Vitamin N Library

Recommended Reading for the Vitamin N Challenge

Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv (Algonquin 2008)

The Nature Principle, Richard Louv (Algonquin 2011)

Vitamin N, Richard Louv (Algonquin 2016)

The following titles are selections from the “Suggested Reading” section of the book, “Vitamin N.” 

Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformations, Sharon Gamson Danks (New Village Press, 2010)

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, David Mizejewski (Creative Homeowner, 2004)

Backyard Bird Watching for Kids: How to Attract, Feed, and Provide Homes for Birds, George H. Harrison (Willow Creek Press, 1997)

Balcony Gardening: A Beginners Guide To Starting A Beautiful Balcony Garden, Stuart Cooper (Kindle Edition)

The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun, Whitney Cohen and John Fisher (Timber Press, 2012)

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Douglas W. Tallamy (Timber Press, 2007)

The Bumper Book of Nature: A User’s Guide to the Great Outdoors, Stephen Moss (Crown, 2010)

A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky, Michael Driscoll and Meredith Hamilton (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2004)

The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds, Gavin Pretor-Pinney (Perigee, 2007)

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting Kids with Nature, Jon Young, Ellen Haas, Evan McGown, (The Wilderness Awareness School, 2008)

The Dangerous Book for Boys, Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden (William Morrow, 2012)

Diary of a Citizen-Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World, Sharman Apt Russell’s (OSU Press, 2014)

Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors, Juliet Robertson (Independent Thinking Press, 2014)

The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature, Helen Olsson (Roost Books, 2012)

Drawn to Nature: Through the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie, Clare Walker Leslie (Storey Publishing, 2005)

Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth, Patty Born Selly (Redleaf Press, 2012)

The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce in Small Spaces, Alex Mitchell (Rodale Books, 2012)

Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, Susan Sachs Lipman (Source-books, 2012)

Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass, Harold Gatty. Dover Publications, 1999).‬

Foxfire Books, Eliot Wigginton and George P. Reynolds (Anchor Books Randon House, 2011)

Get Out!: Outdoor Activities Kids Can Enjoy Anywhere (Except Indoors), Hallie Warshaw and Julie Brown (Sterling, 2003)

Get Outside Guide, Nancy Honovich and Julie Beer (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2014)

Go Outside: Over 130 Activities for Outside Adventures, Nancy Blakey (Tricycle Press, 2002)

The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids, Todd Christopher (Roost Books, 2010)

How to Build an Igloo: And Other Snow Shelters, Norbert E. Yankielun (W.W. Norton, 2007)

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature, Scott D. Sampson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)

I Love Dirt!, Jennifer Ward, (Trumpeter, 2008)

Kayaking Made Easy: A Manual For Beginners With Tips For The Experienced, Dennis Stuhaug (Falcon Guides, 2013)

Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You, Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth (Storey, 2003)

Kids’ Garden: 40 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Games, Whitney Cohen (Barefoot Books, 2010)

Learning with Nature Idea Book: Creating Nurturing Outdoor Spaces for Children, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, Nancy Rosenow, James R. Wike, Valerie Cuppens (Arbor Day Foundation, 2007)

Let’s Go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature, Jennifer Ward (Roost Books, 2009)

Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability, Andrew L. Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin and Richard J. Jackson (Island Press, 2011)

Making Outdoor Programs Accessible, Kathy Ambrosini (Mohonk Preserve , 2005)  (also available online

Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning in Action, Herbert W. Broda (Stenhouse Publishers, 2011)

National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away, Kathy Furgang (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2012)

Natural Learning: The Life History of an Environmental Schoolyard, Robin C. Moore and Herb H. Wong (Mig Communications, 1997)

A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature Through the Seasons, Rick Van Noy (University of Georgia Press, 2008)

The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms, Clare Walker Leslie (Storey Publishing, 2010)

Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms & Communities, David Sobel (The Orion Society, 2005)

Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage, Dianne D. Glave (Chicago Review Press, 2010)

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together With Children, Sharon Lovejoy (Workman, 1999)

Sharing Nature with Children, Joseph Cornell (Dawn Publications, 1998).
Shelters, Shacks & Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters, D. C. Beard (Dover, 2004)

Tina Vindum’s Outdoor Fitness: Step Out of the Gym and Into the BEST Shape of Your Life, Tina Vindum (Globe Pequot Press, 2009)

Tom Brown’s Field Guide to the Forgotten Wilderness, Tom Brown (Berkley, 1987)

Treehouses and Playhouses You Can Build, David and Jeanie Stiles (Gibbs Smith, 2006)

Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, Elizabeth Foy Larsen and Joshua Glenn (Bloomsbury USA, 2012)

Unplugged Play, Bobbi Conner (Workman, 2007)

Your Natural Home: The Complete Sourcebook and Design Manual for Creating a Healthy, Beautiful and Environmentally Sensitive Home, Janet Marinelli and Paul Bierman-Lytle (Little, Brown and Co., 1995)

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