• Make leaf ruToad Cottages Shooting Stars: A Grandma's Bag of Tricks

    by Sharon Lovejoy Year Published: 2010

    Make leaf rubbings, learn the neighborhood bird songs together, turn an aquarium into a worm hotel, create a firefly lantern. There are garden projects, both for the outdoors—grow a container snacking garden, a pumpkin patch in a pot—and the indoors, i.e., how to use something called "indoor garbage gardens" to grow pineapple tops, sweet potato vines, peanuts, and more. Cooking projects, both in the sunshine—baking in a solar oven—and in the kitchen—what child will ever forget the time the two of you made Potato Volcanoes with Lava? And lots of rainy-day activities for times when nature's in a cranky mood.

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  • Sunflower Houses: Inspiration From the Garden--A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups

    by Sharon Lovejoy Year Published: 2001

    Celebrating the lore of the garden and the joy of interacting with nature, Sunflower Houses is a unique garden lover's miscellany, a collection of memories, poems, activities, garden plans, crafts, botanical riddles, stories, games, and planting projects. There are inspirations for a Floral Clock Garden, A Child's Own Rainbow, Faerie Tea Parties, and, of course, the Sunflower House. Plus, from garden lovers, stories of favorite flowers. 

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  • Roots, Shoots, Buckets Boots: Gardening Together with Children

    by Sharon Lovejoy Year Published: 1999

    n her newest book, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots, she presents 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together. Illustrated throughout by the author's own lyrical watercolors, each garden includes a plan, the planting recipe -- seeds, seedlings, and growing instructions spelled out step-by-step -- and activities.

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  • Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs

    by Richard Louv Year Published: 2019

    Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures—not out of fear, but out of love. Transformative and inspiring, this book points us toward what we all long for in the age of technology: real connection.

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  • Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life

    by Richard Louv Year Published: 2016

    Vitamin N (for "nature") is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now, with 500 activities for children and adults.

    Dozens of inspiring and thought-provoking essays. Scores of informational websites. Down-to-earth advice. Vitamin N is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive, and practical guidebook for the whole family and the wider community, including tips not only for parents eager to share nature with their kids but also for those seeking nature-smart schools, medical professionals, and even careers. It is a dose of pure inspiration, reminding us that looking up at the stars or taking a walk in the woods is as exhilarating as it is essential - at any age.

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  • The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

    by Richard Louv Year Published: 2011

    The Nature Principle presents a compelling case that a conscious reconnection to nature can make us whole again and that the future will belong to nature-smart individuals, families, businesses, and communities. Supported by evidence from emerging empirical and theoretical research and eye-opening anecdotes, Louv shows that when we tap into the restorative powers of the natural world we can boost mental acuity and creativity, heal illness, increase immunity, broaden our compassion, and strengthen human bonds. 

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  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

    by Richard Louv Year Published: 2006

    "I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," reports a fourth-grader. Never before in history have children been so plugged in―and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation―he calls it nature deficit―to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as rises in obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and depression.

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  • The Overstory

    by Richard Powers Year Published: 2018

    A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.

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  • Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded

    by Douglas W. Tallamy Year Published: 2009

    “A fascinating study of the trees, shrubs, and vines that feed the insects, birds, and other animals in the suburban garden.” —The New York Times

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  • In the Company of Trees: Honoring Our Connection to the Sacred Power, Beauty, and Wisdom of Trees

    by Andrea Sarubbi Fereshteh Year Published: 2019

    Fascinating facts, trivia, and stories celebrating nature and the magnificent life of trees and their invaluable place in our lives, including beautiful, full-color photographs throughout.

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  • The Sense of Wonder

    by Rachel Carson Year Published: 1998

    The Sense of Wonder is a timeless volume that will be passed on from generation to generation, as treasured as the memory of an early-morning walk when the song of a whippoorwill was heard as if for the first time. Featuring serene color photographs from renowned photographer Nick Kelsh, “this beautifully illustrated edition makes a fine gift for new and prospective mothers and fathers” (Gregory McNamee), and helps us all to tap into the extraordinary power of the natural world.

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  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

    by Andrea Wulf Year Published: 2015

    A portrait of the German naturalist reveals his ongoing influence on humanity's relationship with the natural world today, discussing such topics as his views on climate change, conservation, and nature as a resource for all life.

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  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World

    by Peter Wohlleben Year Published: 2016

    Are trees social beings? Forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly make the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.

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  • The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

    by Florence Williams Year Published: 2017

    From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Delving into brand-new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.

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  • Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature

    by Brigit Strawbridge Howard Year Published: 2019

    The author shares a charming and eloquent account of a return to noticing, to rediscovering a perspective on the world that had somehow been lost to her for decades, and to reconnecting with the natural world. With special care and attention to the plight of pollinators, including honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees, she shares fascinating details of the lives of flora and fauna.

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