Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (Paperback)

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Claire's Staff Pick (April 2014): “Our society is teaching young people to avoid direct experience in nature. Our institutions, urban/suburban design, and cultural attitudes unconsciously associate nature with doom—while disassociating the outdoors from joy and solitude.”

The concept of nature deficit disorder connects to each one of us, as more and more of our lives are spent inside. This fascinating book thoroughly investigates the importance of nature in child development, and how the natural world nurtures creativity within all of us.

Louv leaves you inspired rather than despairing through stories of positive changes taking place across the country, and provides support for parents and educators to encourage outdoor exploration.

— From Claire's Picks


"The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable." --Richard Louv, from the new edition

In his landmark work Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv brought together cutting-edge studies that pointed to direct exposure to nature as essential for a child's healthy physical and emotional development. Now this new edition updates the growing body of evidence linking the lack of nature in children's lives and the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv's message has galvanized an international back-to-nature campaign to "Leave No Child Inside." His book will change the way you think about our future and the future of our children.

" The] national movement to 'leave no child inside' . . . has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, state legislative action, grass-roots projects, a U.S. Forest Service initiative to get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote a 'green hour' in each day. . . . The increased activism has been partly inspired by a best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods, and its author, Richard Louv." --The Washington Post

"Last Child in the Woods, which describes a generation so plugged into electronic diversions that it has lost its connection to the natural world, is helping drive a movement quickly flourishing across the nation." --The Nation's Health

"This book is an absolute must-read for parents." --The Boston Globe
Now includes
A Field Guide with 100 Practical Actions We Can Take
Discussion Points for Book Groups, Classrooms, and Communities
Additional Notes by the Author
New and Updated Research from the U.S. and Abroad
Product Details
ISBN: 9781565126053
ISBN-10: 156512605X
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2008
Pages: 390
Language: English