Get Outdoors! My Favourite 7 Books to Inspire

Do you need inspiration for things to do out there with your little people?  Or maybe just a bit of background information on why it is so important we have more outdoor families?  Here are my favourite 7 books to inspire and get us out there in the great outdoors more, especially with our little people 🙂

1. How to Raise a Wild Child – Scott Sampson

In this book you will find information as to why children need to be encouraged and supported in making a connection with nature.  He also provides tips and ideas on how to do this in today’s world that is both busy and high tech.

2. Vitamin N – Richard Louv

This is described as a “practical handbook” which will help families enjoy the natural world and the outdoors.  It works through ideas from babies to teens, and provides many ideas to help us get out there with children of all ages.

3. A Natural Sense of Wonder – Rick Van Roy

The author takes us along with him on his adventures with his own children.  As we go on the journey with him, he teaches us what nature has to teach us and why this is so important.

4. Unplugged – Jason Runkel Sperling

This book is all about families getting together and building nature clubs.  “15 steps to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature, yourself, friends, and family”.  There are tips, tools, and tales all in these pages.

5. Last Child in the Woods – Richard Louv

This book describes “saving our children from nature-deficit disorder.  It goes through in depth why our children are suffering and missing out on what nature has to offer, and what the implications to both children and nature are because of this.

6. Balanced and Barefoot – Angela Hanscom

The author is a paediatric occupational therapist, and in her book she explains why natural and free play is essential for our children’s bodies and minds, and general development.  This is a very thought provoking read.  It also provides ideas as to how we can help them thrive.

7. A Little Bit of Dirt – Asia Citro

A fantastic book that has over 55 science and art activities to help children connect with nature.  They are simple, fun, and my trio adore doing them.  They are perfect for all ages (my three are 9 and 5), and prompt discovery and imagination.

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  1. This is a brilliant list and really helpful. Thank you for sharing X

  2. These sound like a great book list. I always something to inspire me to get outdoors in cold weather.
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  3. I love the sound of the first two. I’ve made a note of them to look in the library. Great list and a refreshing post.
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  4. I’m so glad you didn’t include Lord of the Flies! Haha. Some good reads here.

  5. What a great list! I haven’t read any of these books but it sounds like I would love them! I have four wild children!
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  6. I think I need to read these books. I will look them up.

  7. These books sounds fantastic! I love anything related to parenting and a modern take on parenting in particular!
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  8. What a great resource! I totally agree, kids (and adults) need time outdoors. With kids you definitely need something to coerce them into it sometimes!

  9. Great book list. I am all for the big outdoors with kids. Living by the sea we are drawn to the outside in all weathers.

  10. I must confess I suck when it comes to finding motivational books so this is a really useful list of books for me
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  11. I am a firm believer in encouraging outdoor children! These books look awesome so I’ll check them out!
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  12. These books look like a great resource, I am always after inspiration to get the kids outdoors
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  13. These sound very good, really useful to see what you’ve been reading too!
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  14. These sound good, will have to check some of them out.
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  15. I havent heard of any of the books on your list and we are an outdoor loving family so look forward to checking them out especially number 2.

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