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Add this to your Summer Reading list – Families on Foot : Urban Hikes to Backyard Treks and National Park Adventures

Families on Foot : Urban Hikes to Backyard Treks
and National Park Adventures

Thinking about hiking this summer? Here’s a book that’ll help out. From what to pack, to what to cook,
it’s all inside.

Down and Dirty Tips and Tricks for Families on the Trail Published in partnership with the American Hiking Society, Families on Foot offers practical advice and engaging activities to make hiking even more fun for families. You’ll find clever ideas and inspiration that apply to kids of all ages–from tackling diaper blowouts in the backcountry to using smartphone apps and GPS to engage teenagers with nature. Information for children with special needs and seniors also is included. Author Jennifer Pharr Davis, the former record holder of the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, together with her husband Brew Davis, marries old-fashioned know-how on safety, preparation, and trail conservation with modern day activities and technology, inspirational and interactive games, and down-and-dirty fun on the trail. Information includes smart tactics for families with kids of a variety ages on the trail–from tackling diaper blowouts in the backcountry to getting teenagers engaged in nature with smartphone apps and GPS–and is inclusive of special needs children and senior adults.

Mad props to the book for including pregnant women and folks with special needs in the book. Hiking is for everyone!


Do Fairies Bring the Spring? by Liza Gardner Walsh Illustrated by Hazel Mitchell

Do Fairies Bring the Spring?


After a long winter s rest with little to do,
are the fairies ready to start something new,

Do they use tiny brushes and oil pastels
to paint crocuses, lilacs, and daffodils?

It may not seem like it but spring is right around the corner! If you have a little one at home who loves fairies then they will love this book. I’ve always wanted to make a fairy garden and maybe this year will be the year I finally get it done. How sweet are the miniature homes, chairs, tea cups, and etc?

Do Fairies Bring the Spring is the perfect book for homeschool, regular school or even after school playtime. You could incorporate so many gardening lessons with it. As the lovely poem skips along through the book you can see what the multicultural¬†fairies do to keep the ground ready for flowers. You could build lessons that do similar care and feeding of the flowers. You could also build little fairy gardens in a plant pot if you don’t have access to outdoor space.

I’m totally thinking I might want to build a tea party around this adorable book!