Just in time for summer comes a definitive manual on taking advantage of everything the outdoors has to offer. Tornio and Keffer encourage kids to appreciate the subtleties of nature in a fast-paced, technology-saturated world. The manual is divided into four chapters, one for each season. Each chapter has its own checklist of activities, from the obvious, such as building a snowman, to the more inspired, such as creating a DIY winter wreath. Activities include recipes, trip destinations, crafts, games, and more. Each activity is measured on an adventure scale, so readers can decide just how bold they would like to be. The overarching goal is unstructured, imaginative play that will foster an appreciation for fresh air and nature throughout the year. This guidebook can be considered a sort of response to the overscheduled media environment that most young people find themselves immersed in, but its approach is undaunting, imploring kids to simply get outside a bit each day. Grades 3-8. --Erin Anderson
"Outdoor experiences can help to make kids smarter, healthier, and happier. But what is there to do outdoors? Everything! Here's a fun, practical guide, bursting with ideas and inspiration for everyday adventures. We'll be giving this book to every kid and every family we know."
-Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman, naturalists and authors of the Kaufman Field Guide series
"The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book is a jam-packed, fun-filled delight. This book is for anyone who ever wanted to tap a maple tree, conquer a corn maze, make an ice sculpture or go owling—or better yet, do all those things and hundreds more with their families. Stacy and Ken have captured the joy of being alive and the rhythm of the seasons and the natural world. With this book as inspiration, all you need to do is open the door and go."
-Susan Sachs Lipman, author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, and Social Media Director for the Children & Nature Network