Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

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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

About Richard Louv

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Richard Louv is a journalist and the author of seven books about the connections between family, nature, and community. His most recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, has been translated into nine languages and published in thirteen countries. Louv is the chairman and cofounder of the Children and Nature Network ( and was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society, in 2008. Find him online at
Published April 22, 2008 by Algonquin Books. 412 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Merullo, author of the Revere Beach series andGolfing with God , delivers a comic but winningly spiritual road-trip novel. Otto Ringling is a food-book editor and a happily married father of two livin

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Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv is a must read for any parent that has a concern for the environment and the health and well-being of their children.

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Important things like attention deficient disorders, obesity, basic social skills and success as a part of society are just a few of the things discussed as being caused or affected through the lack of time children spend outside playing.

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I lived on a small creek growing up and those sensations - smells, coolness, slippery and rough, shadows, nooks - are embedded forever, with great fondness.

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Spirituality & Practice

But, notes Louv, the media, schools, families, and neighborhood regulatory structures have "scared children straight out of the woods and fields" and given in to a litigious culture that favors organized sports over unsupervised play in nature.

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