Have you read any good books lately? We like to share reviews on books that our members have read that are hiking or outdoors related. From infants board books to adult page-turners, we love to hear about what you are reading! Share a review with us on this form and we may feature it in an upcoming blog post!



Shaunna Fretwell, from the North Fulton branch

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela J. Hanscom

This book is a fantastic read for parents and teachers alike on the importance of unrestricted play and how it makes for strong, confident and capable children. This author very effectively explains the benefits of unrestrained movement and outdoor play, and how we as parents can make this happen for our kids. Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook. She brings her medical and personal experience to the table, providing thought provoking and sound advice. Definitely worth checking out!

Amanda Wedvik Curb, from the Tacoma branch

Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson

“Slugs in Love” is a very cute picture book about two slugs. Marylou writes love poems to Herbie, but he can’t figure out which slug she is. His reply poems keep missing Marylou. Will they keep having missed connections? This is a great book that portrays slugs as cute and not gross, with the added bonuses of a garden setting and poetry.

Jennifer Camhi, from the Long Island branch

3D Explorer: BUGS by Laszlo Veres (illustrator)

This is a gorgeous book truly suitable for all bug lovers! The basic layout details general information on bugs and insects, and then provides multiple sections divided up by the different habitats and environments that bugs and insects are found in. Each habitat section has a gorgeous two-page intricate 3D pop-up that shows all the bugs, and then more information on the different types of bugs. The language is definitely for older readers (it says 1st grade and up). But my toddler loves to look at the pictures and find the bugs in the pop-up scene. There is a lot to look at and talk about, which we love. The illustrations are beautiful and very life-like, but maintain an element of softness to them that makes even the more intimidating bugs enjoyable to look at.

Heather Olins, from the South Shore branch

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

This is a hugely important book for any parent or educator. It details the growing disconnect between children and nature, as well as how that disconnect is bad for children and our world. It definitely inspired me to make connecting kids with nature a priority in my life.

Kimberly Giffen, from the Tacoma branch

Babes in the Woods by Jennifer Aist

“Babes in the Woods” was my latest find on my last library trip. It is pretty recent (2010) and addresses all the things you should think about to be prepared for when hiking/camping/boating with children 5 and under. In general it’s a good reference. It also covers issues that may not pertain to my local wilderness adventures. We don’t have huge issues with bugs, but that doesn’t mean that will be the case on every hike.

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