Thursday, September 27, 2012

Some Great Books about Children and Nature

Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education by David Sobel

David Sobel is the Director of Teacher Certification Programs at Antioch New England Graduate School. He is a career educator and his body of work includes several books emphasizing the integration of nature into the education of children. Beyond Ecophobia began as an article in Orion Magazine before Sobel expanded the work into a book.

The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age by Richard Louv

A follow-up to Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle makes the case for a "nature-balanced existence" in a high-tech society.  The book is heavily research-based but also features anecdotes that make the matter-of-factness quite accessible. Louv is a journalist by trade and has worked for many of the most respected news outlets in the United States. He has received countless awards for his books and articles.

Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell

Something of a classic in the field of nature education, Joseph Cornell's first edition of Sharing Nature with Children was published in the early 1970's. Since then the book has been translated into twenty languages. It 1979 the author founded Sharing Nature Worldwide, an organization committed to educating children in the outdoors. The book is perfect for parents or teachers interested in expanding children's understanding of the natural environment.

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