Last Child in the Woods

Last Child in the Woods

By Richard Louv

  • Release Date: 2008-04-22
  • Genre: Parenting
Score: 4.5
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“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

Reviews

  • Don't let these ideas die

    4
    By John Bills
    You may not have to agree with every point he makes, however, Louv argues a clear case for cultural change. There's no reason to hesitate or let his ideas become popular decades later. Many nations and communities need these kind of changes now. I especially appreciate the guide at the end of the book with actionable suggestions one might take as opposed to just leaving the reader with moral concepts only.
  • Must read for parents,educators, & politicians

    5
    By Blakeinatlanta
    Excellent book for parenting, for anyone who Is concerned about education, doctors, anyone who has experienced depression, ADHD, or other mental problems, grand parents, teachers, people that love the outdoors, Politicians. Very good statistical info. Great for poor school districts and charter schools as well. Join the movement, read the book and pass it on.

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