Go outside and play…and read

‘Tis the season for book suggestions.

I’ll start my “you should share at least one of these books as a gift this holiday season” recommendations with a list of books about nature.  Not just nature — but the importance of connecting our children with nature.

As you might have heard, we are facing the possibility that an entire generation of young people will slip so far into an electronic screen-based stupor, they will forget keep moving the species forward.DSCN4239

One strategy to avoid such a catastrophe is to take kids back outside and let them touch trees, smell dirt, and hear bird sounds.  And let’s face it, there’s no app for that. Yet.

So, like any good English major, when I hear that there’s a problem, I go looking for books about how to solve it.

Here’s a great place to start solving our nature deficit issues:

The Children & Nature Network publishes a blog called The New Nature Movement: Field Notes From the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature.

The most recent post, WAY GOOD GIFT BOOKS: A few dangerous suggestions for your consideration, is by author and children-in-nature advocate, Richard Louv.

That’s a great list!

Richard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization supporting the international movement to connect children, their families and their communities to the natural world. He is the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal.  (The bird people.)

Cannon School is a JrK-Grade 12 independent school located (on 65 acres — including a nature trail and a winding creek) in Concord, NC.