Summer is a time for dreaming and playing and exploring and getting lost in stories. I have many great memories of long summer afternoons spent caught up in the pages of a book. I am hoping the same for my own kids. We are currently doing a little local reading challenge and they are insisting on getting as many minutes in as they possibly can. This from my kids that don’t.sit.still. I’ll take it! I’m also making it a personal goal to set aside even 15 minutes of reading time for myself – I LOVE books, and it’s shocking really how easily they get set aside when life gets busy.
Over the past couple of months we have been checking out some books for kids that are particularly focussed on the outdoors. I wanted to share them with you (because they are fabulous!) Sasquatch books may be my favorite publisher ever. Wilderness-based books that are unique and interesting – I’ve been reading their titles since I was a kid myself and recommend them highly. And National Geographic always keeps my kids engaged in learning and
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- Arrow to Alaska – I LOVE the pictures in this one. Brand new for 2015, it will make kids want to go on an Alaskan adventure. Plus, a book that ends with a skillet brownie recipe MUST be good!
- Larry Gets Lost under the Sea & Larry Gets Lost in Alaska– There is a whole series of “Larry Gets Lost” and we love all of them. I think they’re just a great mixture of story + nonfiction learning. I always appreciate “sneaky learning lessons”.
- Elliot the Otter – A cute tale for younger kids (I’d say ages 3-7) about Elliot Bay (in Seattle’s Puget Sound) from the perspective of Elliot, the otter. A fun story, but they are learning a bunch too throughout it. Another favorite of ours – the kids think it is hilarious!
- My Wilderness – A father and son adventure in Alaska. The two stay for months on Fox Island and learn what it means to be secluded in a wild and awesome place. Again, gorgeous pictures and I love that this based on a true story. Brand new!
- The Cabin that Moose Built – This one is getting hard to find since it is a bit older, but my kids and I LOVE it. In fact we read it a few times a week at least. Just a good book about animals and building and Alaska. Plus, the little ones always appreciate a rhyming book.
- Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children by Liza Gardner Walsh – simple activities to inspire an outdoor childhood. They range from ones like building igloos to painting with sticks to bird watching. Great photos and a good memory jog when the kids are busy and need to choose their own fun!
- When You Are Camping – Our kids love any books about camping, hiking, etc. I wish there were more of them out there (if you know of some great ones, please comment with them so we can look them up!) A cute story about sisters who love camping too. It’s one that I like to take with us when we go.
- Everything Birds of Prey – Another National Geographic kids book jam-packed with great info. Facts throughout the book, tons of info and the perfect way to get questions answered (and promote more, of course!) (for kids aged ~8-12, but my 6 year old really got into it).
- Bears: Look & Learn (board book) – a good way to introduce even the youngest of readers to wildlife.
- National Geographic Readers: Lions – J is just starting to read books like this one, and they’re another good way to learn about an animal we don’t have around here. National Geographic Kids has developed an amazing Super Reader site to complement their Readers series. It has prizes to reward their reading effort, printable posters to help track their progress, activities, quizzes, games and ALOT more. Anything to get kids to read books….
- Kangaroo to the Rescue! – Both boys got into this one because of the stories. Not a ton of photos (because it’s a chapter book), but real-life amazing stories about kangaroos. This is a step ahead of their “Readers” books (like the Lion one above).
- Ponies & Horses Sticker and Activity Book – Quite honestly, my kids weren’t really into this one. It’s a bit on the “girly” side, but would be great for a road trip or just some time to sit and rest.
Win a package of books! (2 winners)
Two of you will be winning a package of books to help promote summer reading.
- National Geographic package: Birds of Prey, Bears, Lions, Kangaroo to the Rescue, Ponies & Horses Sticker Book
- Sasquatch Books package: My Wilderness, Arrow, Larry Under the Sea
As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widgets below to enter to win. The winners will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help! The National Geographic giveaway is open to the U.S. only.; The Sasquatch Books giveaway is open to US and Canada.
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