“While life has become increasingly more busy over the years, I am a big reader. I love to soak up knowledge from the pages and lose myself in the stories. As the winter wears on, here are a few great book recommendations to check out while you (or your family members) cozy up next to a fire (or in whatever location makes you comfy!) Too busy enjoying the snow? Save them for the heat and relaxing of summer!
A great place to start for a little outdoor inspiration. Included on the list is Michael Lanza’s “Before They’re Gone” which we reviewed on the blog last year. An incredible book definitely worth checking out (you can read our previous interview with Michael during his blog book tour here.) There are definitely a few more on the list I am planning to read including the children’s book award winner, For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson. By Peggy Thomas. Illustrated by Laura Jacques.
“An outdoor family’s year on the water, in the woods and at the table.” An incredibly well-written book about living closer to the earth, cherishing family and lots of life lessons. A pleasant surprise of a can’t-put-it-down book, Closer to the Ground entices parents and outdoor-lovers alike. Be prepared – it will make you want to move to your own island and leave the modern world behind! A must-read.
A series of three books for kids aged ~ 7 – 12 years old. Since our kids are a bit too young for the series, I read it first and then we passed our copies around. In short, they are well-written books for both boys AND girls and keep kids captivated. Two thumbs up for us! Here’s the feedback we got from the others:
“I was thankful to find a book that is geared for young boys. In a day and age where boys books are either fantasy, or action hero, this was a breath of fresh air. My son would much rather be outside and being active rather than sitting listening to a book. This one kept his attention and he was able to answer questions regarding the story. Kudos to the people publishing it! It is much needed.” – Mom of a 7 year old
“I just finished reading the Monster of White Bear Lake to my 6 year old. He absolutely loved it! His favorite TV show is Monster Fish and he is also an avid fisherman when he can get out with his dad. The book was very entertaining, especially for me, the mom, to read aloud to him. It was engaging and my son didn’t want me to put it down each night. The dialogue between the Bobber and Spinner was funny and I found my son laughing out loud a few times. The descriptions of the fish, lures and etc were informative as well. My favorite part was the lesson that honesty is always a good thing and telling the truth doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Anyway, I think we will have to get the next one in the series. Great book!” – Mom of a 6 year old
“I liked the story because it taught me not to give up when things are hard. And it also taught me how to get creative on how to solve a problem I might have.” – A.B. Age 9
“I liked the book, because it was about two boys and their grandpa fishing. It was easy for me to understand what they were doing and the stuff they were using while they were fishing.” – C.B. Age 7
You can buy the books (and fun action figures and shirts, etc.) here.
A story of a family visiting Yellowstone for the first time, the book highlights what you need to bring, animals to be prepared to see and includes an activity section at the back. While the publication is definitely low-budget, the story has some great points about safety in the park and engages little readers (or listeners).
In case you missed our other book reviews:
- Camping + Outdoorsy Books for Kids
- Favorite Yellowstone Books for the family (especially if you are planning to travel here!)
- Babes in the Woods Book Review
- Some great books to help foster outdoor winter play
Have your own great book recommendations? I would love to hear (and I am sure others would too)! Please share in the comments! Interested in winning a copy of Backcountry Kids? Let me know if your comment (along with your email address) and I will pick a lucky winner after March 1st. You MUST leave your email address so I can contact you! Happy Monday!
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