Duffy.
  • Teaching kids to Love the Earth.  Marina Lachecki, Joseph Passineau, Ann Linnea, Paul Treuer
  • Native American Games and Stories.  James Bruchas and Joseph Bruchac.
  • The Little hands Nature Book: Earth, Sky, Critters & More.  Nancy Fusco Castaldo.
  • The Children’s Year.  Stephanie Cooper, Chritien Fynes-Clinton & Marye Rowling
  • Lens on Outdoor Learning.  Wendy Banning, Ginny Sullivan.
  • Simple Environmental Activities for Young Children: Earthways.  Carl Petrash.
  • My First Nature Book: A life-size guide to discovering the world around you

Parenting and Child Developmentkids-books-2

  • Your One-Year-Old through Your Twelve-Year-Old.  Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D., Frances L. Ilg, M.D., Carol Chase Haber, M.A.  (1982.)  Dell Publishing.
  • Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding can Help you Raise Children Who Thrive.  Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.  (2003.)  Penguin Books.
  • Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.  Stuart Brown, M.D., with Christopher Vaughan.  (2009.)  Penguin Books.
  • Self-Esteem: A Family Affair.  Jean Illsley Clarke.  (1978.)  Harper & Row.
  • Nokken, A Garden for Children: A Danish Approach to Waldorf-Based Child Care.  Helle Heckmann.  A Center for Anthroposophy.
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.  Richard Louv.  (2006.)  Algonquin Books.
  • Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts, and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors.  Fiona Danks, Jo Schofield.  (2005.)  Frances Lincoln Limited.

Nature Connectionbooks1

  • Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature.  Jon Young, Ellen Haas, Evan McGown.  (2010.)  Owlink Media Corporation.
  • The Encyclopedia of Tracks & Scats: A comprehensive Guide to the Trackable Animals of the United States and Canada.  Len McDougall.  (2004.)  The Lyons Press.
  • What the Robin Knows: How Bird Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World. Jon Young.


Thank you to Wendolyn Bird, Director of Tender Tracks Outdoor Preschool for many book recommendations on this list!